Four new paralympic boats at Northampton Rowing Club named after town’s sporting legends

The Northampton Rowing Club has named four new paralympic rowing boats after four Northampton sporting legends including Walter Tull, Edgar Mobbs, Frank Tyson, Chris Davidge
The Northampton Rowing Club has named four new paralympic rowing boats after four Northampton sporting legends including Walter Tull, Edgar Mobbs, Frank Tyson, Chris Davidge

Four new paralympic rowing boats have been officially named after four famous sportsman from Northampton during a ceremony at Nene Whitewater Centre.

As a result of £10,000 funding from Sport England, the Northampton Rowing Club has been able to buy four boats to be used for disabled people.

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The boats have been named after famous Northamptonian sportsman including footballer Walter Tull, rugby player Edgar Mobbs, cricketer Frank Tyson and Chris Davidge, an Olympic rower who died shortly before Christmas.

The naming ceremony, which involved a bottle of champagne being poured on the boat, was attended by Anna-Marie Phelps, chair of British Rowing and a former Olympian as well Mr Davidge’s widow Jill.

Giles Mooney, chairman of Northampton Rowing Club. said: “We were really pleased with the attendance for the naming ceremony.

“It was quite emotional and was a really nice ceremony. Naming a boat is never an easy decision.

“We wanted there to be a theme and we thought the sporting greats of the past could inspire some sporting greats of the future.”