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Rowing medal of honour awarded to Devon FreemasonAt the Annual General meeting of British Rowing on Saturday 1st October, the Chairman, Annamarie Phelps CBE was pleased to announce that the 2016 British Rowing Medal of Honour presented for outstanding service to the sport had been awarded to 4 recipients, namely:

Ray Mallett, Chairman of the West Regional Rowing Council, in recognition of his long service and his work with WEARA and fixed seat rowing.

Martin Humphrys, Chairman of the Thames Regional Rowing Council, in recognition of his long service to the development of the sport and the success of the Junior Inter- Regional Regatta.

Katherine Grainger CBE, British Rowing’s most successful female athlete, ambassador, chancellor and Henley Steward.

Maggie Netto, Assistant to the Performance Director, for her outstanding support to the high performance programme over a period of 20 years. Previous recipients of the award include Sir Steven Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent.

Of Masonic interest is that both Ray Mallett and Martin Humphrys enjoy Provincial rank in various degrees in their respective provinces.

Ray is a member of Obedience Lodge 1753 Okehampton, St John the Baptist Royal Arch Chapter 39, Coryton & Rougemont Union Rose Croix Chapter No:2, Exon Lodge Mark 1075 and Holy Cross Preceptory Knights Templar 561.Martin holds London Grand Rank.

This is the highest award that British Rowing can bestow on any of its members and is the sports equivalent of a Knighthood. Ray Mallett will be presented with his medal on Saturday 12th November at the West of England ARA dinner at Teign Golf Club.

Ray has been actively involved with the administration of the sport since October 1973 at club, regional, and national level as chairman and delegate of various regional councils and associations, as a director of the BR Executive, and as a national umpire; and competitively since 1975. He was honoured in 2001 by the IOC for services to the sport as a volunteer.

On hearing of his award, Ray said

"I am extremely humbled by the whole thing, but at the same time obviously delighted and very proud to be associated and linked to such an elite group of people. It's turning into quite a swan song for me this year as I am officiating at the World Coastal Rowing Championships in Monaco next week. What is it they say about Buses?"

Many congratulations to WBros. Ray and Martin on receiving such wonderful and prestigious honours.