THE grandson of Olympic rowing gold medallist Richard “Dickie” Burnell did not inherit a talent for the sport.
Piers Burnell, from Remenham, tells me that he went to school in Pangbourne in order to row.
But he adds: “I won a few things but I was c*** at it. My grandfather came and supported me a lot though.”
Mr Burnell, a Leander Club member, has paid for defibrillators to be installed at Gillotts School in Henley and the town centre.