|Welsh Rowing is the National Governing Body for rowing (on rivers, the sea and Cardiff Bay) in Wales. Welsh Rowing is an incorporated body that works with the Sport Wales to raise the awareness of and participation in rowing within Wales. Welsh Rowing is self-governing for rowing in Wales, but values a close working relationship with British Rowing, the National Governing Body for rowing in England and for GB rowing teams) on coaching development, competition, and safety amongst other issues.
As part of our continued drive to improve, we will shortly be undergoing redevelopment of welshrowing.com
We will endeavour to keep the website updated with news items as frequently as possible but apologise in advance for any inconvenience and loss of service during this redevelopment process.
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Key club contacts have today received their membership pack for the current rowing season.
The following documents were included in the pack and are available here:
Structure and Communication
Affiliation - Pro-forma
Affiliation - Subscription Fees
Welsh Rowing 2013-2017 Strategy
Welsh Rowing Articles of Assocation
Social Media Guidelines
For those who may wish to complete the key affiliation documents on computer then print and submit word versions are available here:
Affiliation - Pro-forma WORD
Affiliation - Subscription Fees WORD
AGM Date Confirmed
The Welsh Rowing Board are happy to confirm the date of the upcoming AGM as Thursday 30th January 2014.
It will be held at Monmouth Rowing Club beginning at 19.00. Further details will be released to club contacts in the new year.
Board Director Recruitment
Following the adoption of new Articles of Association at EGM on 24th October 2013, Welsh Rowing is now recruiting for new Directors to join our skills based Board.
The advert, includng all the application details, can be found here.
The role description and person specification can be found here.
Please click the following link for updated notice and information on levies. The new pro-forma for returning levies can also be found here.
Welsh Rowing Recruiting New Leadership
Will Parker will be leaving Welsh Rowing in December to undertake a new role as Head of School Sport with Sport England in London. The Board and many people from the community have already extended their thanks to Will for his professionalism and commitment in leading Welsh Rowing since August 2012.
Will has lead Welsh Rowing through important governance work that has helped to secure the long term future of the Governing Body. Will would like to thank everyone for their support and wishes everyone involved in rowing in Wales the very best for the future.
The Board are now recruiting the exciting and challenging role of Chief Executive Officer for Welsh Rowing. Details can be found here.
Cardiff City RC Dates Released
Cardiff City RC have updated details of events for 2013/2014 as follows:
For futher details please contact Cardiff City Rowing Club.
Coaching Job with Cambridge University Women's Boat Club
Full-time Assistant Coach (Cambridge University Women's Boat Club)
CUWBC produces three Boat Race crews each year to race at the Henley Boat Races and runs year-round development and performance programmes. From 2015, as a result of sponsorship from Newton Investment Management, the Oxford and Cambridge Women's Boat Race will transfer from Henley to the Championship Course on the River Thames, to be raced on the same course and day as the men's University Boat Race.
The successful candidate will provide full time assistance to the Chief Coach in the design, organisation and execution of the year-round training programme delivering an elite squad of openweight and lightweight athletes within the university environment. The position is based at Goldie Boathouse in Cambridge, and at Ely.
Further details and information on how to apply may be obtained by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for applications: 15th August, 2013
Important Update - Rules of Racing
There is an important update to the Rules of Racing in Wales. Details can be found here.
Monmouth Dates Released
Monmouth RC have updated details of events for ths year as follows:
- Monmouth Sprint & Regatta - Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th May 2013
- Monmouth Autumn Head of the River - Sunday 29th September 2013
- Monmouth Christmas Head of the River - Sunday 8th December 2013
Further details can be found on the Monmouth Rowing Club website.
Want to be an Olympian?
Welsh Rowing are working with GB Rowing to run testing for young people in order to find the next Tom James, Chris Bartley or Vicky Thornley.
Information on the upcoming testing in Cardiff on Sunday 10th March can be found here.
