R.I.P. Peter Burdess

What sad news to hear that Peter Burdess passed away suddenly. Whilst in his 80s Peter was an inspiration to us all. He was as fit and active as anyone could hope to be.

Peter made a huge contribution to rowing in our region as a competitor, coach, volunteer and supporter. His picture appears on many photos on the walls of the Durham ARC Boathouse spanning over many decades. He has been particularly effective in bringing newcomers into rowing.

In 2011 Peter was awarded the British Rowing Volunteer of the Year Award and this is a most fitting way to remember his contribution to our sport.

Update: British Rowing have an article on Peter and I’m told that there will be an article about Peter in the next edition of Rowing & Regatta magazine.