Stewards' Meeting December 2013 - Committee of Management for 2014

Stewards' Meeting December 2013 - Committee of Management for 2014

  1. The Club Events at Henley Royal Regatta
  2. The Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup
  3. Committee of Management for 2014
  4. Election of Stewards


The Committee of Management for 2014 is as follows:

  • Mr. M. A. Sweeney
  • Dr. I. Reid
  • Mr. R. C. Lester
  • Mr. F. J. Smallbone
  • Mr. M. D. Williams
  • Professor N. B. Rankov
  • Sir Steve Redgrave, C.B.E.
  • Mr. R. C. Phelps
  • Mr. R. C. Stanhope
  • Mr. G. W. Hammond
  • Mr. F. B. Hunt-Davis, M.B.E.
  • Miss G. Batten

Mike Sweeney has been elected as Chairman and Sir Steve Redgrave as Vice-Chairman for the 2014 Regatta.

Mike Sweeney was first elected Chairman of the Committee of Management in January 1993. He has informed the Committee that he intends to retire as Chairman after the 2014 Regatta, the 175th Anniversary of the foundation of the Regatta.
 

 

11th December, 2013

For further information contact: D. G. M. Grist,
The Secretary, Henley Royal Regatta,
Regatta Headquarters, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 2LY
Telephone 01491-572153

 

Stewards' Meeting December 2013 - Election of Stewards

Stewards' Meeting December 2013 - Election of Stewards

  1. The Club Events at Henley Royal Regatta
  2. The Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup
  3. Committee of Management for 2014
  4. Election of Stewards
     

Election of Steward - Fiona Dennis

Fiona Dennis has been elected a Steward of the Regatta.

Fiona was born and educated in Derbyshire and is a member of Derby Rowing Club and Leander Club. She has recently retired from her teaching career as a Primary School Head Teacher.

Fiona is an International Umpire and a past member of the Thames Regional Umpires’ Committee. She umpired at the 2012 London Paralympic Games. She worked for six months with London 2012 and was responsible for the ‘Field of Play’ at Dorney Lake for the London Olympics.

Fiona has played an important role in many of the key areas of British Rowing. She is a past member of both the British Rowing Council and the British Rowing Executive Board. For many years she was the Chairman of the British Rowing Championships as well as being Chairman of the Race Committee for the Henley Women’s Regatta and the Women’s Head of the River Race.

Fiona is presently chairing the British Rowing Competition Committee, tasked with a complete review of the current competition structure. 

 

Election of Steward - Mark Hunter

Mark Hunter, M.B.E. has been elected a Steward of the Regatta.

Mark was educated at Bower Park Academy and Havering Sixth Form College. Mark’s rowing career started at Poplar, Blackwall & District Rowing Club in the east end of London.

He quickly progressed through the GB rowing ranks, representing his country in the World Junior Championships in 1995 and 1996 before going on to achieve success at the U23 World Rowing Championships from 1997 to 2000. In 2001 Mark made the key decision to change class and to race as a lightweight.

In 2005 he was elected captain of Leander Club. In 2007 he teamed up with Zac Purchase and in their first year together they won a bronze medal at the World Championships in the Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls. In 2008 this double was the only undefeated crew in world rowing, going on to win the Olympic title in Beijing. In 2009 Mark was awarded an M.B.E. for his services to rowing.

After a year off in 2009, the double won gold medals at both the 2010 and 2011 World Championships. At the London Olympics in 2012 Mark won a silver medal in the Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls. 


Election of Steward - Tom James

Tom James, M.B.E. has been elected a Steward of the Regatta.

Tom James was educated at The King’s School, Chester before studying engineering at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. 

In his two appearances at the Junior World Rowing Championships Tom won a bronze medal and then a silver medal. His first senior international appearance was in 2003 when he stroked the Great Britain Eight which won a bronze medal at the World Championships.

Whilst at Cambridge Tom took part in the Boat Race four times in five years between 2003 and 2007 (taking a year off to train for the 2004 Summer Olympics). He was elected President of CUBC for the 2007 Boat Race.

Tom rowed in the two outstanding British coxless fours which won gold medals at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the London Olympics in 2012.  He currently rows at Molesey Boat Club and he was appointed M.B.E. in the 2009 New Year Honours.

