Bann Rowing Club which has existed since 1842, is renowned for its success on the water with Olympian, International, Irish and UK Champions in its ranks. But the QAVS, the highest award for volunteering in the UK, recognises the Club’s volunteers, who coach, support and create the opportunity for people of all ages, and from across the community, to enjoy and excel in the art and sport of rowing. They principally support young rowers; teaching them how to row and offering opportunities to compete against clubs across Ireland. They cover the entire running of the club from financial management and fund raising to extensive coaching and training, even the brass tacks of the maintenance, cleaning and repair of equipment and Boathouse facilities. And they continued to train when possible and mentor young rowers throughout the pandemic, supporting their health and well-being.
The Lord Lieutenant, Mrs Alison Millar, says “The Bann Rowing Club is possibly unparalleled in constrained financial and infrastructural circumstances – in nurturing rowing champions with no paid staff. They currently coach 70 rowers, have had 3 Olympic medal winners since 2012, 6 World Champions since 2010, 13 Irish National Championship winning crews since 2010 and 1 female member on the British Olympic squad for this summer’s Olympics.”