Last year my father, Anthony Brown, passed away. He was an athlete from a very young age and tried his hand at almost any sport - from football, rugby and cricket in his school years to Squash as a young man, and eventually Marathon and Triathlon when he reached his forties. Such was his love of sport that he volunteered as a coach whenever possible, as he loved to pass his enthusiasm and wisdom on to children and adults alike.
He was a huge influence on my life and passed his passion for athleticism on to me. From 6 years old I became involved in swimming and swam competitively at club and county level right up until I started university 18 months ago. During that time, my father was as constant figure of support, from advising on technique to driving me to practice at 4.00am and sitting through endless competition’s, he was always there for me in every conceivable way.
Although my sport of choice has changed, the desire to get wet hasn’t left me and I am now on the University of Sheffiled Rowing team, an honour I’m pleased to say I was able to achieve while my Dad was still with us, making him very proud. Being involved in the rowing club has been by far and away the highlight of my university career. Every person I have met has had a positive impact on me and my University experience and has helped me immeasurably in dealing with my father’s passing.
The Club is now trying to raise funds as we are in dire need of a new fleet of boats. If a group or individual raises £1,000 or more, they have the privilege of naming one of the new boats. I feel this is a perfect opportunity honour my late father, my most fervent supporter, by having one of the new boats named after him. This will help him stay where he always wanted to be; involved in sport and supporting me, as well as other aspiring sportsmen and women. It will also contribute to the continued success and growth of a Club that has become extremely important to me, and hopefully the money raised will enable the club to keep inspiring and helping others for years to come, the way it has me.
So, as our fund raising effort, Myself (Jamie Brown), Dan Tredget, Thomas Aston, Gareth Streeter and Theo Heaton-Davies will be biking from Damflask Reservoir, where we train, to Henley-on-Thames, the location of the last race of our season.
The bike ride will take place from the 17th to the 20th April.
Day one will take us west from Damflask to Astons House in Leek.
Day two, we will head to Birmingham.
Day three takes us to Bedford and Tredge’s home town.
Then finally, on day four, we head to Henley.
Once in Henley, we ditch the bikes, get in the boat row the course of the last race of the season. Hopefully, by the time the season end comes around, we will be rowing that same course in one of the new boats we are trying to raise money for.
You can read about the clubs fundraising efforts on the following link - http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/sheffield-university-rowing-club-fleet-expansion.
If you would like to help by making a donation, please make sure you donate on this (page http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/dam-flask-to-henley-bike-ride-for-anthony-brown?tk=ad73008feff8713e3712d7d554eeceb88e1d6bcf) so we can keep track of the total and know when we have reached or surpassed our goal!!
All donations will be greatly appreciated, so please give whatever you can. This cause means a great deal to myself and my family, not just for the memorial but for the amount of work the club does for its members and the local community. They really deserve some new kit to keep building on this amazing platform that has been put in place.
Thank you for your time
Jamie, Tredge, Aston, Gareth and Theo