British Rowing Statement

British Rowing statement in relation to Mr. Nicholas Parnell


In 2020, British Rowing placed Mr Nicholas Parnell on a precautionary suspension which was subsequently lifted with no further action taken. However, Mr Parnell breached the suspension on three occasions.

Due to this, a referral was made to British Rowing’s Case Management Group (CMG), and following Section four of British Rowing’s Complaints and Disciplinary Procedure, which can be found here, the CMG came to the following recommendations:

  • Mr Parnell be advised a Fixed Term Suspension from all British Rowing activities to be imposed for six months from the date of the CMG report (12.02.2021)
  • Mr Parnell to undertake a further appropriate whole day (or equivalent online) training course in Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Vulnerable Adults. To be carried out in person or online, and immediately following the period of suspension, before recommencing any Coaching

As a result of this, Mr Parnell has been disqualified from participating in rowing activities under the governance of British rowing, other than as a public spectator at an affiliated event, for six months, effective from 12 February 2021. Once the six-month disqualification period is complete and following the satisfactory completion of appropriate safeguarding training and forensic risk assessment, before approaching any club, he is to advise British Rowing of any intention to make an application for club membership or to be involved in club activities.

British Rowing takes any matter relating to safeguarding children very seriously. It is essential that acts which compromise the safety and welfare of children are prevented, and that anyone who has contact with children does so in line with British Rowing guidance and adheres to the British Rowing Code of Conduct. Failure to do so will result in appropriate sanctions.

British Rowing’s Safeguarding and Protecting Children (SPC) Policy can be found here:

SPC policy

Safeguarding or child protection concerns relating to the sport of rowing, whether new or historic, should normally be communicated to the relevant Club Welfare Officer (CWO) unless there is a reason why this is not possible or appropriate. In such circumstances, British Rowing’s Lead Safeguarding Officer can be contacted at [email protected].

Concerns, particularly if there is an urgent risk of harm to a child, can also be reported through statutory agencies (NSPCC, Local Children’s Social Care, LADO, and Police).

For anyone with a child protection or safeguarding concern relating to rowing, who may not wish or feel able to speak directly to British Rowing, the following organisations can offer help or support:

NSPCC Helpline: 0800 800 500 |

ChildLine: 0800 1111 |

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