SAS, the global leader in analytics, is delighted to announce that it has extended its partnership with British Rowing as Official Analytics Partner for a further three years, until December 2020.
The extension of the partnership comes off the back of four successful years working together, during which SAS has helped British Rowing gain a better understanding of the intelligence and value that data management and analysis can bring to a data rich environment.
Over the next three years, SAS will build on this work and help transform data analytics across the organisation. This will support British Rowing’s ambition to become a more data-driven and insight-led organisation.
In addition to a substantial financial commitment, SAS will provide its market leading analytics software, consultancy services and training to support key projects covering British Rowing’s world class high performance programme, as well as the wider rowing community.
Building on the phenomenal success of British Rowing’s talent identification programmes, World Class Start, Para-rowing Talent ID and the High Performance Programme in Clubs, SAS will provide data analytics and reporting to help identify and develop the future stars of rowing looking ahead to Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028.
In order to better serve and grow British Rowing’s membership, SAS will provide its world-leading software and expertise to develop a suite of real-time membership dashboards. These will be used by British Rowing’s senior management team to make insight-based decisions to help improve and promote the membership offer and provide insights into British Rowing’s education and training provision for clubs, coaches and rowers.
In addition, SAS will support the roll-out of rowing’s new domestic Competition Framework, that will help to create fairer, closer and more exciting racing through a ranking points system. SAS’ expertise in data analytics will be used to review in excess of 65,000 competition records captured during the pilot phase to help shape the points calculations that underpin the new Competition Framework.
Working with SAS across these projects will provide British Rowing with improved data architecture and enhanced analytics expertise to support its ambitions to remain as one of the world’s leading rowing nations and further support its growing membership.
Commenting on the extension to the partnership, Andy Parkinson, CEO of British Rowing, said: “We are delighted to have extended our excellent partnership with SAS and I would like to thank them for their continued support of British Rowing. Over the past four years, SAS has really helped us lay the foundations of our data analytics capabilities and we are excited to be taking the partnership to a new level. By working with the global leader in data analytics, we are confident that we can achieve our ambitions to be a data-driven, insight-led organisation adding value to our sport on and off the field of play.”
Charles Senabulya, VP & Country Manager, SAS UK & Ireland, said: “It’s been really exciting working with British Rowing and being able to share in some of the outstanding successes they’ve had in competition. It’s also a great way to showcase the power of analytics and how it can help any organisation get an edge over the competition. We look forward to working with British Rowing on a number of new initiatives, not only to help develop future champions but also to support them in being able to make better, data-driven decisions as a governing body.”
Find out more about SAS’ role as Official Analytics Partner to British Rowing
England have finalised their squad for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games after announcing 16 athletes on Thursday last week.
Unfortunately recent injuries to Lily Owsley, Shona McCallin and Nic White mean they will miss the games and have been replaced by Emily Defroand, Jo Hunter and Suzy Petty. The trio will all be competing at the Commonwealth Games for the first time.
Head coach Danny Kerry said “We are all incredibly sympathetic to Lily, Shona and Nic, it is a real bitter blow for them given the fantastic nature of the Commonwealth Games.
As always this presents an opportunity to other athletes, and we are obviously delighted to have Emily, Jo and Suzy available and we look forward to them taking the opportunity it presents to them.”
England begin their campaign against South Africa on April 5 before facing Wales, India and Malaysia in pool A.
Giselle Ansley (Surbiton)
Grace Balsdon (Canterbury)
Sophie Bray (Kampong)
Alex Danson (Clifton Robinsons)
Emily Defroand (Surbiton)
Sarah Haycroft (Surbiton)
Maddie Hinch (Stichtse)
Jo Hunter (Surbiton)
Kathryn Lane (Leicester)
Hannah Martin (Surbiton)
Hollie Pearne-Webb (Surbiton)
Suzy Petty (Wimbledon)
Ellie Rayer (East Grinstead)
Amy Tennant (East Grinstead)
Anna Toman (Wimbledon)
Susannah Townsend (Canterbury)
Laura Unsworth (East Grinstead)
Ellie Watton (Holcombe)
USA sprint star Christian Coleman has today confirmed that he is to run at the 2018 Müller Anniversary Games when the fifth edition of the meeting heads to London on July 21-22 this summer.
Now established as one of the biggest names on the international circuit following two world medals in less than 12 months, Coleman left his mark on the global stage with world 100m silver at last year’s IAAF World Championships in London, with his time of 9.94 just 0.02 shy of claiming gold, while his time also saw edge the great Usain Bolt into bronze.
