Henley Royal Regatta 2010
At their AGM in London held on 10th December, the Stewards of Henley Royal Regatta announced that they were looking forward to some excellent racing at the 2010 Regatta. With the World Rowing Championships taking place rather later than is usual in 2010, many of the top international crews are likely to want to race at the Regatta.
“Obviously we will not know with certainty until entries close in June of next year but early indications are that we will have one of the highest quality international fields for a long time”, said Regatta Chairman, Mike Sweeney. “A number of leading international coaches have indicated that Henley is in their plans for 2010 in order to give their crews another racing opportunity in a somewhat disjointed season”.
During the past year the Trustees were very pleased to be able to increase the total amount of grant aid that was dispersed to over £300,000, against a background of difficult economic circumstances. The Trust was also able to announce that donations totalling over £300,000 would be made next year, to continue funding grass-roots rowing projects and particularly the fourteen scholarship coaches operating in regions all across the country.
In the local area, grants were awarded to Longridge Boating Centre in Marlow to develop a rowing programme to sit alongside its long-established sailing and canoeing programmes and further support was given to a junior coaching initiative based at Upper Thames Rowing Club.
Two new Stewards were appointed;
Peter Cusack, originally a member of Putney Town Rowing Club, who now lives in Shropshire and is a member of Pengwern Boat Club in Shrewsbury. Peter has been a Chairman’s Assistant at the Regatta since 1986 and for the majority of this time he has acted as ‘Regatta Control’.
Jamie Koven of Brown University, Rhode Island. Jamie is a double Olympian, a World Champion both in the eight and as a single sculler and a multiple winner at Henley.