Durham rowing Olympian, Jess Eddie, visited the club on the 6th October to launch our newest racing boat, the “Jessica Eddie”, a lightweight Eight named in her honour.
Jess, who attended St.Leonard’s School in Durham and learned to row on the River Wear at age 8, joined Durham ARC as a teenager before being picked for the GB squad when she was just 16. She has since rowed for Great Britain as a Junior, Under 23 and Senior rower, competing in the GB womens’ 8 in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. She most recently finished 4th in the 2013 World Championship.
Before the ceremony, Jess took the opportunity to present the club with a framed shirt that she wore when racing in the 2012 Olympics. There were questions from the crowd as to whether it had been washed, and Jess’s mum confirmed that it had.
After the launch, Jess said “To have this boat with my name on it, is an enormous privilege and I’m delighted to be able to launch her. I’m especially pleased that it will be used by the next generation of junior rowers and I hope that they will enjoy their racing just as much as I have enjoyed mine”
The launch was also attended by the Deputy Mayor of Durham, Councillor Jan Blakey who also expressed an interest in coming down and trying out the boat. Committee take note to follow up!
The “Jessica Eddie”, is the result of a lot of hard work in fund raising by many members in the club over the past year. Many, many thanks to all of them, we hope they now get to fully enjoy the rowing fruit of their labours.