The senior element of rowing’s British Championships is to move from its traditional slot at the end of July to October in a plan approved by the British Rowing Council on Saturday.
The event has struggled to retain its prestige of late, with many squads chosing to end their seasons after the Henley regattas. British Rowing hopes to start in style, with 2016 Olympic hopefuls competing for their clubs at the new event just after the Olympics.
However, the move will have an effect on the entire season, which generally begins in mid-September after a break of a few weeks through August, then moves immediately into long-distance racing with the head season.
There has already been lots of discussion on this on Twitter but here’s an opportunity to have your say in more than 140 characters.
Do you think it’s a good idea and do you have a better one?
UPDATE: I’ll try to collate some of the Twitter feedback too, although much of it is in conversation thread so difficult to pick out.
UPDATE: Two senior officers of the British Rowing Championships wrote an article explaining the changes on 19 December, explaining some of the decision-making process, admitting some problems and outlining some of the challenges. Key points include a cap on the number of GB squad members in each club crew and the fact that the move to Dorney Lake is a one-off for 2012.
UPDATE Wednesday 22 February:After reading on the British Championships website that senior events would, in fact, take place in July, I spoke to Fiona Dennis, chairman of the British Rowing competition committee, who confirmed the move but also said a “Diamond Jubilee Rowing Championships” will take place three months later, with the focus on senior events and some changes in format, as a trial for a likely shift to autumn 2013. More in the next Rowing Voice, which will hopefully be out within the week.