It was announced this week that Fermanagh rower Holly Nixon has been appointed as a vice captain of Leander Club, the "most successful rowing club in the world".

The former Portora Boat Club rower, who has been a member of Leander Club, which is based in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire for a number of years, commented that she is "excited" to take on her new role at the club over the next 12 months.

Speaking to The Impartial Reporter, she said: "The role of vice captain is a great honour considering Leander is one of the most prestigious clubs in the world for rowing. I spent a few months at the club training when I was coming back from illness this season and the support and close knit environment really helped me through a tough time. I am excited to take on this role over the next 12 months."

Mark Banks, Director of Rowing/Chief Coach at Leander Club commented on Holly's appointment as a vice captain of the club. Calling Holly an "incredibly talented rower", he said: "I can confirm Holly has been appointed as a vice captain of the most successful rowing club in the world. Holly is an incredibly talented rower and has many successes to her name. Her stand out credentials is her ability to inspire her team mates and to keep going to fulfil her own goals inspire of an incredible medical condition she has had to deal with over the last three years."

"She is a great asset to this club and the recognition is well deserved," Mark told this newspaper.

Jack Beaumont, the brother of Alliance representative for Fermanagh and South Tyrone Matt Beaumont, was announced as the new captain of Leander Club or 2020, taking over the position from Olympic Great British rower Vicky Thornley.