Saturday, 23 September 2017

College names boats after Olympic rower and his mum

AN Olympic rower who had a boat named after him said the honour should have gone to his mother.

So when a surprise second boat was unveiled with her name on it, Will Satch was almost reduced to tears.

Shiplake College named an eight after the 24-year-old Leander Club athlete, who used to be a pupil the school, in recognition of his achievements — he won a bronze medal in the coxless pairs at London 2012.

Current students named a pair after his mother Sally, who has coached rowing at the college since 2001, as a thank-you for her support.

The boats, which cost £37,000 and about £10,000 respectively, were unveiled at a sports fund-raising dinner at the college on Saturday.

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