MBRC 2019 Awards

4th November, 2019

Once a year we spruce ourselves up and spend time celebrating some of the amazing achievements and people Minerva shares.

From crew of the year, to volunteer of the year, to our not so prestigious bent rigger award for that little moment of disaster (!)… these are recognitions voted on (from impressive shortlists) and presented by the members of Minerva Bath Rowing Club.

It’s also an opportunity to stow the lycra and get our posh togs on!

Congratulations to (in no particular order):

Crew of the Year

Our women’s masters quad – affectionately known as the Pocket Rockets – for consistent and continuing performances and wins this year!

Coach of the Year

Tim Birtwistle – for his work with the Junior Squad over the last three years

Volunteer of the Year

Sue Lees – for her work coaching the Juniors, Midweek Learn to Row adults and Mentoring Plus

The Bent Rigger Award

Charlie Taylor – for hitting a bridge (in a borrowed single scull) at Alkmaar and also a fallen tree on the Minerva strait!

Unsung Hero

Rosie Capetti – for quietly looking after our welfare for the last three years and dealing with the challenges the role brings.

Individual Performance

Robert O’Farrell for very impressive wins in single masters’ sculling all season.

Outstanding Contribution

Helen Cooke – for many years rowing, coaching, winning, coxing, supporting and organising at Minerva. A power house in pint size!

Winning Squad

Senior Men’s Squad – for their tenacity, determination to win and achieving some of the highest ranking wins we have had.

MBRC Award Winners 2019

Sue Lees, Helen Cooke and Tim Birtwhistle receiving their 2019 MBRC Award

MBRc Awards 2019 Pocket Rockets

The Pocket Rockets Women’s Masters Quad crew of the year

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