#NSRmemories What does NSR mean to you?
Sir Steve Redgrave raced at NSR as a J16 in the Sculls Cup in 1979 and the rest they say history.. Steve won gold medals at 5 consecutive Olympic Games from 1984 to 2000. He has also won three Commonwealth Games gold medals and nine World Championship golds. He is the most successful male rower in Olympic history, and the only man to have won gold medals at five Olympic Games in an endurance sport!
Back in the late 1970s, when I was rowing for my school Great Marlow, NSR was the biggest event that we could do. The school did not have enough oarsmen to put an eight into Henley Royal Regatta so NSR was the biggest event of the season. In my day the event was at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham. In 1977, when we competed for the first time, I remember arriving and seeing this spectacular man-made course for rowing. It was quite an amazing sight and very inspirational for a young school boy to be part of such a huge event. I didn't realise this was going to be the start of a big adventure of 2000m racing for me. In later years I was invited back as a prize giver and my visits to Nottingham always bring back memories of those early days of racing at NSR.