Olympians - and beautiful autumn sunshine - made a perfect day for the official opening of Marlow Watersports Hub, the new home of Marlow Rowing Club 

Saturday 19th September 2015 was an emotional day for many at Marlow Rowing Club as the new £2.5m building was officially opened by Club President Sir Steve Redgrave and international rowing coach Mike Spracklen who were joined at the opening by fellow Olympians Katherine Grainger, Zac Purchase and Naomi Riches.

The strength of feeling was palpable - with the new building arising literally from the ashes of the devastating fire in 2011, which destroyed 60 boats and some of the club's treasured memorabilia.
Speaking about his earlier rowing career and growing up in Marlow, Sir Steve said that he never dreamed he would become President of his old rowing club. He added: “The support I got from the club was amazing and we wanted to give so many more young people what I have had. We have managed to expand and more people have joined since the club house was destroyed, which is thanks to the great people that serve the club.

“I am so proud of the club and what we have done to get here now. I am sure it will serve the community for years to come.”

Maidenhead MP and Home Secretary, Theresa May also attended. Mrs May said: “I am sure that this club will go from strength to strength and I wish you all the very best in your future and all the very best to those that come here at any age, rowing on the river and seeing their talents develop.” 

On Sunday 20th September, the day after the opening, the public were invited to have a look at the club and enjoy rowing 'taster' sessions.