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LEANDER NEWS – SPRING 2018

LEANDER NEWS – SPRING 2018

The official newsletter of Leander Club is published twice yearly, in late spring and autumn. Articles, photographs and ideas, as well as news of our Members, are always welcome and should be addressed to: The Newsletter, Leander Club, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire. RG9 2LP

IN THIS EDITION

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TO THE NEXT 200 YEARS

Two hundred years ago when Members of the newly formed Leander Club boated their first crews they were of a generation whose focus was racing for wagers and they used whatever means were available to them to win …

BICENTENARY BOOK LAUNCH

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DUBLIN CELEBRATORY DINNER

‘Given our historical support in Dublin, notably from University College Dublin and Trinity College, I should not have been surprised at the magnificent welcome that awaited us at the first of our dinners around the globe celebrating Leander’s bicentenary. The sight of the three magnificent Cork Trophies re-united in the presence of so many members and guests is one that I shall never forget …

SYDNEY CELEBRATORY DINNER

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JEREMY RANDALL

The first Member ever to hold all the Offices at the Club and after 45 years of commitment to the Club ’Rass’ will step down as President in the Autumn. We ask him about his time at the Club and what he will do next …

MEN’S EIGHTS HEAD BRINGS A SURPRISE DRAW, THE FIRST SINCE 1927

What was disappointing about the Lions tour to New Zealand last summer? There was no winner! Some may view it as there being two winners but as athletes we view it rather more pessimistically: no winner …

WOMEN’S EIGHTS HEAD

The Thames served up decent conditions for the Women’s Head of the River. The Club were able to boat two very competitive eights. Leander A were looking to defend their title and contained six Caversham-based and two club based athletes …

KAREN BENNETT AND JAMES JOHNSTON EXPLAIN HOW THE CLUB HAS HELPED THEM ACHIEVE ROWING SUCCESS

Recruiting athletes of the correct standard is key to any successful rowing programme and Leander Club is no exception as it’s fundamental to us continuing our reputation as the world’s premier rowing club …

LEANDER ROWING ACADEMY 15 YEARS ON – “A SUCCESS STORY”

Leander has had a strong and successful tradition of developing rowers to GB World and Olympic teams. In 1998, the Club recognised that if it was to continue to move forward with its rowing programme, it would be necessary to bring its rowing facilities up to date as it moved into the 21st century …

JUNIORS START THEIR SEASON WITH IMPRESSIVE RESULTS

The Leander Juniors ended the head season with two days of racing at the Schools Head of the River, London, and The National Junior Sculling Head, Dorney Lake. Day 1 saw the Championship quad of Joe Willis, Tim Eilers, Matthew Peters and Joe Murphy win a Bronze medal over the same course their senior counterparts raced over the weekend. Ben Smeeton came in for Joe Murphy at Dorney Lake and the crew picked up their second bronze medal of the week in J18 quads …

STRONG PERFORMANCES AT BOSTON TRIALS IN FEBRUARY

Leander athletes were on top form at February’s GB Trials in Boston, where everyone was keen to impress the selectors despite the worst weather conditions of the season …

MEET THE NEW CLUB CAPTAIN VICKY THORNLEY, OLYMPIC AND WORLD SILVER MEDALLIST

Champion sculler Vicky Thornley has been elected captain of Leander, to become only the second woman to hold the position in the 200-year history of the Club …

LOOKING AFTER OUR ATHLETES – LEADING THE WAY IN SCREENING FOR POTENTIAL HEART PROBLEMS

With the help of consultant cardiologist Dr Will Orr, the programme is now in its second year, and has provided reassurance to athletes and coaches as they embark on Leander’s rigorous training programme …

BANYOLES IN SPAIN PROVIDES A BREAK FROM JANUARY WEATHER AND THE CHANCE TO RACK UP THE MILES

Following hard training and many miles covered on the ergo over the Christmas break, a two week water camp in the middle of January in the Spanish town of Banyoles was a welcome change of scene and climate for all of us …

WELCOME TO ALI BROWN-  THE CLUB’S NEW HIGH PERFORMANCE COACH AND RECRUITMENT COACH

Ali Brown moved to Henley to join Leander Club as a junior rower at the age of 16. He became the Club’s first ever Junior World Medallist, before switching to lightweight rowing where he sculled and rowed internationally at U23s and senior level …

LIFE AFTER ROWING – MARK PILKINGTON EXPLAINS WHAT WE ARE DOING TO HELP

Our athletes often find themselves competing for jobs against other applicants with several years’ experience and proven track records in their field of work …

CREW REUNION ON 9TH JUNE FOR ALL LEANDER ATHLETES AND COACHES WHO HAVE REPRESENTED THE CLUB AT HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA

On Saturday 9th June the Club will be holding a reunion for all past and present Leander athletes and coaches who have represented the Club at Henley Royal Regatta along with their partners …

LEANDER PINK – A DIFFERENT SHADE OF OPINION

The Oxford English Dictionary lists three meanings associated with the colour “pink” which were in common use in the early 1800s: a) “a light or pale red colour with a slight purple tinge”; also “a pale rose colour”; b) “Scarlet, as worn by fox-hunters”; c) “a yellowish or greenish yellow pigment or ‘lake’ made by mixing…” …

JOIN UP WITH THE BRITISH SUPPORTERS WHO FOLLOW OUR ATHLETES TO MAJOR INTERNATIONAL REGATTAS

At every international regatta, however far from British shores, you will always find an intrepid band of GB supporters who have found their way there in order to cheer on the team …

LEANDER AND KANGHUA: A PERSONAL CONNECTION

My first involvement with Leander Club was in the mid-1970s when, at the age of 19, I was invited to train from the club at weekends as part of a high-performing group of young scullers …

NOTICE OF A GENERAL MEETING – SUNDAY 1 JULY 2018 11.00 AM

LEST WE FORGET

One hundred years ago the Great War still had six months to run, and the tally of Leander men lost in the conflict continued to rise. This month we feature two Leander members who were both born in the north-west and went on to read medicine at Cambridge University before playing their own important part in ‘the war to end all wars’ …

THE LEANDER BICENTENARY BANQUET

London Guildhall Wednesday 10 October 2018 …

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