Ian Godman - Past President of Tees Rowing Club - a tribute.

Ian Barr Godman, who has died at the age of 63, became involved with the sport of rowing after going up to Trinity College Cambridge where he joined First and Third Trinity Boat Club. In 1973 he coxed them to victory in The Head of the Cam and in the same year enjoyed his "15 minutes of fame" when he featured in the BBC Man Alive programme "Jolly Boating Weather". This contrasted the Henley Royal Regatta preparations of First and Third Trinity with those of Thames Tradesmen. Broadcast on 5th December 1973 (and now on YouTube) Ian can be seen getting his coxing weight down by shovelling hops in a vat at the local brewery.

Having graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering, he obtained a position at ICI Billingham and joined Tees Rowing Club. As well as rowing and sculling he did a considerable amount of coaching for Tees, particularly of the Juniors, and obtained his ARA Bronze Coaching Award. On his annual visits to Henley he also coached his former college crews. He was a Tees Vice Captain, Regatta Secretary and, from 2000 to 2003, Club President.

In the late 1980s Ian moved to SimSci in the north west of England where he joined Northwich Rowing Club and continued coaching. The early 1990s found him in the USA working for SimSci and coaching in Fullerton, California. On returning to the UK and Tees RC he set up his own Computing Consultancy, Sondes Engineering (named after the family home in Kent).

During a business trip to Belgium some years ago he suffered a serious health problem and, on his own admission, would probably not have survived had one of the country's leading cardiologists not just happened to be at the hospital to which he was admitted. Life after that was a little more reserved but included more coaching and being a lead player in the development of the computer code via which computerised timing was introduced to Tees Long Distance Sculls.

Ian was a private man and generous to a fault particularly with all things Tees R C. Not only did he give of his time but also his provision of matching funds enabled the club to buy two double sculling boats for the club juniors with the aid of Sports Match. On the non rowing side he hated gardening, considered Betamax superior to VHS video players (and had both) and made excellent curry soup. Musically he enjoyed Meatloaf, Pink Floyd, Emerson Lake and Palmer and Rick Wakeman - all played very loud no doubt while wearing his infamous brown socks and open soled sandals.

Chris Kenyon - Past President Tees RC.