 

11th December, 2013

For further information contact: D. G. M. Grist,
The Secretary, Henley Royal Regatta,
Regatta Headquarters, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 2LY
Telephone 01491-572153

 

Stewards' Meeting December 2013 - The Club Events at Henley Royal Regatta

Stewards' Meeting December 2013 - The Club Events at Henley Royal Regatta

  1. The Club Events at Henley Royal Regatta
  2. The Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup
  3. Committee of Management for 2014
  4. Election of Stewards


The Committee of Management has become increasingly aware of the trend for university and college students to train with their student clubs and to compete in student events during the academic year but then to transfer to a club in order to row in one of the three club events at the Regatta - The Thames, The Wyfold or The Britannia Challenge Cups.

The Committee has considered this trend and has determined that it is detrimental to the spirit and intentions of the three club events. If a student chooses to compete exclusively for a club throughout the year then he is an entirely appropriate member of his club’s crew for the Regatta. If, however, a student has trained and raced for his university or college at a high level in competitive events during the year then his appearance in a club crew will be deemed to be inappropriate. 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."

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 George Hammond, the Steward in charge of entries, at the earliest possible date.

 

11th December, 2013

For further information contact: D. G. M. Grist,
The Secretary, Henley Royal Regatta,
Regatta Headquarters, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 2LY
Telephone 01491-572153

 

Hodge strokes GB eight to victory in the Grand to top a marquee Henley Royal Regatta

The GrandAndrew Triggs Hodge stroked Great Britain to a record-busting win in the Grand Challenge Cup for men’s eights at Henley Royal Regatta today.

Competing as Leander Club and Molesey B.C., the British combination took three seconds off the record held previously by the German national eight, and set in 2011, to record a time of 5:54 on the world-famous course.

Their victory over the University of Washington by over a length set the seal on a successful 164th Henley Royal Regatta, played out in front of record crowds.

Grand finale in store

The scene is set at the 164th Henley Royal Regatta for a Grand Challenge Cup final to savour.

In today’s semi-finals the University of Washington beat the Polish National eight racing as WKS Zawisza & RTW Lotto and will now meet the Great Britain men’s eight racing here as Leander Club & Molesey B.C.

Lucas and Langridge win battle of the weights

Bill Lucas and Matt Langridge showed the progress they have made since coming together for the Eton Dorney World Cup just two weeks ago when they handed a heavy defeat to the Chambers brothers in the Double Sculls Challenge at Henley Royal Regatta this morning.

The margin of victory over the Chambers siblings – Peter and Richard  - who are representing Leander Club here but who more usually compete as the GB Rowing Team lightweight men’s double, was bigger than expected.

Drysdale out but Bond and Murray continue their run on a day when all the leading GB boats progress.

Murray & Bond All the leading British crews moved safely through their opening rounds at Henley Royal Regatta on a day when New Zealand’s top boats met mixed fortunes.

Olympic Champions Hamish Bond and Eric Murray continued their peerless run since 2009 in the men’s pair by winning their heat of the Silver Goblets Challenge Cup but by the time they went to the start,their fellow 2012 Gold medallist Mahe Drysdale had been knocked out.

Olympic Champion Drysdale makes shock exit from Henley Royal Regatta

M Drysdale scullingOlympic champion Mahe Drysdale found the going tough on his competitive return to international racing at Henley Royal Regatta today, suffering defeat to Aleksandr Aleksandrov of Azerbaijan in the Diamond Challenge Cup for men’s single scullers.

The New Zealander took a break from training after winning gold in London and tried his hand at triathlons and other enduranceevents.  Aleksandrov was fifth in that Olympic final but won with something to spare today.

Champion revenge for Olympian Spik on a day when the Wyfold Challenge Cup set Regatta alight

L SpikOlympic champions Luka Spik and Joseph Sullivan went head to head in the Diamond Challenge Cup for single sculls at Henley Royal Regatta today with Slovenia’s Spik getting the upper hand this time.

The result was a reversal of the London 2012 Games encounter in the double sculls when it was the New Zealander who was crowned champion.

Today’s win by five lengths for 33 year-old Spik might have raised eyebrows but Spik is in full training and Sullivan is just coming back from a long Olympic lay-off.

Big opening day crowd treated to some spectacular racing

CoxHenley Royal Regatta Chairman Mike Sweeney was delighted with the biggest opening day crowd for more than two decades as the Temple Challenge Cup for Universities, clubs and schools provided some of the 2013 Regatta’s most spectacular racing today.

Oxford Brookes’ University second crew produced a magnificent second half performance to row through a strong crew from the USA. The British students were led by Grand Valley State University until the mile signal, when a determined effort saw them draw level along the packed enclosures and secure a narrow win.

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