STRATFORD Boat Club has been crowned winner of the inaugural Fuller’s Head of the River Fours Davison Award.
There were many clubs and many commendable performances which met the criteria of the Davison Award – all reviewed by the Fuller’s Head of the River Fours Committee – and, after much deliberation, the conclusion was Stratford BC was a worthy winner.
Club members now look forward to the prize-giving on January 10 when they will be presented with their Davison ‘blade’ by members of Noel Davison’s family.
Fuller’s Head of the River Fours chairman Richard Phelps said: “The Davison Award is a new discretionary award in memory of Noel Davison.
“Noel was, in addition to many other rowing-related volunteer roles, honorary secretary of the Head of the River Fours from 2014 to 2018. He tragically lost his battle with cancer this summer.
“In honour of his significant contribution to this event and in recognition of his stalwart support of our sport, the Fuller’s Head of the River Fours Committee has decided to create the Davison Award.
“After consultation with Noel’s family and in line with his roots, interests and passions, the award will be given to ‘the standout performance from a small club’ and it will be at the Fuller’s Head of the River Fours chairman’s discretion.
“The winning club will receive a decorated blade and club representatives will be invited to the prize-giving party at Fuller’s Brewery in January 2019.”
Stratford BC president Paul Stanton said: “This is an outstanding achievement and puts the club right in the centre of top-class rowing in the UK.
“It was especially pleasing to see such strong performances at both senior and junior level. It bodes well for rowing at Stratford for the immediate future and long-term.
“Our sincere thanks from our members, athletes, supporters, coaches and helpers to the Fuller’s Head of the River Fours Committee and the Davison family for their commitment to our small club and honouring us with this inaugural award.”