Star Club Boat Naming Sunday 17th September 2017.
Boat Naming Ceremony
On Sunday 17th September, three new Junior Squad boats were named. The two singles were purchased with a grant from the Eileen Alexander Legacy Fund and the new quad was generously gifted to us by a private donor.
DCO, a single scull named for David Osgood
David didn’t start his sporting life in rowing, he was a keen rugby player and played at a senior level as well as a keen sailor. In his youth he spent many a summer as a sailing instructor at American summer camps.
He came to rowing a little later in life, but like all he does he put his heart and soul in to making the best of his abilities, he attended his first Banyoles training camp in 2005 as an athlete and have since attended many more as a coach. On camp he is well known for driving the singing bus and giving last night dinner speeches that draw a tear to the eyes of the girls.
Whilst rowing he opted to “take the foot” as people will know this means he was responsible for steering, some might say this was to ensure his inclusion in the boat, but he would tell you it was much more to do with his fantastic sense of direction.
His daughter Erin recalled this amazing sense of direction on training camp a couple of years ago, when on his third lap of the same place he insisted he knew exactly where he was going (round in circles as it turns out).
On a serious note we named this boat for someone who has given many years to the development of junior rowing at the club and we are grateful for all that he continues to give.
Cath Clark, a single scull named for Cath Clark
Cath has worked tirelessly over the years for the club, mainly behind the scenes, she has raised large amounts of money through the raffles she runs every Thursday at club night. Cath is an important member of the team who organises, cooks and serves the dinners on club nights as well as the lunches for the umpires at Star Club events.
Suzanne Sharp, a coxed quad named after Suzanne Sharp
This boat was named after the mother of a junior athlete, Suzanne sadly passed away last year. She was always a very supportive parent, travelling to events to watch her son Ollie and his crew mates racing, as well as attending many social functions. Suzanne was also involved in securing funding for the community coaching program through her work at the Harper Trust, which established the foundations of the program we have today.