GB rowers and coaches honoured as awards season gets underway
‘Tis the season of awards and it’s fantastic to see GB rowers and coaches being honoured for their achievements this year
The awards season is well underway with BBC Sports Personality of the Year taking place on Sunday evening (19th December) with some of our delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic athletes joining the virtual audience to celebrate the sporting year.
Last week double Olympic champion Helen Glover picked up the Spirit of High Performance Award at the annual PLx awards, which recognises individuals, teams and outstanding projects within the Olympic and Paralympic high-performance community and is run by UK Sport. Judges were inspired by Helen’s 2021 journey, where she became the first woman to return to the GB Rowing Team and compete at an Olympics for Team GB after having children.
The Mussabini Medals were given to all coaches of gold medallists at the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and are named after Scipio Africanus Mussabini (Sam), widely recognised as a pioneer of modern sports coaching. The tradition of awarding medals in Sam’s name dates back to the very start of the UK Coaching Awards.
— World Rowing (@WorldRowing) December 13, 2021
Finally, following a public nomination process, World Rowing has announced that Lauren Rowles and Lawrence Whiteley (PR2Mix2x) have been nominated as Para Rowing Crew of the Year. Norway’s Birgit Skarstein (PR1W1x) and Ukranian Roman Polianskyi (PR1M1x) also made the shortlist.
The winner will be announced at the virtual awards event on Saturday, 29 January 2022.