Henley Royal Regatta’s live production and broadcast of the 2015 Regatta has made the Official Shortlist for an award in the prestigious BT Sport Industry Awards.
The production, which was streamed on YouTube for all five days of the Regatta and included the ground-breaking inclusion of live aerial pictures from a drone camera, has made the final list in the Cutting Edge Sport Award.
Sir Steve Redgrave, Chairman of the Committee of Management said: “We are delighted to have made the shortlist in the Cutting Edge category. It is testament to the fantastic job done by the HRR Broadcast team, Sunset + Vine and SP Films that Henley is now on a shortlist alongside the likes of Hawk-Eye technology, and Formula E. We set out to innovate, and raise the standard of broadcast coverage of our sport. So it is gratifying, and a great honour for the team and the Regatta, to have received this industry recognition."
The official shortlist - selected by more than 70 key industry figures involving 40 hours of intensive judging - will now go forward for consideration by the main judging panel to decide the winners in each category. Nick Keller, Chairman, Sport Industry Group, said: “Throughout a thorough steering process, overseen by our official adjudicators EY, the Steering Committees had as tough a job as ever narrowing down the list, with any piece of work making the Official Shortlist representing a truly stellar achievement.”
The winners will be announced on April 28th 2016 at the BT Sport Industry Awards, the industry’s flagship commercial sports awards event. It is attended by 1,750 high profile guests from the British and international sport industry including business leaders and media. More information can be found at http://www.sportindustry.biz/events/awards/2016/shortlist
HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA - STEWARDS' DECEMBER MEETING 2015
The Committee of Management has become increasingly aware that there is a need to try to help good club oarsmen who have previously won a club event at Henley Royal Regatta to stay in the sport and support the rowing community, so as to improve the level of regional rowing overall.
The Committee has therefore concluded that for The Thames Challenge Cup a crew may contain up to two oarsmen who have previously won The Thames, The Wyfold or The Britannia Challenge Cups. For The Wyfold Challenge Cup this would be one oarsman. The Britannia Challenge Cup will stay the same. Clubs are reminded of General Rule 3:-
"The Committee shall have the power, at any time, to notify a club that an entry will not be accepted in certain events if the Committee considers such an entry to be inappropriate."
To avoid disappointment, should a club have any doubts as to the suitability of one or more potential crew members for The Thames, The Wyfold or The Britannia Challenge Cups then the Captain or Coach should contact William Hammond, the Steward in charge of entries, at the earliest possible date.
The Stewards of Henley Royal Regatta would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr Iain Reid for 28 years of service on the Committee of Management; he will be replaced by Neil Chugani.
8th December, 2015
For further information contact: D. G. M. Grist,
The Secretary, Henley Royal Regatta, Regatta Headquarters, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 2LY
Today’s men’s eight final at the Henley Royal Regatta was a ‘top of the bill’ race between the World Champions, Great Britain, and Germany, Olympic Champions.
Screamed home by the famous Henley crowd, the GB eight put in a storming performance to defend their title and win by clear water.
The British eight was super-fast out of the blocks, had built a big lead and powered over the line.
In this fascinating duel between two of the top crews in the world in the sport’s blue riband event, the score this season now stands at 2-1 to the British crew – many of whom had been following the women’s world cup football results.
New Zealand’s Olympic Champion, Mahe Drysdale, added a remarkable fifth Henley title to his career tally at Henley Royal Regatta this morning.
Competing in the open single scull event, the Diamond Challenge Sculls, he made this man-killing event - on one of the toughest courses in international rowing - look easy and won in 8:11 by a big margin over Hungarian International Gabor Csepregi.
“It’s a Regatta I always enjoy coming to”, said Drysdale. “It’s always great to race these guys that you don’t know much about because you never know what they’re going to throw at you and I’ve really enjoyed the Regatta”.
Mirka Knapkova, from the Czech Republic will seek to emulate Drysdale in this afternoon’s programme in the equivalent women’s event. The Olympic Champion, who based herself in Henley in the lead up to the 2012 Games, also has four titles going into the finals today.
The Great Britain men’s eight teed up the final the home crowd wanted when they beat the Australians in the semis of the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta today.
