UKZN Rower in line for International AwardGeneral

UKZN rower Ms Robyn Horan with Ms Shane Nxumalo at the recent Buffalo Regatta in East London.UKZN rower Ms Robyn Horan with Ms Shane Nxumalo at the recent Buffalo Regatta in East London.

BSc Honours in Hydrology student Ms Robyn Horan is among six finalists for a world rowing award, the 2016 Filippi Spirit Award.

This year’s award has attracted an unprecedented 47 nominations from 20 different countries.  ‘We are blown away by the number and calibre of the nominations received this year,’ said FISA President, Mr Jean-Christophe Rolland. ‘We are extremely impressed by the young rowers of today and the work they are accomplishing. These future leaders help ensure a bright future for our sport.’

Horan started rowing in 2014 and soon received several awards for leadership and service to sport. After joining the UKZN rowing team, she became active in helping lead the team, organise events and promote the sport throughout the country.

She has been Chairperson of the UKZN rowing club for the past two years as well as the secretary of the Pietermaritzburg Sports Executive.

Horan is an all-around athlete, participating in hockey, tennis and touch rugby at the University.

The award winner’s university rowing club will receive a custom built, top-of-the-range Filippi eight rowing racing boat shell. The boat recognises the winner’s involvement in the club and helps it to develop young rowers for the future.

Other finalists are Gordon Dodge of South Africa, Renaud Berger of France, Iulia Bodnariuc of Canada, Jose Gomez-Feria of Spain and Nils Jakob Hoff of Norway.

Organisers said: ‘Each of the six finalists has unique and individual attributes and all have demonstrated the core values of the sport of rowing. Through these values they have been able to inspire exceptional success in their own as well as other people’s lives.’


* Filippi Lido S.R.L. (also known as Filippi Boats) is a rowing racing boat manufacturer based in Donorotico, Italy.

Robyn Horan