Sad news of the death of Christopher Davidge


It is with great sadness that British Rowing reports the death of one of its great oarsmen and servants of the sport on Monday 22nd December, aged 85 years.

Christopher Guy Vere Davidge served rowing in many different roles that included his appointment as Chairman of the Regattas Commission for world rowing’s governing body, FISA, Vice presidency of the British Olympic Association, Chef de Mission of the British team at the Montreal Olympic Games, and Steward of Henley Royal Regatta.  He was awarded the Medal of Honour for his outstanding service to the sport in 1973.

For almost fifty years, Christopher Davidge was a member of the national governing body’s Council where he served as the appointed member for Leander Club, as President of the Amateur Rowing Association from 1977 to 1985, when he was appointed an Honorary Life Vice President, a position that he was to hold for thirty years.  

Below is a profile of Christopher Davidge, written by Mike Rowbottom for Rowing & Regatta in 2011.  During his rowing career he competed at three Olympic Games and won nine Henley medals.  

Our thoughts are with his family and his very many friends in rowing at this time.  

Portrait by Gerard Brown