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Chris Woodham

St George Rowing Club (NSW)

The following tribute from Ian Toll was published on the Rowing NSW website on Tuesday 30th January 2018.

On January 30, 2018, one of St George Rowing Club's most respected members - Christopher Benjamin WOODHAM - passed away at St George Hospital, Kogarah NSW - after a long and difficult illness.  He was aged 71 years.

Chris was a member of the St George Rowing Club for over 30 years - a Club he joined when his son Ben wanted to learn to row.  From that moment, Chris became hooked on the sport - so much so - that when his son left the Club to pursue his University studies to become a surgeon - Chris continued on with both training, competing & coaching at Como on the Georges River - where the St George Club is based.

By occupation - Chris was a qualified Photogrammetrist - with a degree in Surveying from the UNSW.  He worked most of his life at the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) - now known as the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).

Happily married to Yvonne for 40 years - Chris was so proud of his son Ben - who is now working in the U.K. as a Oncological Surgeon.

He has an impressive record as a rower - representing his club at Masters level for over 25 years.  He has won World, Australian and & State Masters medals competing in all character of boats - from singles to eights.  His great love was rowing at the Head of the Yarra each year in his beloved St George colours!

Chris was indeed a warm & sensitive person who thought first of others; loved his Family dearly; & spent countless hours at his beloved Rowing Club - either training, coaching or helping around the Boatshed.

Chris Woodham contributed to, and in so doing, defined 'the heart & soul' of St George Rowing Club.

He was an exemplar for us all & will be fondly remembered by all his rowing friends.

Ian D. Toll
January 2018

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