Recognition for West Region volunteers

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Recognition for West Region rowing volunteers

In the past month, many volunteers in the region have been recognised and awarded for their efforts and dedication towards rowing.

British Rowing Volunteer awards

Regional volunteer award- Bob Board won this award for his outstanding services to the West of England ARA, West Regional Rowing Council and clubs in the region: ‘Bob was a founder member of Exmouth Rowing Club in 1993 and is still a very active member of the club. For the last fourteen years he has been an extremely efficient secretary to the West of England ARA. Bob was also Secretary to the West Regional Rowing Council when it was first set up, taking up that role again in 2009. An umpire and entries secretary for the South Coast Championships, his communication skills are faultless. He is a problem solver who gives direction to all developments and supports and encourages all events in the West of England. Bob, thank you for your ongoing and long lasting contribution to rowing in the West.’


Bob at the ceremony


Medal of merit – Kevin Dentith. ‘The Medal of Merit was introduced to recognise those who have given exceptional service to both their Club and their Region.

‘Kevin Dentith has been a member of Exeter Rowing Club for thirty-four years.  He is an active officer as Captain and Chairman, a successful Coach and qualified umpire. ‘On behalf of the Region he has spent 15 years as representative on the National Coaching Committee, and has been the most efficient of Secretaries for the National Coaching Committee. He will attend a very technical meeting on Saturday and have the minutes produced for Monday. ‘Kevin was President of WEARA and played an important role in forging early partnerships with British Rowing.’


Citations taken from – Pic: Gerard Brown

Diamond Jubilee medal

To mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year, the Chairman invited all British Rowing members to nominate people who had gone that extra mile for our sport and who through their dedication have helped to lay down a legacy for future generations of rowers.

Beryl Tregear – Looe. Beryl worked tirelessly to obtain the planning and funding for the new club premises. The new boathouse means that boats can get on the water all year round and Beryl’s contribution to the build has resulted in a real legacy for rowing in the local community.

Shane Sullivan – Charlestown. Shane is Club Chairman and has been a driving force in heading up the team that succeeded in obtaining a new site in the Charlestown Harbour, raising the profile of the club with the aim of attracting many new members to gig rowing.

Don Seymour – Rame. Don is described as ‘the best fund raiser in the South West.’ Financially astute, he has worked tirelessly to ensure that Rame Gig Club obtained one of the best and most efficient small footprint facilities in the sport.

Stuart Mountford – Devoran. Stuart breathed new life into a weary group of gig rowers who were let down after a constraint was discovered on negotiated land. He was instrumental in finding a new site and the building work is imminent. A modest man who deserves much praise for the work of himself and his team.


Diamond jubilee award  

Citations from Pic: Gerard Brown

Cornwall Sports Awards

On Friday 9th November, Cornwall Sports Partnership held their annual sports awards at the Headland Hotel in Newquay. Rowing was very well supported & guest speaker GB rower Annie Vernon kept the audience entertained after dinner with a great speech. The following were recognised:


Jacqui Blake (Saltash RC) – community volunteer of the year & official of the year. Falmouth Gig Club – Club of the year. Rhiannon Halliday (Caradon GC) – junior coach of the year & U25 coach.

Prize winners:

Shane Sullivan (Charlestown RC) – Lifetime services to sport & community volunteer


Nankersey RC – Sportivate project of the year – Sportivate explores rowing


Information and pics from  

Telegraph / Waitrose volunteer awards

James Cockley of Fowey Gig Club (previous Cornwall U25 coach of the year) has been nominated for his work coaching within the club.

Well done to all who were recognised – it is volunteers like this who are the back bone of the sport.

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