>>> Looking at the picture, there is a name of GH Page. Could this be
>>> Goeffrey Page? I know that he did a lot of coaching at Thames in the
>>> 70's / 80's. I think that his age then would just about fit.
>> It's actually JH 'Freddie' Page, Geoffrey's father. He's the chap in
>> the middle of the back row wearing a blue blazer.
>> Freddie was a Captain of Thames and later Vice President. I think I'm
>> right that he was involved in the admission of women to TRC in 1973
>> (which required the backwoodsmen to be outwitted).
>> He was also secretary (I think) of the ARA and was quite involved in
>> the merger with the NARA which ended the schism caused by different
>> definitions of amateurism.
>> GGH (Geoffrey) Page in his turn was coach and Captain at Thames in the
>> late fifties and early sixties, and was elected President shortly
>> before his death in (from memory) 2003.
Errr - I didn't mean to send that empty message. Nor any other. However:
Freddie Page, assisted by his dog, ran the ARA from a room at Regent's
Park (rented from the now-defunct AAA, IIRC?). It is at least fair to
suggest that Page, who as James indicates achieved a very great deal for
the sport, would have had little time for the present occupants of the
various parallel roles which he once filled.
Meanwhile one wonders who will be found to have dared say boo to a goose
at today's ARA council meeting. note that _still_ the review report
remains unpublished. I wonder what implausible excuses for their
repeated delays the DCMS will be offering this time? So kind of them to
the ARA exec to have withheld publication until after today's council
meeting. Small wonder, given such transparent deviousness, that this
government's rating has sunk so spectacularly low.
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