Gig website wins national award

Celebrating winning a national award for are (l-r) Celia Carruthers, Jeremy Stonehouse, Jowan Rogers, Ryan Watts and Toby Budd

A Cornish gig rowing website has been presented with an award of recognition from British Rowing, the sports national body, at a special ceremony in London.

The website,, founded by local rowers Toby Budd and Jeremy Stonehouse, was set up to promote the sport and help keep the pilot gig community up to date with news, results and reports.

Jeremy Stonehouse said: “It was great to get the award as we had no idea we were even nominated.

“Although we went to collect the award it is shared between the GigRower team of volunteers that keep the site up to date.

“I would personally like to thank local rowers Ryan Watts, Celia Carruthers, Jowan Rogers and Tommy Tonkins, whose help in uploading the 500 posts we get per year, helps make the site such a success.”

Toby Budd  added: “When we set up the site we had no idea how popular it was going to become.

“We used a blogging platform called WordPress to build the site and within a year we had hundreds of rowers a day checking the site for all the latest news and results.”