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Wednesday, November 3, 2010
The Poet Mike Spracklen
Today on FISA’s web site is an interview with famous coach Mike Spracklen, who at 74 is still going strong. Spracklen once coached Sir Steve Redgrave and they are both from Marlow, a town just a few miles from Henley-on-Thames. Spracklen is at the World Championships as the coach for the Canadian men’s eight. In 1992 and 2008, his Canadian eights became Olympic Champions. In these crews’ honour, Spracklen compose two poems, as not only has he great rowing coach skills, he also shines as a versifier. To read the FISA article, click here.
Here are the two poems, read by Spracklen himself:
‘Hear the Boat Sing’ (HTBS) was founded in 2009 by Göran R Buckhorn, a Swede living in Connecticut, a magazine editor, culture scribe and a rowing historian. In 1990, Göran co-founded the Swedish rowing magazine, “Svensk Rodd”, for which he is now a contributing editor. He has written numerous articles on rowing, and is one of the Directors of Friends of Rowing History and a member of BARJ, the British Association of Rowing Journalists. Regular contributors to HTBS are: rowing historians Tim Koch and Greg Denieffe, both in England; Hélène Rémond, France; and Philip Kuepper, Connecticut. Besides writing articles on The Boat Race, the Henley Royal Regatta, the Wingfield Sculls, and the Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race, Tim has made some rowing documentaries. He is also a Director of the Friends of Rowing History and a member of BARJ. Greg is an Irishman who specializes on Irish rowing. Some of his finest pieces are on HTBS. Hélène, who wrote her thesis on British rowing, has covered The Boat Race and the Henley Regatta for French papers and HTBS, also shooting beautiful photos for this blog. Philip’s poems on rowing have topics about everything between the daily life and the divine.