Stepping into 2018 in the same groove, the 22-year-old became the most talked about athlete of this year’s indoor season as he smashed the 60m world record in Albuquerque, USA, before then going on to take world 60m gold at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham earlier this month.
Now with the indoor season behind him, Coleman will prepare to appear at July’s Müller Anniversary Games, the first of two UK legs of the IAAF Diamond League series, where competition is expected to be led by a number of the world’s quickest sprinters.
Additionally, and based on numerous world records at previous editions of the meeting, the London Stadium’s reputation for having a quick track is sure to build the sense of anticipation when it comes to seeing how the world’s quickest man over 60m fares on his return to the capital.
Speaking on confirming his attendance at July’s Müller Anniversary Games, world 60m champion and 9.82 seconds 100m man Christian Coleman said:
“I’ve enjoyed some really special moments in the UK in what has been a really short period of time, so to come back over and live that London Stadium experience once again will be huge.
“While I haven’t competed at the Müller Anniversary Games before, I do have some pretty special world championship memories from last summer and winning silver in the 100m, so to get back out on the start line at the best athletics stadium will be something special.”
Reminiscing further on his world silver in the London Stadium last summer, Coleman added:
“There were pockets of USA fans all around the stadium and the atmosphere was just incredible; to have so many people there in support was crazy. The UK knows how to do track and field and do it well, so I’m definitely excited to be coming back.”
Chief Executive of UK Athletics, Niels de Vos said:
“To have an athlete of Christian’s calibre confirmed to compete at the best athletics stadium in the world in July really does continue to lay the foundations for yet another world-class edition of the Müller Anniversary Games come July.
“Christian’s performances of late have quite rightly caught the attention of the world, and to have him confirmed to compete alongside the likes of Dina Asher-Smith and Richard Whitehead at the Müller Anniversary Games means we have all the makings for the best edition of the meeting yet.”
The GB Judo VI Team had a successful day in Sao Paolo at the Paralympic International Judo Infraero Grand Prix on Saturday 17 March with a five-medal haul including gold medals for Elliot Stewart (-90kg) and Chris Skelley (-100kg).
The competition in Brazil was a vital event in preparation for the Antalya World Cup next month (22 – 23 April).
Speaking afterwards, British Judo Elite Performance Coach Ian Johns said:
“Overall it was a great display from the British athletes leaving what was a very tough event with very promising performances. Very professional performances from the more experienced athletes and very spirited from the next crop of athletes. Looking forward to Turkey next month.”
Stewart was fighting at his first competition of 2018 and he had a tough first contest against Rio 2016 bronze medallist Dartanyon Crockett (USA).
The Birmingham judoka threw his opponent with a massive osoto-gari and continued in this form throughout the day, winning each contest by ippon.
The semi-final against Roberto Silva (BRA) proved to be a tough affair as he went behind after being countered in the opening minute.
However, the British judoka showed strong contest management to apply pressure and level the score late on. Stewart then finished the contest in golden score with an ippon score
In the final he proved too strong for Brazil’s Arthur Silva, as he backed up an early waza-ari with an ippon in the next exchange.
Chris Skelley was also the standout judoka in his weight category and he showed he was in form with two good early wins with his signature tomoe – nage.
The Hull judoka worked his way through to the final where he faced Brazil’s Paralympic legend Antonio Tenorio.
The four-time Paralympic champion made a strong start but the British judoka was patient and took his chance in newaza and forced the Brazilian to tap.
Natalie Greenhough (-70kg) added a strong bronze medal to her collection with her only defeat coming to Rio 2016 medallist Alana Maldonado (BRA) in the semi-finals.
In the bronze medal contest Greenhough dominated her opponent as she threw her for waza-ari before securing a tight osaekomi to complete the win.
Dan Powell (-81kg) continued his return to international competition with another bronze medal. The London 2012 Paralympian had to come through the repechage and faced World No.6 Harley Arruda (BRA).
Powell went behind early on but showed good tactical awareness to secure a rolling strangle which forced his opponent to tap out.
Jack Hodgson (+100kg) also had to make his way through the repechage after losing to World No.1 Wilians de Araujo (BRA). The British judoka made up for that early disappointment in his repechage contests with three massive ippon wins.
There were also highly encouraging and positive fifth places for some of the younger members of the team in Sam Price (-60kg), Connah Anders (-66kg) and Cameron Bradley (-81kg).
