Saturday, 24 July 2021

Rowing club officials barred during inquiry

AN investigation has been launched into the activities of Henley Rowing Club by the sport’s governing

AN investigation has been launched into the activities of Henley Rowing Club by the sport’s governing body.

President John Friend, chairman Jeff Morgan and captain David Lister have been asked not to attend the club until further notice.

British Rowing says the men have withdrawn from the club voluntarily but would not reveal the nature of the investigation.

The club says it will continue to operate as normal.

Secretary Mervyn Theaker has sent an email to all members informing them of the inquiry.

He said: “We do not know why they have been asked ‘not to attend’ the club but uninformed speculation and gossip will not help and we should continue to operate as normal. The other officers at the club will, for the time being, fulfil the roles of David, Jeff and John. While there may be some early disruption to the coaching of juniors, the club is putting in place plans to ensure that this is minimised and that all age groups continue to be fully supported.”

A British Rowing spokesman said: “British Rowing can confirm an independent investigation led by Sport Resolutions is being conducted at Henley Rowing Club.

“As part of this investigation three individuals have voluntarily withdrawn themselves from club activity. This withdrawal should be seen as a neutral act and is standard procedure in such instances.

“In the best interests of everyone involved, British Rowing will not be commenting further at this time.” Henley Rowing Club is probably the oldest open water rowing club in Great Britain and has more than 350 members.

In September, two celebrations were held to mark its 175th anniversary. 

The first saw 200 members and club supporters attend a ball at Phyllis Court Club and the second was a barbecue party at the clubhouse in Wargrave Road.

In February, the club appointed Beverley Mulrooney as the first full-time manager in its history and she pledged to encourage more people to take up the sport.

Earlier this month, members of the club refurbished the bar in the clubhouse, which included redecorating the room and having the carpets cleaned.

Sports Resolutions said it wouldn’t comment.

Steve Thompson, press officer for Henley Rowing Club, did not respond to requests for comment.

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