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The Di Ellis Trophy

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J1x | Junior Single Sculls

This trophy was presented by Di Ellis in 1999. Dame Di Ellis was appointed chairman of British Rowing in 1989 and executive chairman in 1992, and oversaw its growth from a staff of 10 to 116 in 2012. Di was a founder member of Henley Women’s Regatta and chairman of the Women’s Rowing Commission.

Having rowed internationally, Di subsequently became a team manager and umpire before moving to the administrative side of 

the sport where she was recognised as Sunday Times Sports Woman Administrator of the Year, and by the IOC for services to women’s sport. In 2004, Di received a CBE for services to rowing and in 2013 was awarded a DBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, recognising a lifetime’s commitment to sport. In addition she became the first female Steward of Henley Royal Regatta

Among other roles, Dame Di was a trustee of the British Olympic Foundation and the Torch Trophy Trust, a member of the BOA remuneration committee and a life vice-president of the British Olympic Association, president of British Rowing and a vice-president of the Sport & Recreation Alliance. A driving force behind her involvement was not only a passion for sport but also the desire to create opportunities for all which has included encouragement of women and past work with World Rowing on the development of disability rowing

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