The Cornish gig rowing webiste www.GigRower.co.uk has been presented with an award of recognition from British Rowing, the sports national body, at an awards ceremony in London last weekend.
The website, www.GigRower.co.uk, founded by local rowers Toby Budd and Jeremy Stonehouse, was set up to promote the sport and help keep the pilot gig community up to date with news, results and reports.
Jeremy Stonehouse of Mylor said “It was great to get the award, we had no idea we were even nominated. Although we went to collect the award it is shared between the GigRower team of volunteers that keep the site up to date. I would personally like to thank local rowers Ryan Watts, Celia Carruthers, Jowan Rogers and Tommy Tonkins, whose help in uploading the 500 posts we get per year, helps make the site such a success. This award has been a great endorsement, not only to the website but to the sport of gig rowing”.
The sport of pilot gig racing has seen a massive resurgence in recent years and now it is estimated that over 5,000 people in the south west row pilot gigs on a regular basis. Steeped in Cornish maritime history the thirty foot wooden boats are rowed by six rowers and steered by a cox; it is now estimated that gig racing is now the fastest growing sport in Cornwall.
Toby Budd of Falmouth added “When we set up the site we had no idea how popular it was going to become, we used a blogging platform called WordPress to build the site and within a year we had hundreds of rowers a day checking the site for all the latest news and results. I would also like to thank the team who keep GigRower up to date, it is as much their award as ours and we are all really proud of what we have accomplished”
The award was presented to the non commercial website and the team that built and maintain it by Guin Batten, Silver medalist at the 2000 Olympics and Di Ellis CBE, Chairman of British Rowing.