We start by saying even if you haven’t won an award tonight, you’ve been a credit to Stourport Boat Cluband all the coaches have high hopes for you all achieving great rowing things in the future.
Junior Cox of the Year - Eleanor Jones: The coaches commented on how this persons confidence is outstanding in the cox seat, and how she has demonstrated superb steering skills especially in difficult water.
Special Recognition : This award is split over the three training groups this year and the coaches were asked to consider candidates from all three training groups...
Most Improved - Issy Wilkinson, Matt Palmer & Sophie DiMambro: This is a real pleasure to announce this award starting with the Development Squad. This was almost impossible to choose, but considering all things, the person receiving the award as most improved is Issy Wilkinson. So tothe J13+The person who will receive this award hit winter training with determination. Far from being a flash in the pan, his work ethic continued throughout the season and a noticeably fitter, more consistent and more skilful athlete emerged.The Award for this Group, as Most Improved goes to Matt Palmer. And finally to the J16+This junior has stood out all year with her steely determination to get it right. Perhaps a little frustrated at the early part of the season with how things were going but with hard work and self-evaluation of what needed to be done, concluded in a successful year.The Award for this Group, as Most Improved goes to Sophie DiMambro.
Special Recognition – West Midlands Championships - Ben, Dan, James & Malachy: The fist special recognition goes to a fairly new crew that beat one of the quickest Shrewsbury Schools boat in the region at the West Midlands Championships here at Stourport to become the West Midlands Champions, and subsequently being selected to represent the West Mids at the National Inter-Regional Championships.A superb achievement, well done lads.
Special Recognition –National Championships - Belle, Ruby, Sophie,Chrissie & Molly: For this next special recognition, it simply just to recognise the achievements for those juniors reaching their respective finals at the National Championships. Competing at the National Championships is daunting, challenging, nerve racking and at times rewarding. This award is to recognise those reaching the Sunday finals.
Club Junior Person of the Year - Anna Jethwa: This is such a difficult award to vote on. We look for someone who is an all round good egg, so the criteria is quite broad but this person stood out and has shown great commitment and help to the new Development squad in particular. The coaches thought that after all things considered, this person was the obvious choice.
Junior of the Year - Beth Taylor: So junior of the year, is considered somewhat closer to pure rowing results and commitment to training. In the view of the coaching team, this junior showed how adept she was in moving from being a single sculler to an accomplished crew member. She’s quietly determined and not the happiest of bunnys if a race doesn’t go to plan, showing great hunger and the desire to win. So the Junior of the Year for 2018/19 season is Beth Taylor.
Most Overall Points - Sam Fuller: This person has competed with the best in the region, often races in a Senior event and holds his own on every occasion. With the most wins for last year, please would you give a round of applause for Sam Fuller.
Junior Captains: The award of the Rowley Cup recognise sour Junior Captain Julia & Vice Captain Malachy. No doubt they will do a great job this year! Julia& Malachy please accept the Rowley Cup in recognition.