Joel Cassells was in the spotlight again last week when he was presented with Mark Lees Foundation Award.
The local rower picked up the honour at the GB Rowing Teams’ dinner in London on Friday night.
Cassells and Nicole Lamb picked up the top Under-23 awards on the night.
Alex Gregory and Heather Stanning were named rowing’s “Olympic Athletes of the Year” at the showpiece event.
Cassells won World U23 silver medals in the lightweight four in 2013 and 2014, while still an U20. He has had an outstanding 2015 season, winning World U23 silver in the lightweight quad.
He concluded a very successful season with a gold medal in the lightweight men’s pair with Sam Scrimgeour at the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette.
“Nicole and Joel have had exceptional Under 23 careers and have the class to step onto the senior Olympic pathway as we look towards Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020,” said Sir David Tanner, GB Rowing Team Performance Director.
The annual GB Rowing Teams’ Dinner took place at Twickenham Stadium and was attended by guests from UK Sport, Team GB, Paralympics GB, the world of politics and by partners and funders such as SAS Analytics UK, Science in Sport, the Berkshire Independent Hospital, Muller Wiseman and the charity Guide Dogs amongst others.