St Catherine's College Rowing Society
President: Colin Smith
Vice Presidents: Neil Chugani, Richard Peters, Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE, Ben Sylvester, Zoe de Toledo, Andrew Triggs Hodge OBE.

The Benjamin F. Sylvester Jr Award

The winner of the 2022 award is
Niamh Louwman

Proxime Accessit: Eugenio Vecchi

Niamh Louwman

[BFS Award]

Those who nominated Niamh said

Niamh is an indispensable member of the club. She has made SCCBC such a well-run and warm environment in which to learn and thrive... Niamh epitomises the phrase 'team player'; she is dedicated to the success of the club and always thinks about the greater good of the whole squad
Niamh Louwman is the head and heart of SCCBC. While she's been absolutely amazing as president in managing the logistics and communication for the boat club, I'm nominating Niamh for her contributions to the culture. Joining as a novice (with neither coordination nor talent), I felt immediately welcome, encouraged, and included
Also nominated were: Tom Aston, Lucy Bartel, Emma Coakley, Kan Li and Isabel Milner

Background of the Award

At the North American alumni reunion on March 16, 2002, Sir Peter Williams announced the establishment of an award to commemorate the splendid and varied contributions made by Benjamin F. Sylvester, Jr to the College. The award has been funded by the St Catherine's College (Oxford) Foundation.
A Benjamin F. Sylvester, Jr medal will be given annually to the member of the Boat Club who has most significantly contributed to enhancing the rowing life of St Catherine's College, Oxford.
Names of winners will also be displayed on a plaque to be mounted in the boathouse club room. Nominations will be solicited from members of the Boat Club and will be judged by a committee of former College oarsmen. The medal, designed by Dana Edmondson, depicts a Catherine wheel comprised of oars on a background of water. At the ends of the oars are flames symbolizing warmth and illumination. At the center of the medal is the crest of St Catherine's College, Oxford.

Design for the Benjamin F. Sylvester, Jr medal
[BFS Medal]

Previous Winners

2021 Ilayda Karadag
2020 Chloe Bregazzi
2019 Jakob Kaeppler (Rachel Craig-McFeeley proxime accessit)
2018 Holly Smith
2017 Georgios Ntentas
2016 James Wills (Alice Pickthall proxime accessit)
2015 Miriam Mahmoud
2014 Ben Baron
2013 Joshua Morgan
2012 Joanna Harrall
2011 Theresa Kevorkian (Phillip McCullough proxime accessit)
2010 Jack Plummer
2009 Anu Dudhia (Special Award)
2009 Malcolm Spencer
2008 James Dunbar (Dane van den Akker proxime accessit)
2007 Michael Tran (Katharine Pierce proxime accessit)
2006 Darren Chadwick (Michael Tran proxime accessit)
2005 Steve Wicks
2004 Dan Robson
2003 Mike Bull
2002 Emily Woodeson
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