2 April update on coronavirus

We have today taken the decision to extend the suspension of British Rowing-run and managed events until 30 June and continue to advise that Affiliated Competitions do not run for the same period. This is in light of the current situation across the UK and the outlook in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19) over the next few months.

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We have made this decision as the number one priority for British Rowing is public health and the wellbeing of all those who attend our events and Affiliated Competitions. It is important that the rowing community does everything to strictly follow the Government’s advice on non-essential travel and social distancing and we believe this decision will help provide clarity on the application of this guidance and certainty for events during this period. Our advice for Affiliated Clubs remains as previously published.

In addition, we are extending the closure of our office in Hammersmith and the National Training Centre in Caversham until further notice.

We continue to monitor the situation on a regular basis and will provide updates beyond June as more information becomes available.

This decision will affect a number of planned British Rowing events including, unfortunately, the cancellation of the 2020 British Rowing Masters Championships. Following a review of possible alternative arrangements, it has also been decided to now cancel the previously postponed Shape Rowing’s Future Discussion Day. A full list of events (including those previously cancelled) is available below.

Full list of affected events

Date(s) Event Status
21/3 British Rowing Awards Postponed – date TBC
21/3 Classification opportunity (Worcester) Cancelled
21/3-24/3 Junior Spring Assessments Cancelled
25/3 Board Meeting Moved to virtual meeting
4/4-5/4 J16 Development Camp Cancelled
11/4 Para Talent ID Day Postponed – date/format under review
10/4-12/4 U23 & Development Squad Trials Cancelled
19/4 Shape Rowing’s Future – British Rowing Discussion Day Cancelled
24/4-25/4 GBRT April Junior trials Cancelled
24/4-26/4 World Class Start Testing Camp Cancelled
25/4 Junior Inter-Regional Regatta Cancelled
13/6-14/6 British Rowing Masters Championships Cancelled
22/6 Student Talent ID Test Day Cancelled
27/6 Classification Opportunity (Yorkshire) Cancelled
28/6 GB vs. France J16 Trials Cancelled
Various Women’s Training Days Postponed
Various Coaching Courses Postponed
Date(s):
21/3
Event:
British Rowing Awards
Status:
Postponed – date TBC
Date(s):
21/3
Event:
Classification opportunity (Worcester)
Status:
Cancelled
Date(s):
21/3-24/3
Event:
Junior Spring Assessments
Status:
Cancelled
Date(s):
25/3
Event:
Board Meeting
Status:
Moved to virtual meeting
Date(s):
4/4-5/4
Event:
J16 Development Camp
Status:
Cancelled
Date(s):
11/4
Event:
Para Talent ID Day
Status:
Postponed – date/format under review
Date(s):
10/4-12/4
Event:
U23 & Development Squad Trials
Status:
Cancelled
Date(s):
19/4
Event:
Shape Rowing’s Future – British Rowing Discussion Day
Status:
Cancelled
Date(s):
24/4-25/4
Event:
GBRT April Junior trials
Status:
Cancelled
Date(s):
24/4-26/4
Event:
World Class Start Testing Camp
Status:
Cancelled
Date(s):
25/4
Event:
Junior Inter-Regional Regatta
Status:
Cancelled
Date(s):
13/6-14/6
Event:
British Rowing Masters Championships
Status:
Cancelled
Date(s):
22/6
Event:
Student Talent ID Test Day
Status:
Cancelled
Date(s):
27/6
Event:
Classification Opportunity (Yorkshire)
Status:
Cancelled
Date(s):
28/6
Event:
GB vs. France J16 Trials
Status:
Cancelled
Date(s):
Various
Event:
Women’s Training Days
Status:
Postponed
Date(s):
Various
Event:
Coaching Courses
Status:
Postponed

FAQs for Affiliated Competitions

Should I cancel my event if it is taking place after 30 June?

At this stage, the situation over the next few months is unclear and so it is advisable to make sure you understand the implications of any future cancellation so you can plan ahead, monitoring the likely scenarios and ensure you minimise the impact on your volunteers, competitors and your event itself. You shouldn’t feel the need to wait for British Rowing to make a nationwide decision if you feel the right decision for your event is to cancel/postpone.

Can I reschedule my cancelled event for later in the year?

The National Competition Committee will not consider any calendar changes for postponed Affiliated Competitions until the situation becomes clearer. Thank you for your understanding with this difficult situation.

How will this affect the Ranking Points Index?

We also recognise that the disruption to competitions will have an impact on the Ranking Points Index and, at an appropriate time, will be reviewing any actions that may be required to mitigate this.

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