Photo Competition Winners
Congratulations to Chris Haines, Herald Brauer and Steve Mallett who are winners of the 2012 Welsh Rowing Photography Competition. Chris, Herald and Steve will soon be the owners of new Welsh Rowing Under Armour Polo Shirts.
The winning images can be found here.
Due to the great interest in this competition we are planning to run more photography competitions this year. Watch this space...
Photo Competition Finalists
The response to the photo competition launched at the end of last year was fantastic. We had over 100 different photos covering a very wide range of formats and settings, it really highlighted the diversity of rowing opportunities in Wales.
We are delighted to present the photos shortlisted by the judging panel.
Photo Competition 2012 finalists
Congratulations to those shortlisted and thank you for all the great entries.
The three winning photos are part of this shortlisted group and will be announced and published on this website next week. Watch this space...
Affiliations for 2012-2013
We are pleased to announce that the affiliation information is available for all Welsh Rowing clubs, details can be downloaded. The Board of Welsh Rowing would like to thank all clubs for their patience in waiting for this update.
Welsh Rowing Affiliation complete pack.
All of the relevant information can be found in the download link above. However for those wishing to complete the subscription and registration documents using word please us the links below. Also below is a link to the 2012-2013 Safety Audit document (also found on the good practice section of this website).
Subscription word version
Registration word version
Club Safety Audit 2012-2013
Kit for Welsh Team Members... Past and present
‘Godfrey’ have opened a order window for Welsh Kit, Splash tops/Gilets/Leggings etc
The Website is www.godfrey.co.uk go to club kit page and find at Wales National Squad.
Window closes on 31st January. It will be much cheaper to all order together.
Any Juniors ordering please order the Junior price kit as no VAT is charged.
Please note Godfrey will send me Sue Griffiths a list of all orders to confirm they are bona fide Welsh Team.
Any problems ordering kit, please contact Sue at email@example.com
Cardiff Head of the Taff
Entries are now open for the Cardiff Head of the Taff which is being held on Saturday 2nd March 2013.
All boat categories including 8s and coastal. Further details can be found here.
We are launching our first ever photography competition! Please follow this link for further details... Best of luck!
Survey... We need you!
We are in the process of putting together the new strategy for our sport and we really need your thoughts and opinions.
We would really appreciate it if you could complete our simple and short survey, your input will help shape the future of our sport!
Sam's Charity Quest
Welsh Rowing's new Henley Stewards Coach, Sam Tibbenham, will be shortly undertaking the challenge of running the Florence Marathon. Sam is running the gruelling 26.2 miles on November 25th in aid of CLIC Sargent. He has been inspired by the bravery and determination of a close friend and rowing colleague who's mother is terminally ill.
If you would like to show your support for Sam and make a donation to a very worthy charity then please click this link.
Sam will be updating us on both his marathon and his Henley Stewards Coaching role in the coming weeks. Watch this space...
Will Parker presents prior to AGM
Before last week's AGM, Will Parker, Welsh Rowing's new Chief Operating Officer delivered a brief presentation to the clubs present. During the well received presentation, Will talked about the current work of the Governing Body, and went on to include potential direction of travel for future years. Feedback gathered from clubs following this presentation was very valuable and those present are thanked for their input.
A precis of the presentation can be found here.
Ian Shore Finalist for Sport Wales 'Performance Development Coach of the Year 2012'
We are delighted to announce that Welsh Rowing's National High Performance Development Coach, Ian Shore, is a finalist in the Sport Wales National Coaching Awards.
Details of Ian's shortlisting can be found on the Sport Wales website.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on the evening of Wednesday 14th November. I'm sure you will join us in wishing Ian the very best luck!
British Rowing Technique Workshop
We are delighted to provide the opportunity to attend a new workshop that has been created by GB Rowing to develop British Rowing Technique, in particular the drive phase of the stroke.
