World Rowing award former FISA secretary general with top honour

John Boultbee with his Distinguished Service to International Rowing Award (Copyright Ben Tufnell)

World Rowing announced on Friday evening, in London, that former FISA secretary general and Rowing Australia Board Director, John Boultbee is the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Services to International Rowing Award.

Mr Boultbee was short-listed for the prestigious award alongside five greats from the world of rowing, namely Morten Espersen from Denmark, Juergen Grobler from Great Britain, Dominic Casey from Ireland and Nicholas Ee from Singapore.

Starting out as a coxswain and then coach, John Boultbee’s, affiliation with rowing is long and diverse. A lawyer by trade, Boultbee, 67, left his barrister job to be secretary general of the World Rowing Federation, FISA, based at that time in Oberhofen, Switzerland. He held the role from 1989 to 1995.

Since then Boultbee has been a FISA Council and Executive Committee member until 2014. In 1990, Boultbee was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to rowing as an administrator. He has been on Rowing Australia’s executive board, the management committee for the Sydney International Rowing Regatta and is a Steward of Great Britain’s Henley Royal Regatta; he is also an active member of Sydney University Boat Club where he is currently Treasurer.

Rowing Australia Chairman, Rob Scott, said: “On behalf of Rowing Australia and the whole Australian rowing community I would like to offer my hearty congratulations to John. We are all delighted that such a fitting award has been bestowed upon him.

“It is only right that in becoming a recipient of this award that one of Australia’s most influential administrators joins some of the greatest names to contribute to international rowing.”

Mr Boultbee received his award in London on Friday 8 December at the World Rowing Gala Dinner as part of the World Rowing Coaches Conference.