Club’s new boat named in tribute to passionate Norwich oarsman Alistair Sursham

Jon Frary of the Broadland Boat Club unveils the name of the new boat, named after founder Alistair

Jon Frary of the Broadland Boat Club unveils the name of the new boat, named after founder Alistair Sursham. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: copyright: Archant 2013

A lasting tribute has been paid to a passionate Norwich oarsman who died earlier this year.

Members of the three rowing clubs with which Alistair Sursham was involved, pictured with Broadland

Members of the three rowing clubs with which Alistair Sursham was involved, pictured with Broadland Boat Club's new boat named after their founder. From left, Jon Frary, Lyn Powley, and Lou Bosworth from Broadland Boat Club; Caterina Landstrom from the Yare Rowing Club; and Robert Weston and Guy Gibson from Norwich Rowing club. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: copyright: Archant 2013

Alistair Sursham was a founder member of Broadland Boat Club in 2009 and was also a member of Yare Boat Club and Norwich Rowing Club.

Mr Sursham was a solicitor, retiring from his role as finance partner at Cozens-Hardy & Jewson two years ago. He passed away in September, aged 57.

On Sunday a new heavyweight coxed-four boat was named after Mr Sursham at Broadland Boat Club in Thorpe St Andrew.

Club secretary Lynn Powley explained that the boat had been purchased following a sponsored rowing machine event in February, which raised £5,000 towards the £10,000 boat.


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'It's the first boat we've been able to buy post-Olympic surge, which has meant we needed new equipment,' said Ms Powley. 'It was a lovely ceremony. I'd only known Ali a couple of years but he was somebody who had been rowing on local rivers for 40 years.'

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