Fiona Dennis is Chairman of the Working Party and has written a reply giving her views on the wide ranging discussion that’s been going on both on this site and others about the new date for the National Rowing championships of Great Britain.
Whatever the format we come back to the key question what is the purpose of the Championships and I appreciate that views vary and there is merit in all the suggestions that have been made. The view from Council and a variety of coaches, rowers and others involved in the sport is that if we are going to have a National Championships then that is what it should be, i.e. the best rowers competing for the medals. The concern is that at present this is certainly not the case for a variety of reasons so we are trying something different…..
We have now published an article on the British Rowing Website which exlains the rationale for the changes in more detail.
I am aware that ‘a squad’ crew turning up would be a turn off for clubs. The intention is that individuals go back to their clubs as they do for the heads, however I appreciate that a number of clubs provide a large percentage of the internaional team so the number of international rowers per crew will be limited, this is not about medal hunting for the squad and definitely not (although incorrectly interpreted as) intended to focus soley on the internationals.
What we are aiming to achieve is a format that enables the most competent rowers from across the sport juniors, universities and senior to compete.
However, I have no doubt that there will be amendments after next year and we need to consider how the event develops over the next few years – this is the first step. I appreciate your comments and it may be that as the resource in terms of organisational capacity increases the Championships considers expanding the range of events. .
Many thanks for your feedback, I appreciate people taking the time to comment as it helps us move forward.
Chairman of the Working Party