Museum to Host Rowing Futures Conference

As all eyes are on Henley Royal Regatta, the River & Rowing Museum announces a major conference on rowing.

The River & Rowing Museum, will be hosting a debate on the future development of the sport, in ‘Rowing Futures’ a full day event planned for November 2019.

The Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of rowing artefacts, and their flagship International Rowing Gallery features the iconic Sydney IV in which Sir Steve Redgrave won his 5th gold medal, offering the perfect location to host this thought-provoking event.

The conference, taking place on Saturday 16 November, will explore how rowing in the UK pushes boundaries – increasing diversity, encouraging the growth of indoor rowing and inspiring the next generation of Olympians and Paralympians.

Sessions will include an exclusive insider’s view on the GB Rowing Team’s preparation for Tokyo 2020 from British Rowing Director of Performance, Brendan Purcell. Guin Batten (Olympic Medallist and Chair of the Women’s Head of the River Race, the largest women’s rowing race in the world) will explore how competitive rowing is embracing new formats such as beach sprints and adaptive rowing. As the Museum celebrates its 21st year, one of its ‘founding fathers’ – rowing journalist and historian Chris Dodd – will take a tour of its history through key objects.

Often seen as the preserve of the elite, the River & Rowing Museum – in partnership with British Rowing – will be showing how the world of rowing is changing.

River & Rowing Museum, Director, Dr Sarah Posey said, “The River & Rowing Museum houses a rowing collection of international significance, so it’s fitting that we’re the place to encourage debate about the sport. As part of our 21st anniversary, the conference will take inspiration from the past to engage people in its future. Special half-price tickets for under 30s will encourage a new generation to join the conversation.”

British Rowing Chair, Mark Davies said, “The sporting landscape is changing and so is rowing, so it is fantastic that the River & Rowing Museum will be bringing people together to talk about the future development of the sport. With an excellent line-up of speakers, I’m sure it will be a fantastic event for everyone.”

The River & Rowing Museum acknowledges with warm thanks the generous support of Clive Radley towards the conference.

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