The workshop will be run on the evening of Thursday 6th December 2012 in the Sport Wales National Centre
at a cost £20 for British Rowing members. Details and application form can be found here
. Closing date for applications along with a cheque is Wednesday 21st November.
Josh Bugajski - Winner of the Sport Wales Rising Star Award, August 2012
Notice of the Annual General Meeting 2012
Welsh rowing news about a stunning endurance challenge taken on by masters rowers from Monmouth RC.
Cardiff Autumn Head - October 2012
Details of the CAH 2012 event. Details of the event will be posted at the Cardiff City RC website shortly.
Please note that we are offering all boat categories (Hence the name change from the Small boats head to the Autumn Head) and the Juniors will be racing from downstream of the Tunnels so over 2500m, avoiding the tunnels and tricky bridges.
From the organisers..."We have removed the 8ï¿½s for the J15ï¿½s and unders as of course these are not permitted. However we have added in J13 events and because the juniors are running over the shorter course, increased the range of events for the J15ï¿½s and unders to also include 2x and 1x. We have also introduced a U19 category."
Olympic Rowing News 2012
Nick Hartland, Wales's top rowing journalist will be posting regular updates online through the coming Games. Keep up to date with his daily news following Wales's Olympic rowers at Wales Olympic Rowing News 2012.
The page includes a full rundown on successes for Wales at the World U23s, GB v France U16s, Henley Royal Regatta, National Championships and the Home International successes for Wales this year.
Full Home International Regatta results now available
Also updated is the only edition of historic results for the event, hosted on at WelshRowing.com at International Rowing.
Welsh Rowing appoints Will Parker as its new Chief Operating Officer
Welsh Rowing formally announces today Will Parker as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO). The role which has been supported by funding from SportWales for an initial period of two years intends to continue the development of the organisation and aims to drive forward its ambitions to develop a strong and vibrant rowing community in Wales.
A graduate of Sport and Exercise Science and continuing his postgraduate development at the University of Gloucestershire, Will has a range of experiences working with and for National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs), including a non-executive role as Vice-Chair and Independent Director of Baseball Softball UK (BSUK), the development and delivery of elite athlete development initiatives for Hockey and Equestrianism, and volunteer leadership development for Volleyball England. Will has also worked with the Youth Sport Trust to facilitate leadership training for Partnership Development Managers, School Sport Coordinators and Competition Managers across England. He has recently finished working on programmes such as the School Games, inclusion strategic lead for a County Sports Partnership (CSP) and a National Trainer on Sport Englandï¿½s Sport Makers programme.
Speaking of his appointment, Will said ï¿½I am delighted to be joining Welsh Rowing at a very important time for sport in Wales and Great Britain. It is a great opportunity and I feel very privileged to be appointed Chief Operating Officer. I'm looking forward to meeting the Rowing community in Wales and serving the Board and members to the best of my ability in the coming yearsï¿½.
On the appointment of Will Parker the Chair of Welsh Rowing Steve Osborne said ï¿½ We are pleased to welcome Will to Welsh Rowing. The recruitment process was very competitive with a number of high calibre candidates. In Will we feel we are gaining a manager whoï¿½s professionalism, experience and enthusiasm fits with the direction in which Welsh Rowing is moving and we feel he can continue to drive forward the programmes and successes that Welsh Rowing officers and senior volunteers have been achieving over the past few yearsï¿½.
The role will formally start on the 13th of August signalling the initial commitment of Welsh Rowing to maximise the legacy opportunities that the Olympic Games present. This period will also see additional roles advertised to ensure that Welsh Rowing can continue to produce elite rowers whilst supporting club and delivery partners across Wales.
For more information on Will Parker visit his Linkedin profile http://uk.linkedin.com/in/willparkersports
Welsh Rowing have published standard risk assessments here for clubs. WR Safety Advisor: "All WR affiliated clubs are expected to follow these risk assessments as recommended guidance for rowing activities."