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News and Features
Issue 100 - Centenary July 1997
1987-2007: Highs, Lows & Hopes
By Di Ellis, Chairman, ARA
- Restructuring of
- The inclusion of international athletes in the decision-making process of
the ARA (especially interviewing).
- Expansion of a coaching structure that will cover the whole country to
give a local service.
- ARA H structure fully professionalised to dovetail with the voluntary sector.
- A recognised leading nation in international terms - more FISA
commissioners than any other nation.
- Development of women's rowing from 95 eights in Women's Head in 1987 to
242 in 1997.
- Women's World medals the rule rather than the exception.
- First junior women's world medals.
- Creation of Henley Women's Regatta.
- Multi lane courses.
- A Regatta magazine that has blossomed to the readers'
- A rowing museum created.
- National Championships and other regattas offer a full programme of
events for men, women and juniors.
- Complete review of the rules of racing.
- Water Safety Code introduced, observed, acclaimed by outside bodies.
- An increase in media coverage.
- Funding that has eased the burden on clubs regarding their buildings and
euipment via FSA and Lottery support.
- Expansion in veteran rowing.
- Ergometer Award Scheme for juniors and schools.
- Recognition of recreational rowing.
- Stable financial position of ARA.
- Public recognition from outside bodies as a well-organised national
- A strategy of rowing courses implemented from Tyne to Wigan to Cotswold
Water Park - six full size and six (1000 - 1500m) supplementary rowing
- Rowing fully accepted in local authority schools.
- A greater depth of talent for international selection.
- The sport with a clear amateur/professional direction.
- A competition programme that reflects the sport's needs - innovative and
visionary in terms of racing whilst retaining historic links.
- A full complement of national and regional coaches that would result in
every club having coaches to teach from novice to elite.
- A larger number of clubs with junior sections.
- Every oarsman sitting on the start knowing they are racing someone of
- A wider development of rowing for people with disabilities.
- A fuller recreational programme.
- Regional councils with a fully-integrated role within the ARA.
- Women at the same level as men internationally.
- Coaching, umpiring,
administration, medical support as a natural progression for oarsmen.
- Regatta on the news stands.
© Copyright D. Ellis, 1997.
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