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Rowing Futures – Conference

16th November 2019 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

Rowing at Beach Sprints

Rowing Futures: Inspiration, engagement & the future

Saturday 16 November, 9.30am – 5.30pm

We’re delighted to present the details of our biennial rowing conference on Saturday 16 November. As home to the world’s largest collection of rowing artefacts, the River & Rowing Museum is the perfect location to host this topical event.

The conference will explore how rowing in the UK pushes boundaries – increasing diversity, encouraging the growth of indoor rowing and inspiring the next generation of Olympians and Paralympians.

An amazing line up of speakers is already confirmed. Sessions will include an exclusive insider’s view on the GB Rowing Team’s preparation for Tokyo 2020 from British Rowing Director of Performance, Brendan Purcell. Guin Batten (Olympic Medallist and Chair of the Women’s Head of the River Race, the largest women’s rowing race in the world) will explore how competitive rowing is embracing new formats such as beach sprints and adaptive rowing. As the Museum celebrates its 21st year, one of its ‘founding fathers’ – rowing journalist and historian Chris Dodd – will take a tour of its history through objects.

Often seen as the preserve of the elite, the River & Rowing Museum – in partnership with British Rowing – will be showing how the world of rowing is changing.

Confirmed Conference speakers include:

  • Brendan Purcell, Director of Performance, British Rowing
  • Steve O’Connor, CEO, Fulham Reach Rowing Club
  • Richard Sinnott & Ben Dunne, Warrington Youth Rowing
  • Andy Triggs-Hodge OBE, Regatta London
  • Mark Davies, Chair, British Rowing
  • Guin Batten Olympic medal-winning rower and Chair of the Women’s Head of the River Race
  • Chris Dodd, rowing journalist and historian

The Conference Chair is Robert Treharne-Jones.

Gala Reception and Dinner
Friday 15 November 2019, 6.30 – 10pm

A gala event on the evening before the Conference will launch exciting new additions to the Museum’s Rowing Gallery: a display on Women’s Rowing and the installation of The Unbeaten Boat – the 2012 racing hull that never lost a race. As well as achieving the first Olympic Gold for Team GB at the London 2012 Games, The Unbeaten Boat helped Helen Glover and Heather Stanning to a number of GB National Trials wins, 45 International Championships wins, and laid the foundations for their second Olympic Gold at Rio in the new 2016 version of the hull. We’re delighted that Helen Glover and Coach Robin Williams will be our guests of honour, taking part in a Q&A session chaired by Olympic rowing medallist Greg Searle.

If you are interested in joining the Friends of Rowing, or would like to know more, please contact Hannah Jones for further details: hannah.jones@rrm.co.uk and 01491 415623.

The River & Rowing Museum acknowledges with warm thanks the generous support of Clive Radley towards the conference.

Please note that bookings for the Conference and Dinner close on Sunday 10th November.


16th November 2019
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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