Dear Members

In my first Captain’s message I will do two things: to thank my predecessor; and to set out how I wish to serve the club and its members.

I’m sure you will all join me in thanking Keith for the time, effort and thought he has put into his tenure, for the benefit of all of us.

Some of his achievements are clearly visible – such as the clubhouse renovation, the tow-truck, whilst others are less visible – such as managing our neighbours to keep us open, creating the new relationship with Brunel University; and others directly connected to enhancing our core activity of rowing – such as the coaching strategy. Keith has worked with the members of several committees, and vast numbers of volunteers, to achieve this. He can now hopefully take a well-deserved break from these matters, and enjoy their benefits (whilst hopefully winning a few more pots with his Vetmen colleagues).

I would like to set out the ABCD of what I would like my Captaincy to stand for.

    • Ambition - supporting everyone to be the best they can be, and get the most out of rowing. This applies across all squads, from our Juniors - past and present, who consistently make us proud - through competitive Senior and Masters squads, to Recreational and Daytime squads who embody the fellowship of the club.
    • Beyond the Boat - rowing safely, protecting everyone from harm, and having fun.
    • Collaboration – respecting each other’s aspirations and goals, making the best use of our club resources and operating in a fair and transparent way in accordance with club principles.
    • Commitment – encouraging each other to stick to the journey we’ve chosen; especially when it is tough.
    • Diversity – seen and unseen - embrace differences and play our role in creating a more inclusive society, whilst respecting and building on the club’s proud history.

I look forward to working with and for you, and welcome your thoughts and ideas.

Nick Steel

Captain, Maidenhead Rowing Club