Nominations open for 2014 Parmigiani Spirit Award

Now in its second year, World Rowing’s Parmigiani Spirit Award will see an individual university rower awarded with a custom-made Filippi racing eight and a Parmigiani Fleurier watch.

The Parmigiani Spirit Award celebrates a university rower who best ‘demonstrates the core values of rowing in their life’ – commitment, dedication, determination, endurance, fairness, focus, inclusiveness, life balance, respect for nature, self-discipline and teamwork.

The winner is expected to have contributed to the sporting success of others, as well as themselves, and the award is open to all competing university rowers.

Each nomination must be made by two of the nominated rower’s teammates, supported by the rowing club and endorsed by the university. Only one member may be nominated by each club.

Last year’s inaugural award went to University of London BC rower James Cook, who was recognised for his excellent work on the water – both for his university club, for the rowers he coaches – and for the fund-raising work he has done to provide clean drinking water for villages in Africa.

“The idea of this award is that it goes to somebody who is rowing but who is also doing other things,” FISA President Denis Oswald said after the 2013 Awards ceremony in London. “Perhaps coaching and helping younger athletes to make progress [or], like Jamie, helping villages in Zambia to have access to clean water.”

To submit your nomination for the 2014 Parmigiani Spirit Award, visit