New President for Coupe de la Jeunesse

Gary Harris, Deputy Chairman of British Rowing, has been elected President of the Coupe de la Jeunesse, the premier European rowing event for junior rowers, during a successful weekend for GB.

Annamarie Phelps, Chairman of British British Rowing, said she was delighted at the news; “Gary has been actively involved in this key event for aspiring junior internationals since 2005.  He has made a significant contribution to the international arena, as well as to the development of our own successful junior rowing programme, Project Oarsome. Gary’s wealth of experience across the sport will ensure the Coupe continues to flourish under his leadership.”

The election took place on Saturday 3rd August at the Delegate Assembly in Lucerne. The outgoing President has had a long and successful association with the event having become involved initially as the Great Britain Team Manager and Delegate.  Geoffrey has also been Secretary General and for the last twelve years the President.  Under his leadership the Coupe, which involves young rowers from twelve European countries, has grown significantly in popularity and size of entry.

“I am honoured to be succeeding Geoffrey Brook as President of the Coupe de la Jeunesse,” said Gary Harris today.  “Geoffrey has worked tirelessly to develop the event over the last 29 years and his legacy is a popular international regatta for boys and girls from across Europe.  I am looking forward to working with the member nations to further develop the Coupe over the next four years.”

Many congratulations to the GB Rowing Team who were overall winners of the 2013 event, read the full report here and a report on the Regatta and the Assembly at FISA’s website World Rowing.