STRATFORD Boat Club’s adaptive coach Mark Dewdney got a surprise when he was awarded the James Roe Award for outstanding services to the club and rowing in the area.
Captain of boats Oliver Smith hailed Mark’s tireless efforts to establish and expand adaptive rowing at Stratford and throughout the region.
Oliver said: “Mark’s hard work and determination are an example to us all. The standard of coaching that Mark and his fellow coaches and supporters have given to Stratford’s adaptive squad is a beacon of excellence which we hope will be copied throughout the region and gain the support that adaptive rowing deserves.”
Club president Paul Stanton said the award was much deserved.
He added: “The James Roe Award was named after and first awarded to the Club’s 2012 Olympic Gold Medal winner, James Roe MBE to commemorate James’ great achievement and the kudos and lift it gave to the Club and rowing at Stratford.
“The cup has only been awarded to a very few club members since 2012 and Mark’s presentation was richly deserved.”
Guest of honour at the club dinner was Richard Phelps, 1992 Olympian in the Great Britain Men’s Eight in Spain, world championships competitor, and three time winner of the University Boat Race with Cambridge.
* The club’s rescheduled regatta takes place this Saturday (September 21).