Sunday, 22 October 2017

Boat named after well known coach

VETERAN coach Ron Needs had the honour of having a boat named after him at the regatta

VETERAN coach Ron Needs had the honour of having a boat named after him at the regatta.

The 90-year-old regatta steward, who lives in Greys Road, Henley, was honoured by the Cambridge University Women?s Boat Club.

He said: ?I coached them for about 10 or 11 years and won nine races out of 10 against Oxford. I am very pleased because I value the time I spent with them.?

Cath Bishop, Cambridge?s chairwoman, said: ?Ron was immensely experienced and he was there at a time when women?s rowing wasn?t really given the support.

?Ron allowed us to develop standards at universities and clubs around the country that enabled us to produce Olympians that were winning medals before we had the Lottery support.

?He did an extraordinary amount for women?s rowing, which now we see at the top level, winning three golds at London 2012. Some of the stuff he did 20 years ago has enabled that to happen.

?He?s very professional, very dedicated and a really generous individual and we?re all really honoured to know him.?

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