England is the birthplace of rowing. This is where rowing took shape as a particular pastime, which is part of public culture, with carefully followed traditions and millions of loyal fans. Here the rules of competition were drawn up, the first official race was held, the design of rowing boats was developed. A system of amateur, school, student clubs and competitions has been developed and maintained in excellent form. Athletes, who had passed through them, regularly replenished the national teams and brought medals from Olympic Games and World Championships.
For a long time, rowing in the United Kingdom developed as an aristocratic sport with an accent on the amateur status of athletes. It was and remains indispensable element of education in the privileged private schools and top universities. At the same time, the traditions of rowing clubs have always been very honest, friendly, genuinely democratic by nature, that allows rowing to keep a truly nationwide love and recognition.
The Rowing Federation of Great Britain (British Rowing, previously - ARA, Amateur Rowing Association) was established in 1882. In 1886, general rules of regattas were prepared and issued by the association. The most famous rowing clubs are London Rowing club, Thames rowing club, Oxford University Boat club, Cambridge University Boat club.
Having started with the bronze medal of Ash St. George in the single scull at the Olympic Games in Paris in 1900, the UK, to date, has won 24 gold, 20 silver and 10 bronze Olympic medals. Traditionally, cultivating mainly swing rowing, the British have achieved the greatest success in the class of eight (three golds at Olympic Games), coxless pair (6) and coxless four (7, including winning the last three Olympics). Today, the UK is one of the most powerful rowing schools with excellent selection and methods of training of elite athletes, and strong foundation in the form of mass amateur sport. Having won the team competition at the Games in Beijing, the British seriously expect to further strengthen their supremacy in rowing at the London 2012 Olympics.
Association of amateur rowing actively collaborates with Leander Club and other British clubs (Upper Thames, Maidenhead, and others), British Rowing, Oxford and Cambridge universities, using their expertise for the development of rowing in our country.