Paignton rower Jane honoured for outstanding service to the sport

Torbay Weekly

Jane Perry, from Paignton Rowing Club, has just been awarded life membership of the West of England ARA to mark the outstanding service she has given to the sport in the South West over many years.

The award was made at the recent annual meeting of the association and where she was also voted into the position of president elect.

Jane joined the Paignton club back in 1973 as a young 13 year old and was a member of the Paignton crew that secured the ladies' open championship in 1976, 1984 and 1985.

In 1986, the crew won the ladies' open race at the South Coast Championships in Plymouth and also represented WEARA in the South Coast in Dartmouth and Torquay colours.

She is now a life member and trustee of the South Devon club and has served as club captain on three separate occasions and was selected by the club to serve as president of WEARA back in 2009.

When she takes up the same position next year, she will be one of a very small number of local officials who have held the prestigious position on more than one occasion.

The highlight of her year in office in 2022 will be the hosting of the annual South Coast Championships by her beloved Paignton club for the very first time in the club's history.

Jane has also served the region as an umpire, starting her first season in 1998 and is still officiating at local regattas and also at the end of season South Coast Championships.

She has also served the region as a member of the South Coast Council and is now the region’s representative at British Rowing which involves having to travel up to London for regular meetings.