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British Rowing Chairman Di Ellis – a veteran of five Olympic Games
Getting into the spirit during last year’s Junior Worlds at Eton Dorney
The Olympic Rowing regatta is almost here! If you’re lucky enough to have a ticket, have you planned your day out yet?
With 25,000 people heading to the rowing at Eton Dorney from Saturday 28 July through to the final day on Saturday 4 August, detailed planning before you go is essential to make the most of an opportunity of a lifetime. A veteran of five Olympic Games, British Rowing Chairman Di Ellis says: “The best way to describe your approach to travelling to the Olympics and Paralympics at Dorney is to imagine you are going to an England vs Scotland match at Twickenham, or perhaps the Emirates Stadium for a home game to watch Arsenal against Tottenham.” Although 60,000 football fans pile into the Emirates – twice the capacity of the Olympic Rowing regatta – and 82,000 rugby followers descend on Twickenham, a bit of forethought is a good thing at this summer’s Games too! So while travelling to Eton Dorney will be a challenge, Di adds that everything that can be
Volunteers of the Year
Last year’s award winners
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Do you know an unsung hero at your club? Someone who is always there behind the scenes pouring the tea, turning over the burgers, or perhaps fixing the boats? Nominations are open for the 2012 Volunteer Awards, with rowers up and down the country invited to recognise the volunteers that keep their clubs afloat. Your nominations will be collected across all of British Rowing’s 11 regions, with a regional winner selected in each. These winners will then be invited to an awards ceremony in London. You can nominate someone you know now via www.britishrowing.org or request a paper nomination by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 020 8237 6700
WHETHER OR NOT YOU HAVE ATTENDED A GAMES BEFORE, THIS IS AN EXPERIENCE THAT WILL STAY WITH YOU
done to ease your journey is being done. “Those who have been to an Olympic Games before know it is not like a World Championships. At the Sydney, Barcelona or Atlanta Games, we had to allow two-and-a-half hours to get there. As the hosts this time, we would like it to be less time and the transport team will, I am sure, be pulling out all the stops!” She adds: “Whether or not you have attended a Games before, this is an experience that will stay with you for life – the atmosphere, those breathtaking moments, is what it’s all about, isn’t it? Just think what it will be like to watch the finals live with the crowd cheering around you as you see the hundredth of a second result!” Just being involved means a great deal to Games Maker Jennifer Smith from Stratford-upon-Avon Boat Club. She says: “This is no ordinary regatta. I arrived home from volunteer training at 10pm after a long journey back, still buzzing with excitement. I can’t wait to be part of the greatest show on earth.”
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