Volunteer and Coach of the Year Awards 2015
The 2015 British Rowing Volunteer Awards took place on Saturday 28 November at the historic Cutlers’ Hall, London. The event celebrated coaches and volunteers who have made an outstanding contribution to our Sport in a variety of ways.
Overall, 43 volunteers and coaches came from across the country who were joined by club officials and members of British Rowing staff.
British Rowing Chairman, Annamarie Phelps, said, “The annual awards celebrate the countless ways our members contribute to the sport. From umpiring and coaching through to officiating and administrating, they really are the glue that binds our great sport together. I would like to thank every one of you for the time you devote to rowing”.
Presenting the awards was guest speaker and 2008 Beijing Paralympic Champion Helene Raynsford who gave a great insight into how the effort and commitment of volunteers had helped her become the first ever winner of a rowing Paralympic medal.
“Volunteers are the life and soul of grass roots sport so it is important to recognise and celebrate their work. Sport is such a powerful tool and the benefits of participation, which is facilitated mainly by volunteers in our clubs, far outweigh the time spent at the club.”
Volunteers were recognised by their regions for a range of categories including Overall Regional Winner, Event Administration and Young Volunteer. Winners included Tim and Paula Walton from the East Midlands region. Their nominee described their contribution to the sport as “immense” with the comment added that “not much in the world of British Rowing would be possible without the help of both of these two brilliant and dedicated volunteers”.
On receiving his award, Club Administration winner for the Yorkshire Region, Alex Foyle said, “The award means a lot to me. I had no idea I had even been nominated for it, so to hear I had won an award was such an honour.”
In addition, coaching awards were given for work in education development, club development and lifetime achievement. Notable winners were Ardingly Rowing Club in the Team Award for the Thames Region. The Junior Coaching team of Mark Abbott, David Clark, Mostyn Field, David Reed, Derek Riches, Carlos Scovell, Bob Simpson and Wolfgang Weis were responsible for successfully building a squad of 60 from 24 educational establishments.
The final award of the day was the National Water Safety Award which went to Antony Reynolds of Crabtree Rowing Club for his outstanding effort within safety over the past year including the review and production of the new Tideway Code. Described as taking a “professional approach”, it underlines the application and attitude of him and all the other volunteers who were recognised on the day.
For full citations of each winner, please download the booklet below.
Overall Regional Winner – Max Heron, Norwich Rowing Club & Whitlingham Boathouses
Club Administration Category – Susannah Clements, Rob Roy Boat Club
Event Administration Category – Will Everitt, Bedford Rowing Club
Open Cateory- Hugo van Kempen
East Midlands Region
Overall Regional Winner – Paula and Tim Walton, Leicester Rowing Club
North West Region
Club Administration – Fiona Marley-Paterson, Lakeland Rowing Club
Open Category – Gill Laidlaw, Warrington Rowing Club
Young Volunteer – Ellen Preece, Northwich Rowing Club, Northwich Heads & Regatta
Regional Overall Winner – Mike Dodd, Talkin Tarn Amateur Rowing Club
Open Category – Ian Stonehouse, St Leonard’s School Boat Club
Overall Regional Winner – Chris Williams, Tideway Scullers School
Young Volunteer – Maks Orzel, Royal Holloway Boat Club
Event Administration Category – Clare Doubleday and Marcus Norton, Abingdon Rowing Club & Head
Club Administration – Andy Ciecierski, Reading Rowing Club
Safety Category – Antony Reynolds, Crabtree Rowing Club
Open Category – Antony Constantinidi, Avon County Rowing Club
Event Administration – Julian Bewick, Monkton Bluefriars Boat Club
Club Administration – Jane Giddins, Minerva Bath Rowing Club
Overall Regional Winner – Mark Eastman, River Teign Rowing Club (Teign Scullers)
West Midlands Region
Event Administration – Chris Anton, Birmingham Rowing Club & Birmingham Regatta
Club Administration – Sarah Gregory, Birmingham Rowing Club
Safety Category – Chris Llewellyn, Birmingham Rowing Club
Overall Regional Winner – Phil Jones, York City Rowing Club
Club Administration Category – Alex Foyle, Hull University Boat Club
Young Volunteer – Ceri Armit, Sheffield University Rowing Club
National Water Safety Award
Antony Reynolds, Crabtree Rowing Club
Coach of the Year Awards
Special Award Lifetime Achievement
Ian Bardrick – Peterborough City Rowing Club
Highly Commended Club Performance
Tom Copeland – Cantabrigian Rowing Club
Highly Commended Education and Development
Rebecca Gill – Nottingham Trent University
John McQuillian and Richard Sinnott – Warrington Rowing Club
Peter Webster – North Staffordshire Rowing Club
Chris Williams – Tideway Scullers School
Mark Abbot, David Clark, Mostyn Field, David Reed, Derek Riches, Carlos Scovell, Bob Simpson and Wolfgang Weis, Ardingly Rowing Club
Robin Mills, Castle Dore Rowing Club
Photos by Simon Way