Meet the Club

This is where we introduce various club members to you so you can get to know them better. This time round we've interviewed Dave Upwood, the club's treasurer.

What do you do in daily life?
I am retired now. All my time is taken up by fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support, playing golf and doing the rowing club's accounts.

How did you get involved as treasurer for the club?
I saw the article in the Hastings Observer last year about the looming closure of the club if no committee was found. As I had so many good years at the club, I thought it would be a shame if rowing was no longer available to young people in the town.

When will members hear from you?
Probably unfortunately when they owe subs, or once a year when the club's accounts are published.

When did you row?
I rowed from 1964 through to 1972. We were fortunate the keep the same four for all of that time: me at stroke, Graham Baker in 3, Tony Leason in 2 and Roger Lewis in bow, and I rowed a pair with Graham. We were runners up for CARA in 1968 with the junior/ senior four. With Graham I won a few pair races at junior, junior/ senior, and senior level.
I was lucky to be captain of the club in 1968 our centenary year.

Is there life after rowing?
There is. However everytime I drive along the seafront and see a calm sea, there is only one place where I would like to be.

What is your tip for winning a race?
Be as fit as you can and remember there is no 'I' in a team, you MUST row as one and look good from the beach.