There were many clubs and many commendable performances that met the criteria of the Davison Award which were all reviewed by the Fuller’s Head of the River Fours Committee and after much deliberation, the conclusion was that Stratford upon Avon Boat Club would be worthy winners.
We look forward to seeing members of the club at the prize giving on 10 January 2019 where they will be presented their Davison ‘blade’ by members of Noel Davison’s family.
Chairman, Fuller’s Head of the River Fours”
The Davison Award is a new discretionary award in memory of Noel Davison. Noel was, in addition to many other rowing related volunteer roles, the Honorary Secretary of the Head of the River Fours from 2014 to 2018. He tragically lost his battle with cancer thus 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 Fullers Brewery in January 2019.
Paul Stanton, Stratford upon Avon Boat Club President commented, “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 upon Avon for the immediate future and the 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. ”
For media coverage, see Stratford Observer page 31 and online https://stratfordobserver.co.uk/sport/top-honour-for-stratford-boat-club and also Stratford Herald online http://www.stratford-herald.com/92779-boat-club-receives-inaugural-award-head-river-fours.html