KRC held a boat naming event at Canbury Boathouse on Sunday 10 April, to name three new boats. We had a number of distinguished guests – the deputy mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Councillor Geoff Austin; the deputy mayoress, Sheila Austin; Annamarie Phelps, chairman of British Rowing; Councillors Hugh Scantlebury, David Cunningham and Maria Netley; John Parrish, chairman of Canbury and Riverside Association – and Jacquie and Rod Payne, parents of Giselle.
Our president, Peter King, was frustrated on his long journey from Essex by an M25 closure and our chairman, Mike Bate, stepped in to conduct the affairs of the day. The deputy mayor congratulated the club on the great contribution that KRC makes to the Royal Borough and Annamarie Phelps spoke inspirationally on the unique nature of rowing and how it forms peoples lives – better than any other sport! Next we had the Jack Petchey awards – the deputy mayor presented a leadership award to Chris 'Foxy' Fox and Annamarie presented a range of Petchey awards to ten members of our junior squad
We named three Boats:
The new eight was named Giselle after Giselle Cowie (née Payne) who died at the tragically young age of 43 in September last year from cancer. Ian South, who coached Giselle in the 1980s, brought her memory to life and then Rod and Jacquie spoke emotionally of the their daughter. The naming was by Giselle’s husband, Jamie, and Giselle’s children, Will, Ollie and Jess. Also present with their families were Giselle’s sisters, Georgina and Gabrielle, both former KRC rowers.
A new four was named Foxy, after Chris Fox, a much loved member of the junior coaching team. Chris launched the successful grant application to Sport England which allowed the purchase of the boat. Chris Griffiths spoke fondly of Foxy who then poured the champagne and named the boat.
Last but not least, the new pair was named after ‘club treasure’ David Ford, universally known as Dinsdale – so that is the name of the boat! Mike Bate emphasised the unrelenting work that Dinsdale does behind the scenes to keep Canbury Boathouse going. David then poured the champagne and named the boat. A crew made up of all squads at the club took 'Giselle' out for a row after the naming (pictured below), whilst senior men James Marsden and Hal Bedford-Payne took the pair for a row.
Thank you to Dermod Sweeney for organising the event and to all who attended - it was a great occasion!