Racing here as Leander Club & Molesey B.C., the British boat now face their arch-rivals Germany. This morning they made light of a swirling head-wind to come through in 6:32 against the Australian national eight freshly arrived in Europe.
GB, the World Champions, and Germany, the Olympic Champions, have raced each other twice already this season. The Germans won in Poznan to take the European title whilst the British took the honours in Varese in a thrilling world cup final 10 days ago.
Paul Bennett, a reigning World Champion, said: “I am actually really excited about facing Germany here. We obviously usually race six lanes but this will be a real side-by-side, honest battle. We have been back and forth the last few times we have raced each other, so I really don’t know what is going to happen. It’s just going to be a genuine, hard race fought tooth and nail”.
The German coach Ralf Holtmeyer, whose crew is relishing the chance to race the GB boat on their home waters, said: “We like racing here, it’s very British, it’s different to other international regattas and the boys like it. Poznan was not the normal form of the British eight. After Poznan we said the potential of the British eight is higher and Varese was the higher level. And now we see.”
Great Britain’s eight, racing here as Leander & Molesey B.C., made light of the headwind to beat Australia’s national eight comfortably in their semi-final of the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.
The GB eight, stacked with World or Olympic medallists such as Alex Gregory, Pete Reed, George Nash, Matt Gotrel, Paul Bennett, Mohamed Shihi and Phelan Hill, produced a rock-solid start and gradually pulled away.
Stroked by local hero Will Satch - and including for the first time this year Boat Race winner Constantine Louloudis who is back in action after his University finals – the British eight just piled on the pressure to win by a length and a quarter in 6:32.
Australia, who are coached now by the renowned Tim McClaren, challenged consistently in the second half but could not make any headway.
Experts predicted that the clash between the Universities of Washington and Princeton in the Ladies’ Challenge Plate for intermediate eights would be the match up of the day at Henley Royal Regatta.
It did not disappoint. Princeton led early but Washington battled back to take the verdict.
Remarkably the strokeman of the Princeton eight was racing for the second time that day in the same event. He had earlier raced and lost with the Princeton “B” crew but was called up only hours later into his Universities top boat because of injury to their strokeman.
19 year-old strokeman Julian Goldman therefore went into one of the biggest races of his life having already rowed Henley’s demanding course. Afterwards he said: “I’m not quite as tired as I thought I’d be now. But I know I’m going to feel it later.”
Mahe Drysdale and Mirka Knapkova, the Olympic Champions in the open single sculls for men and women respectively, both won their opening races. They are both seeking fifth titles apiece here.
It was a busy morning for the Henley Royal Regatta historians as five records tumbled during a blistering start to day three.
Scottish and Dutch crews were in celebratory mood with significant wins and records between them.
Easily the most eye-catching record was the time of 6:03 set by Dutch eight ASR Nereus in the Temple Challenge Cup – a full nine seconds faster than the previous record set jointly by Harvard University and University of Berkeley, California in 2011.
“That’s amazing, that’s almost on a par with Bob Beamon breaking the long jump record all those years ago,” said Martin Cross, rowing commentator and 1984 Olympic gold medallist.
Today, Henley Royal Regatta is incorporating the pioneering use of a drone camera in its live coverage of the 176 year-old river racing. Whilst the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in sports filming is not new, only recent developments in drone and camera technology have allowed live pictures to be incorporated into an outside broadcast.
The UAV is being flown from a purpose-built platform in the middle of the Thames adjacent to the traditional Henley racing course, and can provide previously unseen angles and views of a rowing race. For the first time, the one-on-one nature of Henley’s match racing can be seen from above.
Westminster School are still on course for the triple crown having beaten Hampton School in this afternoon’s second round of the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.
They are already National Schools’ and Schools’ Head winners and are seeking to add the schoolboy event title here. They won by a length and a third during the post-lunch sessions in which the USA’s huge entry began to make its presence felt.
No fewer than 23 American crews were in action as a precursor to the next two days’ racing which will see some significant US rivalries on the Henley Reach.
For the first time in almost a century two American “giants’ will go head-to-head at Henley 2015 when the Universities of Princeton and Washington race each other in the heats of the Ladies’ Challenge Plate for intermediate eights.
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