Furnival Sculling Club

Furnivall Sculling ClubRowing club based in Hammersmith, London. Established 1896

Andy Holmes MBE (1959-2010)

Furnivall was very fortunate to have double Olympic gold medal champion Andy Holmes serve as the head coach of the women's squad for just over three seasons, until his untimely and very unfortunate passing in October 2010 at the age of 51.

Under his command, Furnivall women were Henley women 4+ elite & national champions, Henley women's intermediate 8+ finalists, bronze medalists 8+ at national championship and finalist in a composite 8+ at Henley Royal Regatta.

More importantly, however, Andy taught beginners how to row and scull and was a constant supporter of the club. He did everything from painting the weights room to repairing boats, and enjoyed a laugh with members. He is greatly missed.

There was a Memorial Row for Andy at Henley Royal Regatta in 2011.

Andy rowed with Sir Steve Redgrave in the 1984 Los Angeles and 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. He was a gold medalist in the Men's Coxed Fours in 1984 and in the Men's Coxless Pairs in 1988, when he also took bronze in the coxed pair.

Some of Andy's inspiring races are on YouTube

Los Angeles 1984 Olympics - Men’s Coxed Fours

Seoul 1988 Olympics - Men’s Coxless Pairs

Seoul 1988 Olympics - Men’s Coxed Pairs

World Rowing Championships, Nottingham 1986 - Men's Coxed Pairs

Read more about Andy

Andy Holmes Wikipedia page

Andy Holmes Telegraph obituary

Andy Holmes Guardian obituary

Andy Holmes Independent obituary

BBC Weather for W6

British Rowing

World Rowing