What is European Rowing?
The European Rowing Confederation (referred to as European Rowing) is the organisation that represents the 46 European national rowing federations, including Israel, and is recognised by FISA as the Continental Confederation for Europe. It is governed by the European Rowing Board and based at the FISA Offices in Lausanne. European Rowing convenes a General Assembly each year at the European Championships, an annual gathering of European national federation Presidents and interim meetings as required.
European Rowing Board
The European Rowing Board (ERB) is made up of seven members, four of whom are nominated by the national federations and elected at the General Assembly and three nominated by the FISA Council and ratified by the General Assembly. Its duties are set out in the ERC Statutes and include monitoring and managing the staging of the European Rowing Championships, the European Rowing Junior, U23, Indoor and Championships and other European Rowing events. It also supports the development and promotion of rowing across the European continent and between European national federations, and works closely with FISA on dates of competitions to ensure a coherent calendar of events for the sport.
European Rowing Events
The European Rowing Championships were staged almost annually from 1893 to 1973 after which they evolved into the World Rowing Championships. A European Championships event was reintroduced into the international rowing calendar in 2007. In 2013, the championships were moved to an early season spot and thus have become an integral event for many teams. In 2008, the European Rowing Junior Championships were introduced. In 2015 nearly 500 athletes from 31 nations participated. The European Indoor Rowing Championships has now been established in cooperation with Concept2 and the potential is already evident. The European Rowing Under 23 Championships were introduced in 2017 with the first event taking place in Kruszwica, Poland which saw participation from 401 athletes from 30 countries. European Rowing was part of the inaugural European Sports Championships, Glasgow, Great Britain, in 2018. The ERB remains active in the European sports scene to help promote rowing in all of its forms within Europe.