Tideway Scullers School

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Tideway Scullers School
Boathouse by Chiswick Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 1227651.jpg
Image showing the rowing club's blade colours
LocationChiswick, England
Coordinates51°28′24″N 0°16′6″W / 51.47333°N 0.26833°W / 51.47333; -0.26833 (Tideway Scullers School)Coordinates: 51°28′24″N 0°16′6″W / 51.47333°N 0.26833°W / 51.47333; -0.26833 (Tideway Scullers School)
Home waterTideway
Foundedc.1957
AffiliationsBritish Rowing
boat code - TSS
Websitewww.tidewayscullers.co.uk
Distinctions
Current champions at HOR4s
Notable members
Mahé Drysdale, Alan Campbell, Tim Male, Mike Hennessy, Kate Grose, Richard Budgett, Bill Barry, Pauline Bird, Natasha Howard

Tideway Scullers School is a rowing club on the Tideway of the River Thames next to Chiswick Bridge in Chiswick, London.[1]

The club previously held the headship for the Head of the River Race (2009), the largest UK eights event, and the senior squad holds the record for the Head of the River Fours course.[2]

History[edit]

Alec Hodges was a founder member and an organiser of Tideway Scullers School in approximately 1957, filling all offices of the club at one time or another over the years. He was the driving force behind getting the TSS boathouse built in 1984, along with Lou Barry and Cyril Bishop.[3]

Hodges was among early coaches to have coached the school's (club's) crews to wins at Henley and he took new scullers, from the youngest to the oldest, under his wing, sorting out or lending them boats so they could enjoy the sport he loved. Even when well in his seventies he would take three or four scullers out, one after another, setting them on the road to sculling. He organised sculling courses every year, twisting the arms of many people to help, and these courses were the start of many successful sculling careers, including world champion Debbie Flood.[3]

The club is believed to be the only non-academic related club named 'School' for sculling, which is the propelling of boats with starboard and port oars for each oarsman or oarswoman. Rowing has also been conducted from the site directly east of Chiswick Bridge from the outset.

Olympic members[edit]

Five members of Tideway Scullers qualified for A-finals rowing at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, including the three-time single scull world champion Mahé Drysdale, and the 2006 World Cup winner Alan Campbell. Drysdale won the bronze medal in the single scull event. In the London 2012 Olympics, in x1 Mahé Drysdale won gold, Alan Campbell taking home bronze.

Honours[edit]

Recent British champions[edit]

Year Winning crew/s
2012 Open J18 1x, Open J15 1x, Open J15 2x [4]
2013 Open J16 4x [5]
2014 Open J18 2-, Open J15 1x, Women J16 1x[6]
2016 Open J16 2-, Open J15 4x+ [7]
2017 Open J18 1x, Open J18 2- [8]
2018 Open J15 4x+ [9]
2019 Open J16 4x, Women J15 1x [10]

Honours[edit]

Henley Royal Regatta[edit]

Year Races won
1964 Stewards' Challenge Cup
1967 Wyfold Challenge Cup
1968 Double Sculls Challenge Cup, Prince Philip Challenge Cup
1971 Grand Challenge Cup, Silver Goblets & Nickalls' Challenge Cup
1976 Britannia Challenge Cup
1977 Britannia Challenge Cup
1984 Britannia Challenge Cup
1985 Prince Philip Challenge Cup
1986 Queen Mother Challenge Cup
1988 Double Sculls Challenge Cup, Thames Challenge Cup
1991 Queen Mother Challenge Cup
1993 Queen Mother Challenge Cup
2000 Princess Royal Challenge Cup
2003 Diamond Challenge Sculls
2004 Fawley Challenge Cup
2007 Diamond Challenge Sculls
2010 Britannia Challenge Cup
2011 Diamond Challenge Sculls

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Club details". British Rowing.
  2. ^ Head of the River Fours Results
  3. ^ a b Tributes to late founder Archived 2014-11-29 at the Wayback Machine 21 November 2007 Dr I. Kilbane-Dawe. Tideway Scullers School
  4. ^ "British Rowing Champions 2012 declared". British Rowing.
  5. ^ "BRITISH ROWING JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013". Web Archive.
  6. ^ "Juniors defy weather to flourish at Brit Champs". British Rowing.
  7. ^ "2016 British Rowing Junior Championships results" (PDF). British Rowing.
  8. ^ "2017 British Rowing Junior Championships results" (PDF). British Rowing.
  9. ^ "2018 British Rowing Junior Championships results" (PDF). British Rowing.
  10. ^ "Thrills and spills at the 2019 British Rowing Junior Championships". British Rowing.
  • British Rowing Almanack - All years