Top honour for Exmouth Rowing club's Robert Board

PUBLISHED: 09:23 28 November 2012

At a glittering luncheon ceremony held in the sumptuous surroundings of the Guild of Merchant Taylors Hall in Threadneedle Street London, local rower Robert Board was presented with the British Rowing Regional Volunteer of the Year Award.

The honour was handed over to Board by British Rowing President Di Ellis CBE.

Board started rowing as a junior in Plymouth back in the early 1960’s when he was at sea school prior to joining the Merchant Navy.

He returned to the sport in 1993 following the formation of Exmouth Rowing club and undertook many roles including those of vice-captain, treasurer and 15 years as secretary.

In 1998 Bob took over as secretary of the West of England Rowing Association, a role he is still in, which makes him the longest serving secretary to date.

Bobs citation read: “Bob Board (overall winner West Region) was a founder member of Exmouth Rowing club in 1993 and is still a very active member of the club. For the last fourteen years he has been an extremely efficient secretary to the West of England ARA. Bob was also secretary to the West Regional Rowing Council when it was first set up, taking up that role again in 2009. An umpire and entries secretary for the South Coast Championships, his communication skills are faultless. He is a problem solver who gives direction to all developments and supports and encourages all events in the West of England. Bob, thank you for your on-going and long lasting contribution to rowing in the West.”

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