Meeting to celebrate and plan rowing
Many of the world’s leaders in the sport of rowing attended a series of conferences, congresses and meetings in London, Great Britain last week. The “extravaganza” included the World Rowing Coaches Conference, the World Rowing Awards, the European Rowing Extraordinary General Assembly, Para-rowing Conference, National Federation Conference, Women’s Cross Commission working lunch and the annual Joint Commissions Meeting.
World Rowing Coaches Conference
Delegates from throughout the world listened and discussed coaching. The theme of the conference was “Using Technology to Make the Boat go Faster.” Coach in the Spotlight, Roger Barrow spoke about his limited budget for technology and how South Africa has used traditional methods to improve speed. For more on Barrow’s speech, click here.
Video recordings as well as the powerpoint presentations can be found here.
European Rowing General Assembly
The assembly included delegates from rowing’s European National Federations. They reviewed the proposed changes to the European Rowing Statutes/Constitution and the European Rowing Rules of Racing. The changes to the constitution proposed by the European Rowing Management Board (ERMB) to separate the Statues and the Rules were accepted. The National Federations supported the establishment of a new entity the “Confederation of European Federations” which would be recognised under article 18 of the World Rowing Federation, FISA Statues. Finally, the delegates recognised the good cooperation with FISA in delivering Championship events and wish to ensure any new entity continues to be of a mutual benefit to the European Federations and to FISA. The European Championships racing programme will become gender equal and include Paralympic events from 2020.
World Rowing Awards
A packed gala dinner celebrated the 2017 recipients of the World Rowing Awards. The Award winners in attendance, including the full German men’s eight were presented with their medals. It was also chance to celebrate the end of FISA’s 125th year. More information on the Award winners can be found here.
A short video of the night can be found here.
The conference brought together para-rowing stakeholders to discuss how to move the sport forward. Presentations included topics such as classification, equipment, development, performance and the creation of a strategic plan.
Video of the conference can be found here.
Joint Commissions Meetings
This annual event brings all of the commission members together from FISA’s 12 commissions. This is an opportunity for all of the commissions to meet with each other and to meet with the FISA Executive Committee.
For more information about the commissions, click here.