ROWING: World class start for Patrick

Former Ancholme Rowing Club member Patrick Ibbotson  pictured at the club follwing his return from the Rowing World Championships in South Korea at which he officiated.
Former Ancholme Rowing Club member Patrick Ibbotson pictured at the club follwing his return from the Rowing World Championships in South Korea at which he officiated.
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Brigg has its own international rowing umpire and starter – who officiated at the recent World Championships Korea.

Patrick Ibbotson stuck his oar in with the Ancholme Rowing Club in 1977 and has never looked back since.

After leaving Sir John Nelthorpe School, he went to Durham University and developed his skills as an oarsman there.

But Patrick’s career developed once he left the boat and his role in umpiring grew as well as in ‘starting’ races.

At the 2012 Olympics in London, he was involved in helping the international umpires and was present at the opening and closing ceremonies.

His other roles have been Chairman of the Regional Umpiring Committee and as a National Technical Officer.

Most recently he went to Korea to officiate at the 2013 World Championships.

“It was an honour to go to a fascinating country,” he said.

“I was chosen as one of eighteen umpires to go from a list of 450 and I was chosen to be the starter of the final of the men’s eight, which GB won.”

Patrick used to be Chairman of the UK National Umpiring Committee, a role he has now stood down from.