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British Rowing

British Rowing
Sport Rowing
Founded 1882 (1882)
Affiliation International Federation of Rowing Associations
Headquarters Hammersmith, London
President Di Ellis [1]
Chairman Annamarie Phelps
Chief Exec Andy Parkinson
Official website

British Rowing, formerly the Amateur Rowing Association (ARA), is the governing body in Home International Regatta and input to the GB team organisation.

British Rowing is a member of the British Olympic Association and the International Federation of Rowing Associations, also known as FISA.


  • History 1
  • Points system 2
    • Juniors 2.1
  • Coaching awards 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


ARA plaque

The ARA (as the predecessor of British Rowing) had it roots in the desire to form crews drawn from the leading English clubs 'for the purpose of defeating the foreign or colonial invader' although in fact this aim was not fulfilled until much later.

A series of meetings were held in Putney from 1877 culminating in the formation of the Metropolitan Rowing Association in 1879[2] by Cambridge University Boat Club, Dublin University Boat Club, Kingston Rowing Club, Leander Club, London Rowing Club, Oxford University Boat Club, Royal Chester Rowing Club, Thames Rowing Club and Twickenham Rowing Club. Molesey Boat Club joined soon afterward.

In 1882 the Metropolitan Rowing Association changed its name to the Amateur Rowing Association, having gained additional member clubs from outside London, and began its evolution into the governing body of rowing.

In 1886 the ARA issued General Rules for Regattas. The ARA adopted National Amateur Rowing Association, whose clubs could draw their membership from all social classes and occupations.

The schism in English rowing was to remain for over half a century as a regular cause of controversy and bad feeling. Change only came after the Australian national eight, preparing for the Berlin Olympics in 1936, was excluded from the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley because the crew, who were all policemen,[3] were deemed to be ‘manual workers’. The embarrassment caused persuaded the ARA and the Stewards of Henley Royal Regatta of the need for change, and on 9 June 1937, the offending references to manual labourers, mechanics, artisans and menial duties were deleted from the ARA rules, with Henley following suit the following day.

The ARA and NARA finally amalgamated in 1956.

  • British Rowing Homepage
  • Scottish Rowing
  • Welsh Amateur Rowing Association

External links

  1. ^ a b "Sir Steve stands down as Hon President of British Rowing". British Rowing. Retrieved June 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ , A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 2: General; Ashford, East Bedfont with Hatton, Feltham, Hampton with Hampton Wick, Hanworth, Laleham, Littleton (1911), pp. 283-292. Date accessed: 8 October 2008Sport, ancient and modern: Pastimes
  3. ^ "Britain's 'Manual Labor Bar' Excluded More Than Kelly", 1956, Windsor Daily Star
  4. ^ Dodd, Chris (12 September 2011). "‘Fixer’ who helped found the River and Rowing Museum".  
  5. ^ "Former ARA Executive Secretary David Lunn-Rockliffe dies aged 86". British Rowing, UK. 25 August 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Corporate Governance Structure". British Rowing. Retrieved January 31, 2013. 


See also

British Rowing has an awards scheme for coaching that up until 2005 consisted of the Instructor's Award, Bronze Award, Silver Award and finally the Gold Award. These were overhauled in 2006 as qualifications were brought in line with the Sportscoach UK system that many other sports in the UK have adopted.

Coaching awards

There are a number of junior categories (J12, J13, J14, J15, J16, J17 and J18). The number represents the age competitors must be less than before the first day of September preceding the event. Sweep oar rowing is only allowed at J15 and older for both boys and for girls, due to possible issues of asymmetric muscle development.


Anyone who has competed for the Senior, Lightweight or U23 international squads will be given 12 points (the maximum possible). Those representing GB at the Junior World Rowing Championships have their points topped up to 6.

8 +/x 4 +/-/x 2 -/x 1 x
Elite no limit no limit no limit no limit
SEN 72 36 18 9
IM1 48 24 12 6
IM2 32 16 8 4
IM3 16 8 4 2
Novice 0 0 0 0

The table below indicates the maximum number of points that may be held by a crew at each status level.

The current status levels are (high to low) Elite (ELI), Senior (SEN), Intermediate 1 (IM1), Intermediate 2 (IM2), Intermediate 3 (IM3), Novice (NV). Each crew members' points are added up and this determines the status of the crew. The crew is only allowed to race at this level or higher (e.g. an IM1 crew can only race at IM1, SEN or ELI).

British Rowing operates a points system to allow rowers to compete with those of a similar standard. Competitors gain points in both rowing and sculling by winning a qualifying race (a regatta race with more than 2 entries). When first joining British Rowing, all members begin at zero points. Points are increased by members winning qualifying regattas.

Points system

Sir Steve Redgrave, multiple Olympic Gold medallist in rowing, was the Honorary President of British Rowing from 2001 until 2013. Di Ellis, former chairman of British Rowing, will succeed him as Honorary President. [1]

Five English rowing clubs retained the right to appoint representatives directly to the Council of British Rowing. They were: London Rowing Club, Leander Club, Thames Rowing Club, Oxford University Boat Club and Cambridge University Boat Club. This right was, however, removed from the five clubs in September 2012.[7]


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