2017 USRowing Fan’s Choice Nominations Now Open

PRINCETON, N.J. — The rowing community is invited to submit nominations for the 2017 USRowing Fan’s Choice Awards, recognizing excellence in rowing across seven categories. The winners will be honored at the Golden Oars Awards Dinner on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at the New York Athletic Club in New York City.

USRowing Fan’s Choice Awards will be given to an “Athlete of the Year” in the junior, collegiate, masters and national team categories and a “Coach of the Year” in the junior, collegiate and masters categories.

Nominations must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on October 13, 2017, using the official nomination form.

This is the seventh anniversary of USRowing’s Fan’s Choice Awards, which are an important element of USRowing’s longstanding tradition of bestowing awards for superior performances and contributions to the success of our sport. Fan’s Choice Awards are nominated by and voted on by the rowing community for outstanding performances in 2017.

Click here for a list of past Fan’s Choice Award winners.

 

USRowing Fan’s Choice Athlete of the Year

Criteria for Selection: A male or female rower or coxswain who has achieved extraordinary success in 2017. Success may be defined as an outstanding performance, having a breakout year, perseverance in spite of difficult odds, consistent strong performance, outstanding service off the water, a combination of the above or other worthy measures.

Junior Athlete of the Year: Defined as a junior/scholastic athlete in the 2017 spring/summer season.

Collegiate Athlete of the Year: Defined as a collegiate athlete in the 2017 spring/summer season.

Masters Athlete of the Year: Defined as a masters athlete in the 2017 spring/summer season.

National Team Athlete of the Year: Defined as a member of the 2017 U.S. Senior National Team.

 

USRowing Fan’s Choice Coach of the Year

Criteria for selection: A rowing coach who has achieved extraordinary success in 2017. Success may be defined as outstanding performance, having a breakout year, making a significant impact on an individual athlete or team performance, perseverance in spite of difficult odds, consistent strong performance,a combination of the above or other worthy measures.

Junior Coach of the Year: Defined as a coach of a junior/scholastic rowing team in the 2017 spring/summer season.

Collegiate Coach of the Year: Defined as a coach of a collegiate rowing team in the 2017 spring season.

Masters Coach of the Year: Defined as a coach of a masters rowing team in the 2017 spring/summer season.

 

Nomination Guidelines

  • Nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on October 13, 2017, for consideration by the USRowing Fan’s Choice Awards Selection Committee.
  • All nominations must be completed fully and on time to be considered.
  • All nominees must be current registered members of USRowing.
  • USRowing employees are not eligible.
  • Nominations will not be considered for previous winners, unless nominated in a different category.
  • All nominations must be submitted using the Athletes or Coaches Form.
  • All decisions by the selection committee are final.
  • Note: these awards are designed for performance in 2017 only; criteria submitted from previous years will not be considered.

 

Voting and Selection

The USRowing Fan’s Choice Awards Selection Committee will review all nominations and post the finalists for each award by October 18. Voting will take place online on October 18 and winners will be chosen by a combination of fan voting and selection committee input. One vote per person in each category is allowed. Voting will close October 24, and winners will be announced on October 25.

 

About the Golden Oars Awards

Co-hosted by USRowing and the National Rowing Foundation, the Golden Oars Awards Dinner is in its seventh year of recognizing excellence in rowing. Golden Oars is the one time each year when the rowing community gathers to honor its own. Proceeds from the dinner are shared by USRowing and the National Rowing Foundation and support USRowing’s national teams. For information on the dinner, purchasing tickets and sponsorship opportunities, click here

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