In Memoriam - Peter Politzer

We remember Peter Politzer with great fondness and huge gratitude for all that he did for British Junior Rowing, as a school teacher, Rowing Coach and as Chairman of NSR.


Peter and Karin accompanied by Thomas Garnier at a Pangbourne College reunion.

Peter was involved with rowing for most of his life. After graduation from Cambridge University, where he studied history, he became a teacher at Pangbourne College in 1964. It was here that he dedicated many hours to coaching alongside his teaching and role as Deputy Headmaster, retiring in 1996.


Peter was involved with coaching at school, Junior British team and for Oxford University in the 1970's (picture with the Isis 1975 crew). In 1990, Peter was awarded the Amateur Rowing Association Medal of Honour, a tribute to his commitment to rowing at participation and elite levels.


Peter with 1975 Isis Crew


Peter assumed the NSR Chairmanship in 1996, and under his careful stewardship the NSR continued to reflect and encourage the increasing popularity of Junior Rowing. In 2004, after a six year period in which J14 events were withdrawn due to the pressure on the programme, a third day was added to the programme which allowed the readmission of J14s to the Regatta.


Peter was generous with his time, a thoughtful Chairman of the regatta who delighted in seeing junior rowers from all over the UK given an opportunity to enjoy a well run regatta. He will be much missed by colleagues at NSR, coaches and by the young people he coached.


Our thoughts are with his wife Karin, children Martin & Matthew and grandchildren at this time.


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