Date : 19 Nov 2018
Lausanne, Switzerland, November 19, 2018: The World Rowing Federation (FISA) and Filippi Boats have announced the finalists for the 2018 Filippi Spirit Award. The award honours university student rowers recognising their commitment to World Rowing’s core values.
Nominations came from around the world and have been narrowed down to a shortlist of four with four regions of the world being represented and four areas of study – psychology, engineering, medicine and business.
The 2018 Filippi Spirit Award finalists are (in alphabetical order):
James Francis (United States)
Wilson Mure (Australia)
Nikola Potparevic (Serbia)
Amidu Silva (Sri Lanka)
Amidu Silva is a chemical engineering student at the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka. He has won both academic awards and rowing awards and most recently competed in the 2018 World University Championships. Silva is a mentor to other rowers and is captain of the rowing crew.
The winner’s university rowing club will receive a custom-built, top-of-the-range Filippi eight racing shell. The boat recognises the winner’s involvement in the club and helps the club to develop more young rowers in the future.
The winner will be announced at the World Rowing Awards ceremony which takes place on November 23 in Berlin as part of the 2018 World Rowing Coaches Conference.
Now in its sixth year the Filippi Spirit Award is the only international award that recognises university student rowers. It is open to university rowers worldwide and honours those who have demonstrated the core values of rowing in his/her social, academic and sporting life. It shows that the student, through these values, has enabled or inspired success in other people’s lives.
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