Andy Holmes MBE

It is very sad to report the death of Andy Holmes MBE on 24 October 2010  aged 51.

Andy Holmes SeoulAndy rowed at Kingston in the early 80’s before going  on to win two Olympic Gold medals: Coxed Fours at Los Angeles in 1984 with Richard Budgett, Martin Cross and Steve Redgrave with cox Adrian Ellison;  and then in Coxless Pairs at Seoul in 1988 with Steve Redgrave (where they also doubled up to win a Bronze in Coxed Pairs).

 

Winning Final Prince Phillip 1983

Prior to winning his three Olympic medals Andy raced at Kingston, winning the Prince Philip at Henley twice; once in 1981 with James Suenson-Taylor, Peter Hope and Paul Reynolds, with cox Mark Warner (which went on to be 5th at the World Championships);  and again in 1983 with Paul Wensley, Farrell Mossop and  Chris Jones, with cox David Nelson. (pictured).

 

He also won the Grand at Henley in the GB squad in 1982, and the Grand again in 1986 with Nautilus, as well as the Goblets with Steve Redgrave.

Receiving Medals at Notts International 1983

Those who rowed with him will remember his enormous commitment to his rowing at Kingston,  and  his huge strength and driven determination whilst in the boat. Andy was right at the forefront of the resurgence of British rowing, but off the water he was a modest person, excepting his penchant for enormous American cars,   and always willing to lend a hand to help out.

Early in October he contracted Leptospirosis, also known as Weil's disease.  Andy had retired from rowing soon after the Seoul Olympics and only recently came back to rowing in the last couple of years, so it is doubly tragic to be hit by such an illness.

Our condolences go to all his family. He is survived by his first wife, Pam, and their four children and also by his second wife, Gabrielle and their baby daughter Parker, only just born September 22 this year.

 

AH at 7 in KRC 8 at Walton National Sprint Champions 1981

The Eight is at Walton competing in the Whitbread Sprint in which Kingston later won the final at the National Championships to get a cash prize for the club.

Stroke Chris Jones, 7 Andy Holmes, 6 Boysie, 5 Farrell Mossop, 4 James Suenson Taylor, 3 Hugh Chamberlain, 2 Jon Tompkins, Bow Simon Leifer, Cox Nicky Kapicka  (Peter Hope came in later instead of Simon Leifer for the National Championships.)

 

 

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