We are deeply sad to announce that our much loved friend and coach, David “Stan” Collingwood, has died after a relatively short illness. The following words were written by one of the Masters H Squad he coached, Chris Kenyon, and on Sunday 20th October we were proud to invite his wife, Linda Collingwood, to participate in a boat naming ceremony in Stan's honour. As she said on the day: “David knew this was happening and was very proud – this will be the first and only boat which has ever been named after him.”

The new Wintech heavyweight single named in memory of Stan Collingwood

“Stan” is a heavyweight single scull which has already won its first race in the hands of 27-year old Steven Roe – the Open 1x (Band 1) at Tees Small Boats Head, which was held the same day its namesake passed away. Again, in Linda's words which were inspired by the man himself: “God bless this boat and all who scull in her!”

 

David Stanley Collingwood  

February 1947 - October 2019

An appreciation from Tees Rowing Club...

He was really called David but to all in the rowing world he was “Stan.” He spent most of his life in the west London area. Outside work and family he coached at a number of clubs on the tidal and upper reaches of the Thames, organised and commentated at Regattas and was involved in the creation of the London Docklands Regatta Centre.

Shortly after retirement from work he and Linda moved to North Yorkshire to join family members. It did not take long for the pull of the river to prove as strong as ever and inevitably he soon found himself at Tees Rowing Club.

In the autumn of 2015 those of us in the club’s Men’s Masters G/H squad convinced him that he should be our coach and a happy and successful four seasons followed. To say that his coaching style was somewhat off the wall would be an understatement - as a number of other Tees crews will testify - but we old men thrived on it. In the words of one Tees member “he infected us with his passion”. Over those four seasons he led our squad to 3 wins at World Masters, 4 golds, 3 silvers and 1 bronze at National Masters and a win at Henley Masters together with numerous domestic successes.

During this summer it was clear that he was quite poorly. Despite this he continued help us towards our prime goal of medalling again at this year’s World Masters Regatta in mid September. If he could not be there in person he did it via his inimitable emails which always ended with his Lay Preachers valediction “Blessings, Stan”.

We last saw him the week before we set off for Hungary. He was far from well and so our get together had to be limited to a coaching session in the clubroom comprising cups of tea, cakes, words of exhortation and a lot of laughs. It worked and a few days later we were able to message him with the news of Tees wins in both G and H Quad Sculls.

Recently the club bought a new heavyweight single sculling boat. In line with club practice members were invited to suggest a suitable name for it. Shortly before he died we were able to let Stan know the name that had been chosen. On 20th October, Linda, in accordance with rowing tradition, splashed the fizzy on the bows of “Stan”.

Chris Kenyon

Neil Dunning, President of TRC, starts the proceedings, supported by Tom Hillier, Captain, and Chris Kenyon

Linda names the boat, Stan

Linda christens the boat

Stan’s wife, Linda, addressing the members of Tees Rowing Club at the ceremony held in front of the River Tees Watersports Centre

Chris Kenyon pays tribute to Stan Collingwood

Linda with Tees Rowing Club’s President, Neil Dunning, Captain, Tom Hillier, and World Masters Champion, Chris Kenyon, who was coached by Stan