The winners of the 2018 Thomas Keller Medal Award are Eric Murray and Hamish Bond from New Zealand. Read the news here. 

“Any competitor who has had a long and successful rowing career and who has made an outstanding contribution to rowing as a competitor and as a sports personality will be considered for this honour. In principle, only one medal may be awarded in any one year.”

Profile of the Candidates - The following five factors are taken into consideration when selecting the successful recipient:

  1. Success at the international level, e.g. medal count taking level of competition into account;
  2. “Type” of career e.g. overcoming obstacles, shortcomings;
  3. Technical mastery of the sport e.g. success in different boat types as well as sculling and sweep rowing;
  4. Sportsmanship e.g. respect for others, attitude, character, “smiling win or lose”;
  5. “Legendary” aspect e.g. how the rower is perceived by the rowing world and the world outside rowing

    In principle, the medal may only be awarded to someone within five years of their official retirement.

Privileges of the Keller Medal Winners
A winner of the Keller Medal receives, in effect, a lifetime accreditation to all FISA World Rowing Championships. Each year the winners will receive an invitation to complete the appropriate accreditation request form from FISA and are entitled to an accreditation for access to the boat area and a ticket in the FISA President’s Grandstand.

Keller Medal Committee members

Chairman: Dominik Keller
Members: Matt Smith
  Jean-Christophe Rolland
  John Boultbee
  Thor Nilsen
  Martin Cross
  Tricia Smith


Previous Thomas Keller Medal winners

1990 Alf Hansen   (NOR)
1991 Thomas Greiner   (GER)
1994 Yuri Pimenov   (RUS)
1996 Francesco Esposito   (ITA)
1996 Nikolai Pimenov   (RUS)
1996 Rolf Thorsen   (NOR)
1997 Carmine Abbagnale   (ITA)
1997 Giuseppe Abbagnale   (ITA)
1997 Jana Sorgers   (GER)
1997 Thomas Lange   (GER)
1998 Kerstin Koeppen   (GER)
1998 Roland Baar   (GER)
1999 Kathleen Heddle   (CAN)
1999 Silken Laumann   (CAN)
2001 Steve Redgrave   (GBR)
2002 Marnie McBean   (CAN)
2003 Peter Antonie   (AUS)
2004 Nico Rienks   (NED)
2005 Matthew Pinsent   (GBR)
2006 Agostino Abbagnale   (ITA)
2007 Mike McKay   (AUS)
2008 Elisabeta Lipa   (ROU)
2009 Kathrin Boron   (GER)
2010 James Tomkins   (AUS)
2011 Jueri Jaanson   (EST)
2012 Vaclav Chalupa   (CZE)
2013 Eskild Ebbesen   (DEN)
2014 Drew Ginn (AUS)
2015 Iztok Cop   (SLO)
2016 Caroline & Georgina Evers-Swindell    (NZL)
 2017 Katherine Grainger   (GBR)