Supporting Coleraine rowers: past, present and future


Posted Thursday 4th April 2024

Mini-reunion of the class of '74/'81

Last weekend saw an impromptu and unofficial reunion of three members of the squad of '74/'81

Alan Wilson and Alan Anderson were both coxes, while Stephen Peden (who was technically a year below) rowed and sculled with the squad.

Alan W made contact following the recent boat namings (of the "Steen Anderson" and "Sidney Grey"). Last weekend he was visiting from England and Alan A (COBRA Treasurer and volunteer coach) agreed to show him round the new boathouse, with Stephen. A quick trip up the river brought back memories from 40+ years ago. Then a visit to the school museum and its photographs and memorabilia brought back some more memories.

Although both Alans started as coxes, Alan W was the lighter and better (being awarded a green vest for representing Ireland in the 1978 Home Internationals). Alan A switched to rowing in his final years and competed in the double scull with Stephen.

Having missed a 40th reunion opportunity due to Covid, a 45th full crew reunion was mooted for '26......

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