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In Fond Memory of Peter Todd

Peter Todd was a founding member of City of Sheffield Rowing Club. In 1968 Peter played an active part in the club’s beginnings, rowing initially on the canal at Tinsley before the club moved to join with the University at Damflask Reservoir.

Peter was immensely proud of being in the crew which won the club’s first trophy, the renowned Kettering Jewel. He rowed in crews at all levels from Novice to Elite until he left the club in 2010.

His best competitive year was 1977 when his Veteran IV went unbeaten winning 14 times including an inaugural Veteran gold medal at the UK National Championships and a gold medal at the FISA World

Veteran (Masters) Championships in Amsterdam. He won a second FISA gold medal in 1986 at Nottingham.

Off the water Peter was a driving force in building up the Club. He held all official positions over the years, from committee member to President. He was especially active in the building of the new boathouse (still actively used today) and, as such, was a trustee of DFRC (Damflask Rowing Centre).

As a man of many talents, he will always be fondly remembered for leading the singing of songs (not repeatable today) at many pea and pie suppers at The Plough, located in Low Bradfield. City of Sheffield members still make frequent visits to The Plough today, to socialise and catch up after outings.

It is true that City of Sheffield Rowing Club would not be as successful as it is today without the sustained efforts of Peter over the years, both on and off the water. 

A group of City of Sheffield members recently attended Peter’s funeral, wearing Sheffield Rowing Club blazers in his honour.

The funeral was a touching tribute to Peter, and the club is honoured to have been a part of this incredible man’s life.

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