This year's World Rowing Championships took place in Sarasota, Florida from 24 September to 1 October.
Although the Club did not have any members in the GB squad for these Championships – the first time we have not had international representatives for very many years – we made our contribution ‘behind the scenes’. First and foremost, our congratulations go to Paul Reedy who was the coach of Vicky Thornley (Leander), the winner of the silver medal in the Women’s Single Sculls (W1x). A “great result”, said Paul, who was LRC’s Chief Coach from 2000 to 2012. Paul has in fact been part of the GB coaching team since starting on a part-time basis in 2010, and his previous coup was as coach of the gold medal-winning Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls at the London Olympics in 2012 with LRC’s Sophie Hosking on board.
The other LRC member at Sarasota in the management team was Sir David Tanner, who continued in his role as Performance Director.
The Club has had a long tradition of its senior members contributing to the work of the sport’s governing body, of running major events, and of umpiring at a senior level. Their work has not been confined to the UK, but includes the international governing body of the sport, FISA. This work continues, as Ben has just been appointed Chairman and Chief Umpire of The Head of the River Race.