Rowing Club name boat in memory of original member

Members of the SURC past and present celebrate the naming of the new club boatAt a ceremony last weekend (Sunday 24 April 2016) the Sheffield University Rowing Club (SURC) named their new boat in memory of one of the Club’s original members. The new coxless four was named after Dr Peter Cook who passed away in 2014.

Peter studied medicine at Sheffield, graduating in 1970, and went on to practise as a GP in Tickhill near Doncaster. He was also an elected Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. Peter is survived by his widow and fellow alumna Christine, who conducted the naming ceremony, along with his daughter Helen and son James.

Throughout his life Peter retained strong links with the University, and the club he joined during his studies. Several of the founding members of the club were on hand for the ceremony, returning to the club home at the Damflask reservoir. Co-founder David Allen said:


“It was a great pleasure for some of the founding alumni to be received once again by current members of the rowing club who did such a great job of organising the boat naming ceremony. In addition they facilitated an outing for four founding members, with combined ages of 280 years, in the eight named after their late colleague Anton Rich. It was really great to see Damflask reservoir full to the brim again, experience the improving equipment and seeing strong bonds being established by the current members which have the potential to last a lifetime. I am sure that all alumni admire how stoically current members continue to use the basic changing and launching facilities established nearly 50 years ago and hope that these can also be updated within our lifetimes!”

Reg Ellis, another alumnus of the club, also said of Peter:

“He was a great friend full of humour and it is fitting that the club has been able to pay tribute to a long-term supporter.”

In 2015 the Rowing Club was named as the club of the year, an award it has been nominated for again this year, and is fresh off of a series of fantastic wins at this year’s Varsity. Amelia Norman, the Alumni and Publicity Officer for the SURC, expressed her thanks to the alumni whose donations made this new boat possible, and explained what it would mean for the club:

“The funds SURC alumni provided allowed us to purchase an ex-world championship coxless four which will replace our 1980s boat and enable our very able athletes to compete in a boat which enhances their talents. It will also allow us to increase the amount of sculling we can cater for, increasing the scope of the club. We would like to say a huge thank you to the alumni and it is so fitting that we could name it in memory of one!”

The SURC maintains a fantastic relationship with many of their former members, including sharing the rowing club newsletter with alumni of the club. To find out if any of your other old clubs are still going strong why not take a look at the Students’ Union’s list of current clubs and societies.

If you would like to support your old club please take a look at our Donation web pages.

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