Tim Grossey was recognised for his volunteer work with Milton Keynes Rowing Club on Thursday night.
The popular captain was presented with the Regional Volunteer Award when the club hosted a British Rowing meeting at Caldecotte Lake Watersports Centre.
The CEO of British Rowing, Kate Burt, presented Grossey with the award (pictured) in recognition of his hard work in leading the club to national success in the last few years.
Grossey says he has helped change the perception of the club since joining in 2009, but paid tribute to his club-mates who have helped put Milton Keynes firmly on the regional rowing map.
Indeed the club’s growing reputation in the area has led to hundreds of enquires from would-be rowers inspired by Team GB’s success at London 2012, and Milton Keynes have recently received funding to buy three new training boats to help cater for the interest.
Grossey said: “The club has been around since 1995, but it’s only in the last few years that we’ve seen a huge increase in rowers that we’re sending to national competitions, with plenty of medal success.
“The ladies’ crews have been leading the way and we’ve helped to change the image of the club. Others in the area thought of Milton Keynes as just a small club before, but now we’re taking them on and beating them.
“I’m not really sure what I’ve done to get the award, but obviously those who nominated me have an idea. I give up a lot of my time for the club, helping to get people out and offering direction.
“We now have around 250 people on the database waiting to get involved and we’re trying to do what we can to cater for people interested in getting into rowing.”