20 April 2017
Last Thursday, Leander was honoured for the club’s many years of success in rowing by the town of Henley-on-Thames. Leander received Henley’s corporate award for 2017 at the annual town meeting, the local newspaper the Henley Standard reported the other day.
At the meeting, Ian Forster was also honoured for almost half a century of volunteering for community organisations.
Leander, which was established in Henley in 1897 after being founded on the Tideway in 1818, is the most distinguished rowing club in the world, having won a total of 123 Olympic medals to date, including gold in the men’s eight and silvers in the women’s eight and double sculls at the 2016 Olympic Games. Twelve of Leander’s athletes were competing on Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon in Rio.
‘Leander is a shining light for the town and the Heroes’ Return was one of the sporting highlights of the civic year. Leander Club continues to be the leading provider of rowing athletes for the Great Britain team and the world’s most successful rowing club,’ said Julian Brookes, Mayor of Henley-on-Thames.
The award was presented by Henley MP John Howell to Leander chairman Hugh Richardson.
‘What a huge honour it is for Leander to be recognised with the award of the town medal. This will be greatly appreciated by our membership across the world,’ said Richardson and added: ‘I just hope we can continue to contribute in some way to the great Henley community.’
‘It was a great honour to be asked to present the medals and I thought they were two outstanding recipients,’ remarked Howell.