World Rowing endeavours to safeguard the environment in which rowing takes place and we want to recognise those members in the world of rowing who are working to protect and preserve their local environment.

The World Rowing Sustainability Award will be awarded annually to a national federation, club, event organising committee or other rowing organisation that has implemented an innovative project or initiative delivering a clear and positive sustainability impact, or that is demonstrating sound sustainability practices on an ongoing basis.  The project should have been implemented within the past 12 months and should have already demonstrated meaningful impact.

A nomination process will be used to pick applicants. The nomination will be made through an online form on the World Rowing website and will include a description of the project and its outcomes, including supporting evidence of those outcomes.    

Nominations will open 17 September 2018.

The winner will be decided by a judging panel made up of representatives of the IOC Sustainability Department, WWF International (FISA’s Environmental Partner), FISA President Jean-Christophe Rolland and Olympic champion and FISA Kafue River and Rowing Centre Ambassador, Kim Brennan.

“It’s so wonderful to see such a great initiative from World Rowing,” says Olympic Champion Kim Brennan. “As a rower I fully recognise the strong link between rowing, the environment and clean water and I am looking forward to being part of the judging panel as I know there are many great projects going on around the world that need to be acknowledged.”

The award will be presented at the annual World Rowing Awards function in November.

Environmental sustainability in rowing includes social, cultural, economic and ecological responsibility, fulfilling present and future needs.