Calvin Tarczy nominated for SportsAid award for second year
Calvin Tarczy is one of ten nominees for the annual SportsAid One-to-Watch Award, selected from around 1,000 rising British stars supported by SportsAid across more than 60 sports. This will be the second year in a row the 18-year-old Londoner has been nominated for the award which was won by Holly Dunford of Molesey Rowing Club last year.
Currently studying and rowing at Harvard, Tarzy caused consternation when he won Scullers Head beating Jamie Kirkwood by 21 seconds. Later in the season Tarzy chalked up a triple crown with St Paul’s School winning the Schools Head of the River, National Schools Regatta and Henley Royal Regatta. He also won gold in the men’s coxless four at the World Rowing Junior Championships (WRJChamps) for the second year running.
SportsAid’s One-to-Watch Award was launched in 2006 with double Olympic medallist and diving world champion Tom Daley the inaugural winner. Dame Katherine Grainger, Britain’s most decorated female Olympian, and five-time Paralympic champion Natasha Baker are among the panel of judges.
“To be selected again is even more special knowing that it was selected by the sport governing body, and knowing that two years in a row they think I’m one to watch, that’s really nice,” said Tarzy. “That just gives me a huge amount of confidence that this is really something to go for. The stars aligned, because for a lot of the events we did the conditions were perfect for breaking records.”
“We got to the competition (WRJChamps) and went through our heat quite easily. Again, we had really good conditions and our coach told us to go as hard as we can in the semi-final, and we managed to take 11 seconds off the world record.”
Tarczy now has a relentless schedule of university rowing ahead of him at Harvard but will return home in the summer to link back up with the GB setup ready for what promises to a busy summer on the water. SportsAid, who offer funding and recognition to young athletes like Tarzy, has proved invaluable. “It’s been so helpful having access to the SportsAid funding, because rowing’s a really expensive sport,” said Tarczy – who receives his SportsAid support from GLL Sports Foundation.
“There is the cost of going to trials first of all – and after that you have the cost of going to the worlds – so having the SportsAid funding has essentially paid for my ticket to the worlds. “It was so useful for me and my family knowing that we didn’t have to worry about that – we could put money towards university or paying for competitions, but I knew that if I got selected that was covered.”
The winner of SportsAid’s prestigious One-to-Watch Award will be revealed at the charity’s annual SportsBall, sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada, in London on Thursday 15 November. Please visit www.sportsaid.org.uk for further information.