GB rowers among awards lists
The duo successfully defended their World Championships double scull title in Bled, Slovenia, this year despite a season disrupted by injury to Watkins.
Grainger and Watkins are among a number of the nation’s leading rowers who are either on award shortlists or have already been named winners.
Helen Glover, a world silver medallist in the pair with Heather Stanning, was recently acclaimed as a strong contender in the race to be BBC South West Sports Personality of the Year.
Kieren Emery won the Northern Echo’s award for Sporting Excellence ahead of fellow GB rower Katherine Copeland after a remarkable double achievement last summer.
The Geordie rower was called up to the senior GB Rowing Team for the World Championships in Bled after winning the World Under 23 title in Amsterdam with Peter Chambers in the lightweight men’s pair – and they triumphed again in Slovenia.
Fellow lightweight rower and Beijing Olympic Champion Zac Purchase was crowned Professional Sports Personality of the Year at the Gloucestershire Media Sports Awards after he overcame illness to defend successfully his world title in the lightweight men’s double scull with Mark Hunter.
Paralympic and World Champion Tom Aggar won the Best British Sporting Performance for an Athlete with a Disability award at the Jaguar Academy Of Sport Annual Awards after clinching his fourth World title in Slovenia this year.
And at the other end of the country Imogen Walsh from Inverness won International Rower of the Year at the Scottish Rowing Awards following her gold medal in the lightweight women’s quadruple scull at the World Championships with Stephanie Cullen, Andrea Dennis and Kathryn Twyman.
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