Dina Asher-Smith (coach: John Blackie) showed she is in fine form heading into next month’s Commonwealth Games as she took victory in her outdoor opener over 100m. Having travelled out to Australia early, the European 200m champion clocked 11.24 (0.9m/s) over the shorter sprint, demonstrating that her transition from the indoor season has been a smooth one. Stepping down to 200m, Dwayne Cowan (Lloyd Cowan) posted a solid 21.30 (1.5) run, only his second race this winter.
Jade Lally (Andrew Neal) produced her best throw for over 12 months with a 59.11m effort in the discus down under. Having struggled with a long-term back problem, Lally is finally getting back towards her best, adding nearly 10 metres to her effort two weeks ago.
NYC Half Marathon, New York, USA, 18 March
Chris Thompson (Alan Storey) produced what he believes is his best ever run over the half marathon as he finished a fine third in New York. Despite a tough course and even tougher weather conditions, Thompson formed part of a stellar front group, in what was a close fought race all the way to the line. Ultimately American’s Ben True and Dathan Ritzenhein showed superior finishing speed, with Thompson finishing just four seconds down on the winner in 62.43.
In the men’s wheelchair race Simon Lawson geared up for next month’s Commonwealth Games with a fifth place finish in 55.25.
Louisiana Classics, Lafayette, USA, 16-17 March
Jake Norris (Paul Dickenson) produced a scintillating series with the 7.26kg hammer, breaking the British junior record with that weight with a 70.98m throw in round five. Surpassing 70 metres for the first time in his young career, Norris not only did it once but on five out of his six throws as he became the 35th Brit to surpass that mark. At 18 years of age he still has plenty of time in the age group.
English Schools Cross Country Championships, Leeds, 17 March
Despite snow and sleet, the English Schools Cross Country Championships went ahead in Leeds, Matt Willis a clear winner, completing a hat-trick of victories at the event. In the senior girl’s race Holly Page (Jason Marchant) took the title, improving on seventh a year earlier.
Parelloop Brunssum 10k, Brunssum, The Netherlands, 18 March
Loughborough based Sam Stabler (Rob Denmark) was in action for England on the roads in The Netherlands, posting a fine 29.09 clocking on a notoriously fast course. Further results to follow.
Robert Gordon University has reclaimed the sought-after title yesterday at the 23rd annual Aberdeen Boat Race, which is sponsored by Aberdeen Standard Investments. Bringing the trophy back to their boathouse after last year’s loss, the mixed crew of eight triumphed in a time of 8 minutes 12.6 seconds, winning by two lengths over a shortened course due to river conditions. Their rivals from the University of Aberdeen crossed the line close behind, in a time of 8 minutes 18.7 seconds. Hundreds of spectators lined the River Dee to cheer on the rowers in the city’s premier rowing spectacle.
Erin Wyness (21), president of Robert Gordon University Boat Club, says, “We’re on cloud nine, and it still hasn’t quite sunk in that we’ve won the title back. Losing last year was a real blow after five years of winning, but to have brought the trophy back to RGU is amazing. I’m very proud of all the crew has achieved this year. This is my fourth time in the Aberdeen Boat Race, and to have won three of those feels incredible.
“The University of Aberdeen crew put out a strong line up – the race wouldn’t have been as exciting or tough if we didn’t have such formidable opponents.
“The Aberdeen Boat Race has raised the profile of rowing in the north east of Scotland over the last 23 years, and it’s been amazing to be a part of it again this year – from the alumni and second crew races right up until the title race, there’s been some real talent on show. Thanks, too, to Aberdeen Standard Investments for their support in the organisation of the event.”
Henry Pettinger-Harte (22), president of Aberdeen University Boat Club, adds, “Congratulations to Robert Gordon University on their win today. In the lead up to the race, the teams each had their own unique strengths – but in the heat of the moment RGU pulled ahead. Although we didn’t win, the crew put in an incredible effort and really pushed themselves both in training and on the water – I’m very proud of all they’ve achieved.
“There was a real buzz about the river today and it was amazing to see so many spectators lining the shore to cheer on the crews – it really made the day for us. I’d also like to thank Aberdeen Standard Investments for their continued support – without their backing the Aberdeen Boat Race wouldn’t be the top sporting event it’s become.”
The alumni boat race was won by Robert Gordon University by just four feet in a time of 8 minutes 34.3 seconds. The universities’ second crew boat race was won by the University of Aberdeen by one and a quarter lengths in a time of 2 minutes 35 seconds. STV clinched the media challenge title in a time of 1 minute 17 seconds by five lengths over a short course in two-person coxed tub boats.
