USRowing Annual Awards Nominations Now Open

Each year, USRowing honors outstanding athletes, coaches, and volunteers who have made a great impact on our sport and recognizes their contributions through our Annual Awards program.

USRowing is currently accepting nominations for the board-selected awards and for the referee awards. Award winners will be honored at either the the 2018 Golden Oars Gala on Thursday, November 15, in New York City or at the 2018 Annual Awards Reception held Saturday, December 8, at the USRowing Annual Convention in San Diego, Calif.

Nominations for the Fan’s Choice Awards ARE NOT currently being accepted. Information on the Fan’s Choice Awards will be available in September.

Board-Selected Awards

To submit a nomination for the 2018 board-selected awards, email the following to Brett Johnson at brett.johnson@usrowing.org.

  • Name of the nominee
  • Name of person submitting the nomination
  • Award for which the person is being nominated
  • Brief description of the nominee’s credentials and why he or she is deserving of the award (500 words or fewer)

Nominations are due August 1, 2018.

Award Descriptions (Previous winners can be found here.)

  • USRowing Medal of Honor
    • Criteria: Awarded to a member of the rowing community in the U.S. who has rendered conspicuous service to, or accomplished extraordinary feats in, rowing. It is the highest honor USRowing can bestow.
  • Jack Kelly Award
    • Criteria: Awarded to an outstanding individual who represents the ideals that Jack Kelly exemplified: superior achievements in rowing, service to amateur athletics, and success in their chosen profession, thereby serving as an inspiration to American rowers.
  • Anita DeFrantz Award for Advancing Diversity in Rowing
    • Criteria: Awarded to an individual or organization achieving measurable success in expanding diversity opportunities in rowing.
  • Isabel Bohn Award for Achievement in Adaptive Rowing
    • Criteria: Awarded to an individual or organization achieving measurable success in expanding rowing opportunities for those with physical and intellectual disabilities.
  • The Clayton W. Chapman Award
    • Criteria: Awarded to an outstanding individual who emulates Clayton Chapman’s 30-year stewardship of the Eastern Sprints and IRA Championships. This person will have consistently served behind the scenes in unrecognized, but important roles, in staging a regatta. The individual may be an athlete, coach, referee, administrator, volunteer or regatta organizer.
  • John J. Carlin Service Award
    • Criteria: Awarded to honor an individual who has made significant and outstanding commitments in support of rowing.
  • Ernestine Bayer Award (Formerly Woman of the Year)
    • Criteria: Awarded in recognition of outstanding contributions to women’s rowing and/or to an outstanding woman in rowing.
  • Man of the Year
    • Criteria: Awarded in recognition of outstanding contributions to men’s rowing and/or to an outstanding man in rowing.

Referee Awards

To submit a nomination for the 2018 referee awards, email the following to jules.zane@usrowing.org.

  • Name of the nominee
  • Name of person submitting the nomination
  • Award for which the person is being nominated
  • Brief description of the nominee’s credentials and why he or she is deserving of the award (500 words or fewer)

Nominations for the Jack Franklin Award are due August 1, 2018. The nomination deadline for the Julian Wolf Award and the Joan Zandbergen “Mama Z” Award is September 1, 2018.

Award Descriptions (Previous winners can be found here.)

  • Jack Franklin Award
    • The Jack Franklin Award recognizes an individual for a lifetime of contributions to our sport. The winner of the Franklin Award is selected by the Referee Committee.
  • Julian Wolf Award
    • The Julian Wolf Award pays tribute to the one rowing official in the USA  that stood apart from the rest in his/her contribution to rowing in the past year. It is based upon one, several, or all of the following: outstanding performance, dedication, heroic acts or outstanding  contributions to officiating. The winner is selected by five past Wolf award winners.
  • Joan Zandbergen “Mama Z” Award
    • The Joan Zandbergen “Mama Z” Award for Sustained Superior Performance is presented to one USRowing official who, over a period of 3-10 years, has stood apart from the rest of his or her peers.

Fan’s Choice Awards

Information on the nominating process for the Fan’s Choice Awards will be available September 2018.

Club of the Year Award

Nominations for the USRowing Club of the Year Award, which is based on a points system, are due October 15, 2018. Applications will be available August 31, 2018.

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