Henley Rowing Club’s Chris Boothroyd, Head Junior Coach, won the club performance award at British Rowing’s Volunteer and Coach of the Year Awards 2017. The awards recognise and celebrate the passion and dedication of volunteers and coaches across the country. Having been lead junior coach for 15 years he has recently stepped aside to give younger coaches an opportunity and now coaches the J15 girls squad. Always putting the coaching first, Chris did not attend the award presentation as he was with the WJ15s at Hampton Head that same day (see Hampton Report).
“It’s nice to have been nominated and for British Rowing to have recognised my efforts.
“I’ve been doing it for 20 years or more. You go down when your own kids start rowing and people say ‘you can do a bit of coaching’.
“Henley has always been a good town club and you get a real mix of members — girls, boys, masters, men and women.
“Rowing has a bit of reputation for being snobbish but if you look at the people in Henley that row there’s nothing like that about it — it’s for all types.”
In 2012, Chris coached the junior girls’ crew that won the inaugural women’s junior quadruple sculls event at Henley Royal Regatta and also won at Henley Women’s Regatta. Last year, 10 of the club’s girls represented either Great Britain or England. At the February junior trials Henley Rowing Club had 1st and 3rd places plus some other impressive results in the top 30 positions . With five wins for juniors at the Henley 4s and 8s on Saturday 17th February the strength and depth of the squad for the 2018 season is assured.
“We’ve had so many wins over the years there’s just too many to mention.
“If they develop the basic skills at a younger age then they are more likely to do well as they get older.
“It’s not necessarily winning but it’s being able to compete at the right level. If they can do that then they are more likely to continue in the sport.”
Chris is a retired quantity surveyor and joined Henley Rowing Club in 1971. He competed in many local regattas in the fours and eights before moving into the administration and coaching side of the sport in the Eighties. He served on the club committee for 30 years and has been captain, chairman, secretary and vice-president. He is also one of the club’s trustees.
In 2011 Chris received the British Rowing Medal of Merit and in 2013 he received the Henley town medal for service to the community.