One of the most successful years in the history of Durham Amateur Rowing Club’s Juniors section culminated earlier this month with the accolade of Junior Team/Club of the Year at the prestigious Northern Echo Local Heroes Awards.
Now in its 15th year Local Heroes celebrates, recognises and rewards achievements in grassroots sports in the Northern region. As well as discovering the region’s most talented sports people it identifies and rewards those who work behind the scenes and dedicate their lives to grassroots sport, without receiving any recognition. The Junior Team/Club of the Year Award was one of the most keenly contested in the whole of the Local Heroes Awards.
Some of the more notable successes included the under-18 boys eight winning gold at the National Junior Championships in July, the under-16 girls eight winning gold at the National Schools Regatta in May and bronze at the Schools Head of the River Race on the Thames, and Aidan Rushforth winning gold by a huge margin in the under-15 category single sculls at the Junior Inter-Regional Regatta in Nottingham.
Members of the coaching team attended the awards ceremony in Darlington on December 11th. Receiving the award volunteer coach and Junior Co-ordinator Alan Granlund said
‘This is a team award, a big well done to all the coaches, parents and athletes who have contributed this year.’
More on Local Heroes categories and nominees can be found on http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/sport/localheroesawards/