Martin Gilbert, co-chief executive of title sponsor Aberdeen Standard Investments, says, “Once again, the Aberdeen Boat Race proved to be a thrilling display of talent and steely determination. On behalf of all at Aberdeen Standard Investments I would like to congratulate Robert Gordon University on their hard-fought win.
“I would also like to commend the efforts of the University of Aberdeen crew, who put in a valiant effort and deserve every praise. The commitment shown by the rowers over the last few months is a testament to the high levels of excellence expected of them by their universities.
“We are proud to have sponsored the Aberdeen Boat Race for the last 18 years and look forward to its continued success as one of the country’s best loved rowing events.”
The British Equestrian Federation today, 15 March, publishes, with the support of UK Sport and Sport England, the report of the Independent Review into the relationship between the BEF’s board, head office and member bodies during the period April 2016 to the appointment of the independent review panel on 13 October 2017. The then BEF board commissioned the review to fully understand and investigate issues raised by its former CEO, Clare Salmon, in July 2017.
In summary, the independent review panel found that:
- There had been a breakdown in relationships between the leadership of the BEF and member bodies, which was not exclusive to the period under investigation
- Many of these relationship issues had arisen through lack of clarity about and acceptance of the role of the BEF
- In relation to the key themes raised by the CEO on her resignation, certain actions during the period relevant to the review may be viewed objectively as bullying, elitism and arising from self interest; but there was no evidence of corruption.
The panel recommends that all stakeholders should focus on three key areas: identification of the role and responsibilities of the BEF; establishing strong leadership to effect change; and to maintain good governance, including the adoption of a Code of Conduct.
On behalf of the British Equestrian Federation, its Interim Chair Ed Warner says: “We are grateful for the work of the panel and accept, in full, the recommendations arising from its independent review, which identified difficulties in relationships within the BEF.
“It is now a priority for the BEF, which is under the leadership of both a new board of directors and executive management, to learn lessons from the past and ensure appropriate practices in future. We are committed to strong and transparent governance, which will be critical in ensuring the trust of all our stakeholders going forward.
“I come to the end of my tenure as Interim Chair shortly. I took on the role at the end of October 2017 to steer the Federation through a period of significant change. In that time, during which the panel was conducting its review, I have been impressed by how well the employees of the BEF, under the leadership of Interim CEO Nicki Kavanagh, and our member bodies have continued to work. I thank them for their commitment, particularly in securing a unanimous vote by our members in favour of the BEF’s new Articles of Association and putting all the measures in place to achieve compliance with UK Sport and Sport England’s A Code for Sports Governance.
“I have been encouraged by the collaboration I have experienced with our member bodies in recent months, and also their enthusiasm to work with the new board, the incoming permanent Chair and our new CEO, Nick Fellows, who joins the BEF later in March. This represents a fresh start for the organisation and I am sure British equestrianism will be all the stronger for it in the years ahead.”
- Athletics World Cup London 2018 will take place at the London Stadium on 14-15 July 2018
- Eight competing nations of the Athletics World Cup continue to impress prior to the Cup heading to London
- Registrations to close in the days prior to April 4 ahead of ticket ballot; information available at www.athleticsworldcup.org
The event schedule ahead of the Athletics World Cup has today been revealed as the countdown to this summer’s event continues.
Set to take place on 14-15 July at the London Stadium, the Athletics World Cup will see the globe’s top-eight nations – China, South Africa, USA, Great Britain & Northern Ireland, Poland, Germany, Jamaica and France – go head to head over two days in a points-scoring system.
Featuring all eight field events alongside all track events from 100m through to the 1500m, plus 4x100m and 4x400m relays, each of the two Athletics World Cup sessions will feature an even split of eight field events and nine track events, with each evening building to finish with the aforementioned relay races.
Saturday’s session will feature highly competitive female field events as the women’s javelin, hammer throw, pole vault and long jump take centre stage, while action on the track will feature a multitude of sprints, hurdles and middle-distance races before the men’s 4x100m and women’s 4x400m bring the session to a close.
Set to decide who takes home the Athletics World Cup trophy, the eight nations’ bid to continue scoring maximum points will pick back up at pace on Sunday; field events on the night including the men’s pole vault, hammer throw and women’s high jump among others. The Cup is then set to conclude with the men’s 100m and 4x400m and women’s 4x100m, following which the winning nation will be presented with the Athletics World Cup trophy.
Timings for the Athletics World Cup will be confirmed in due course, with each session expected to run from 7-10pm.
Registrations for the Athletics World Cup are now open at https://www.athleticsworldcup.org/, with the closure in the days prior to April 4 to be followed by a ticketing ballot.