With the arrival of the Club's new Hudson VIII, speculation about whom it should be named after was rife. With strong links to our Alumni, there were many names in the mix with various people having invested many hours into helping the club get to where it is today. After many discussions, the Executive Committee and Coaching team agreed the new boat should be named in honour of Terry Monnington.
Terry Monnington, Director of Warwick Sport, has been one of the Club's biggest supporters during his time at Warwick Sport. Terry has gone above and beyond his role to support the Club achieve its goals. Without Terry's backing, it would not have been possible to purchase the new boat. Not only has Terry helped towards this purchase but he was also a key player in securing a new boat house for the Club a few years back. A final factor influencing the decision was due to Terry's retirement at the end of the year. For these reasons, it was deemed appropriate to show our gratitude to Terry for his impact on the club during his time at Warwick.
To mark the occasion the Club held a boat naming ceremony outside the Sports Centre on the University of Warwick Campus. The event was attended by current members, coaches and Warwick Sport staff. After a short speech from the Club President and a message of thanks to the Warwick Sport staff for their support, the name was revealed and Terry was invited to christen the boat with a reduced-price bottle of champagne.
The Club looks forward to many successful years with the Hudson VIII starting with Henley Qualifiers in three weeks time. The boat will carry the Men's 1st VIII down the course as the squad’s quest to qualify two boats continues.
The Club would like to wish Terry all the best for the future and look forward to continuing the Club's strong relationship with whoever is named as Terry's successor.
Images of the event can be found here.
President and Warwick Sport staff (L to R): Chris Primett, Gemma Morris, Terry Monnington, Peter Parker and Chris Sury.
Men's Captains and Coach (L to R): Tom Broomfield, Alex Owen, Chris Young and Chris Primett