Stewards’ December Meeting 2011 – Election of Steward

1. Amendments to the Qualification & General Rules for 20122. Election of Steward3. Committee of Management for 2012Election of StewardHenley Royal Regatta today recognised one of rowing’s top female performers when Guin Batten was elected as a Steward of the Regatta.Batten was in the crew that won Britain’s first female Olympic medal of all time when she was part of the GB quadruple scull that took silver at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney alongside Katherine Grainger who is also a Henley Steward.Previously she had competed at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta in the single scull.Since retiring Batten, who has a Master’s Degree in Sport Science from the University of Loughborough, has been active (2005 – 2009) in supporting the current crop of top international rowers through her work with the FISA (World Rowing Federation) Athletes’ Commission. In 2010 she was elected as Chair of the Rowing for All Commission.In 2003 she set the record for the fastest solo crossing of the English Channel in a rowing shell (Olympic Class), crossing in a time of 3 hours and 14 minutes.Guin is Head of Research & Innovation at the Youth Sport Trust and has been an active advocate of promoting the role of women in sport.Today the Regatta also introduced a new event for junior women – the Junior Women’s Quadruple Sculls which will be raced for the first time in 2012.  This will be open to U18 crews. 7th December, 2011For further information contact: D. G. M. Grist,The Secretary, Henley Royal Regatta,Regatta Headquarters, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 2LYTelephone 01491-572153