— Published 10 November 2021

Europe under the British flag

There has been a change of leadership at the European Rowing Confederation. Organised in virtual mode, the elective general assembly of the continental body was marked by the election of the British Annamarie Phelps (photo above) as president. She will replace the Polish rower Ryszard Stadniuk (on the right in the photo), who has been in office since 2008 but did not seek a new mandate. Annamarie Phelps was first elected to the European Rowing Board in 2017. She is a long-time president of the British Rowing Federation and sits on the National Olympic Committee (BOA) as vice-president. During the same general assembly, Patrick Rombaut from Belgium, Dusan Machacek from the Czech Republic and Algirdas Raslanas from Lithuania were elected to represent Europe on the World Rowing Council, the international body for rowing. Finally, the first two editions of a new event on the calendar, the European Rowing Championships (endurance and sprint), were awarded to San Sebastian, Spain, for 2022 (27 to 31 October), and to La Seyne-Sur-Mer, France, for 2023 (31 August to 4 September).