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NSR’s Nomination for the World Rowing Award for Sustainability announced!

Thanks to all your efforts at NSR18, we are delighted to announce that we are one of the top three finalists for the inaugural World Rowing Award for Sustainability!

This Award is the latest initiative in FISA’s long history of commitment to rowing practices that work towards protecting the natural environment that rowers value so highly and on which the sport depends.


Image by Ben Wilde, Rowers Against Rubbish www.rowersagainstrubbish.org @rowersvrubbish

Over 1,000 public submissions were judged by World Rowing’s expert nominations panel, with finalists decided by the FISA Executive Committee. They were impressed by the huge strides you helped us take towards our goal of being a single-use plastic free event and, ultimately, follow the 2012 Olympic legacy of zero waste to landfill.

Your support of the  NSR Waste Reduction and Recycling initiative #PushingforaCLeanSweep resulted in:

  • an overall reduction of rubbish sent to landfill of 43%
  • three skips of rubbish sorted for recycling rather than landfill
  • nine 1200 litre tanks of water provided by sponsor Charles Stanley drunk dry
  • saving the equivalent of 25,000 single-use plastic bottles

We are very much the ‘little fish’ in this particular pond which makes your achievement even more impressive.

Up against us are:

The Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, USA with 9,000 rowers and 30,000 supporters. In their third year of their Zero Waste and Litter Regatta initiative, they have the support of the 12 clubs of Schuylkill Navy’s River Stewards Committee; the Parks and Recreation and Streets Departments of the City of Philadelphia; the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and the Philadelphia Water Department who provided 20 staff from their Customer Information Unit to help distribute bottles and educate the public last year!

Rowing New Zealand, who have been awarded an enormous $400,000 grant from the Waikato River Authority, for restoration and preservation projects around Lake Karapiro.  The lake, home to Rowing NZ is also the venue for, among many other events, the Maadi Cup, the NZ equivalent to NSR.

By comparison, the National Schools’ Regatta is a not-for-profit event, run by a small committee of volunteers as part of a charitable trust. All money raised is put towards the running of the regatta and to help UK rowing clubs with their projects for junior rowers.

The results will be announced on November 23rd at an Awards’ dinner being held as part of the 2018 World Rowing Sports Medicine, Science and Coaches Conference, and 2018 FISA National Federations Conference in Berlin.  Fingers crossed!

Over the coming months, we will be announcing how we plan to build on the success of the 2018 NSR Waste and Recycling Campaign.  We learned a great deal by talking to you during the Regatta and would welcome you to contact us with any ideas you have to help us continue to improve the sustainability of NSR and British rowing.

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