GB’s PR3 mixed coxed four shortlisted for Para-rowing crew of the year in 2018 World Rowing Awards

The PR3 mixed coxed four has been named as one of three finalists for the Para-rowing crew of the year at the World Rowing Awards, with the winner to be announced on 23 November


Erin Wysocki-Jones, Daniel Brown, Ollie Stanhope, Grace Clough and Ellen Buttrick win gold in the PR3 mixed coxed four at the 2018 World Rowing Championships (Naomi Baker)

Great Britain’s PR3 mixed coxed four, which won gold at the 2018 World Rowing Championships, has been shortlisted as one of the Para-rowing crews of the year at the World Rowing Awards.

The crew, formed of Ellen Buttrick, Grace Clough, Ollie Stanhope, Daniel Brown and cox Erin Wysocki-Jones, took an impressive win in Plovdiv in September, holding off a strong challenge from the USA to take GB’s eighth successive major championships gold in the event.

The GB athletes are up against France’s PR2 W1x winner Perle Bouge and dominant Dutch PR2 Mix2x duo Annika van der Meer and Corne de Koning for the award.

Clough, who has been part of the last five gold medal PR3 crews, said: “It’s fantastic to be nominated for this award to cap a challenging season. While it’s the five in the boat who are nominated, our achievements wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the fantastic support network we have in place at Caversham.

Nick Baker, Ella Willott and chief coach Tom Dyson helped get us in a position to win in Plovdiv, as did the medical and physiotherapy staff who got us in the best possible shape at the end of a tough year.”

In a new category for 2018, the National Schools Regatta is nominated for the Sustainability Award for its work in reducing waste production and improving recycling opportunities.

Winners will be announced on 23 November at the World Rowing Awards dinner in Berlin.