HRGC member Simon Walker is rowing the World Pilot Gig Championships this year to raise money for The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Clinical Oncology and Cancer Care Appeal. If you'd like to sponsor Simon, you can donate via his JustGiving page.
"I started rowing Cornish Pilot Gigs with the Helford River Gig Club in 1994, aged 45. I have been fortunate to have raced in all of the senior male categories from Mens A onwards and 13 years later in 2007, the Gig rowing crew who I row with started the SuperVets category at the World Pilot Gig Rowing Championships in the Isles of Scilly. We officially rowed in the Veterans class but unofficially we raced with four other crews as SuperVets, that is all rowers who were over 50 years old. We continued racing annually within the Veterans category but for the SuperVets Trophy against a growing number of SuperVets crews and in 2012 the SuperVets class was accepted as an official group.
In August 2016 I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. I was fortunate that whilst it had spread, it had not got into my glands or bones but what a shock. It was interesting to find out at a meeting with 11 other sufferers, that none of us had been diagnosed in the same way and none of our treatments were the same. Extraordinary!
My rowing crew, keen to keep racing and urge me on to think of other things apart from my troubles, suggested we should start a new category at The World Pilot Gig Rowing Championships at the Isles of Scilly on May 4th 2018 - A "Vintage" category, for all crews over 60 years old. (Some rowers of course will be over 70!)
My treatment is ongoing and I hope it will cease in September 2019. I have had internal and external Radiation and ongoing Hormone treatment. The latter reduces muscle and causes tiredness sometimes making training awkward and difficult. There are other side effects to my treatment which I'd rather not talk about.
Never the less my family and friends have been amazing and as for my rowing mates...well the less said about them, the better! And, we as a crew, just ask that you sponsor me, in my 70th year, to take part in the Championships."
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