16th Sep, 2019

Rowers' valuable contributions are recognised

Liam Moakes 28th Aug, 2019

STRATFORD Boat Club’s AGM provided the chance to recognise the great contribution made by members by handing out the special Felix Awards – a legacy from the club’s past president Felix Badcock who gave so much to the club.

The tankard trophies were won by Badcock during his long rowing career and are over-engraved with the winner’s name and award. There were awards for the junior and the senior personality of the year.

The Senior Felix Award went to Phil Marshall and his team who have strived over the last year to ensure the club’s fleet of boats are always in good repair and equipment is safe to use.

Over the years Marshall, as Stratford Boat Club’s boatman, and his team have saved the club many thousands of pounds. There has also been a very pleasing link with the Duke of Edinburgh’s award in that many of the club’s junior members have worked under Marshall’s guidance to help repair and maintain equipment for the good of the club and the community.

The Junior Felix Award went to Fred Tyler for his all-round contribution on and off the water. He was put forward for the award because of his cheerfulness and help he gives to all at the club.

The award was given on Saturday during a farewell J16 breakfast for Tyler to mark his departure from the club as he has won a rowing scholarship to Shrewsbury School.

Shrewsbury School is nationally recognised as one of the leading rowing schools in the country and boasts an impressive 14 Henley Royal Regatta wins to its name.

Junior co-ordinator and J16 coach Steve Wellstead said: “The club is very proud of Fred’s achievements which have been gained through his own determination and support from his parents.

“His scholarship also says much for the standard of coaching at Stratford.”

The awards were presented by club chairman Dawson Curnock.

Stratford BC also highlighted the recent awards of other high achieving past juniors including:

Imogen North – represented Great Britain at the Home International Regatta.

Peter Boyes – represented Great Britain at the Home International Regatta.

Mya Kenny – awarded place at Hartpury College.

Esme Booth – represented Great Britain in the Under 23 squad.

Maddie Gardner – represented Great Britain at the Home International Regatta.

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