The driving force behind GB Rowing’s success over the last 20 years visited the University to celebrate the outstanding year of Newcastle University Boat Club.
Sir David Tanner, Performance Director of GB Rowing, was at Newcastle University to discuss how the GB Rowing Team will be preparing for the next Olympic Cycle. At a special event at the Sports Centre, Sir David, who has been the GB Rowing Team Manager and assisted the team to Olympic success from the 1996 games in Atlanta games to the 2016 Rio games, presented certificates to Newcastle University rowers and pledged to boost support for NUBC.
He said: “Newcastle University has a great rowing programme. The university is very supportive of rowing as a sport and it has the aspiration to give young people the opportunity become their best. And how rowers apply themselves to this opportunity makes a real difference.
“Newcastle was the top- ranked rowing university in BUCS for 2015/2016”
“A lot of the success is down to Head Coach Angelo Savarino, who’s brought his coaching experience to the Club. He’s a very good leader and he’s a very good coach. He has the vision, which has allowed this club to step up.”
“When the university brings support and encouragement to rowers, this helps the coaching and support staff to build a programme to provide you with the platform to be your best. To help build on this, we will continue to support and will exchange best practice to help develop the high-performance programme.”
Addressing the rowers at the event, Head Coach Angelo Savarino, said: “You need to realise how special you are and what you can do as athletes which in turn will help develop the sport. What you are learning as a rower is how to push yourself to the limits, which prepares you for what you’re doing in life and in sport.
39 medals won at BUCS events in 2015/2016
“I am very pleased that this year we had a strong contingent of rowers who represented the University at both the World U23 and World University (FISU) championships.”
The event was attended by Emma Stevenson, Professor of Sport and Exercise Science and Dr Phil Ansell, Dean of Sport at Newcastle University. After the presentation, NUBC Coaches and the GB Rowing delegation toured the facilities at the University’s Water Sports Centre at Newburn.
Newcastle was the top-ranked rowing university in BUCS for 2015/16 winning the Victor Ludorum Trophy for the two major BUCS rowing events – the BUCS Head and BUCS Regatta – where it won 39 medals. Internationally, four athletes won medals at the World University U23 Rowing Championship, and three rowers won medals at the World University Games Rowing Championship.