The All-Party Parliamentary Rowing Group announced on 9 November 2017 that London's Jessica Eddie has been appointed as their Honorary President.
Eddie won a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics, and also competed at the 2012 and 2008 games. After first representing her country in 2001, Jessica has been spent most of her senior career as a key member of the Great Britain women’s eight. She is a double world medalist at both under-23 and senior level, and became a European champion in 2016.
As the Group’s first ever Honorary President, Eddie has been appointed for a term of one year in the first instance, and will work with Members to help support the sport at all levels.
The announcement was made by Group Co-Chair and Member of Parliament for Hendon, Dr Matthew Offord MP. He said “on behalf of the All-Party Parliamentary Rowing Group, I am delighted to welcome Jessica Eddie as our inaugural Honorary President. Jessica has enjoyed some considerable success over the course of her career, and it is our intention to draw on her experience and hear from her about where she feels the Group can support rowing in Parliament. I am very much looking forward to working with her.”
In accepting the role, Jessica Eddie said “I am honoured to have been invited to become Honorary President of the All-Party Parliamentary Rowing Group. The Group plays a vital role in providing a strong voice for rowing in Westminster and Whitehall, and I look forward to supporting the work of MPs and Peers to tackle issues, and promote the excellent work being done in the sport. I am delighted to accept the role, and look forward to meeting with Members soon.”