Ted A. Nash, a rower, Olympic champion, coach, revered mentor and buddy inside the Philadelphia rowing neighborhood handed away on July 3, 2021, on the age of 88. From the day he started rowing as a university freshman at Boston College, till he took his remaining stroke on the Schuylkill and supplied nonetheless another phrase of encouragement, it might probably safely be mentioned that nobody cherished rowing and rowers greater than Ted Nash. He participated in eleven (11) Olympic Video games as an athlete or coach, profitable gold (1960) and bronze (1964) as an athlete, then dedicating the remainder of his life to guiding others to podium at each degree of the game. His contributions to American rowing and the lives of its rowers lengthen far past the Schuylkill River and Boathouse Row. However it’s right here, within the birthplace of American rowing, that his life and his persevering with legacy might be remembered and celebrated in a sequence of occasions.
Within the first of a sequence of occasions and actions celebrating Ted, The Pennsylvania Rowing Affiliation (Penn AC), the place Ted was a member and coach for a number of many years, honored him on Wednesday, August 18, an event that was each ceremonial and celebratory. The early-evening row-by during which all boathouses had been invited to take part, was a visible reminder of the huge variety of women and men whose lives he touched. Boats of all sizes handed viewers on the banks of the Schuylkill River, some rowing with an empty seat or hoisting oars within the air to suggest the passing of this rowing large. A celebration adopted on the deck on the Penn AC boathouse that included the sharing of great “Ted” tales by mates, teammates, and college students. Contributors recalled how Ted imparted parent-like recommendation, subjected them to intense coaching regimes and acknowledged wins of everybody on the membership – even highschool rowers, who he could have by no means met – by posting congratulatory indicators with the names of every boatmate on the entrance door of the boathouse.
“Ted cherished rowing, not only for the bodily and technical challenges the game presents, however for the chance it offers an individual to develop into their finest selves on the water and off. He gave me shut to 2 (2) years of teaching and I not solely positioned second on the earth on the World Championships beneath his path, however I additionally carry his classes into each facet of my life as numerous different rowers coached by Ted do,” mentioned Renee Hykel Cuddy, 2008 Olympian and Penn AC Member of the Board of Trustees.
It was introduced that very same night that a big celebration of Ted’s life and legacy might be held on the 51st Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, October 30 & 31, devoted to Ted A. Nash: Rower, Olympian, Coach, Mentor and Good friend.
The weekend occasions will embrace dedicating in perpetuity an HOSR race in his title; commentary by rowers, together with the various Olympians, who rowed with and/or had been coached by Ted over his 70-years within the sport; excursions of the Ted Nash Room at Penn AC, and a Saturday evening reception/dinner celebration. Greater than 250 of Ted’s mates, rowing mates, and rowers he coached from Philadelphia and across the nation are anticipated to attend the occasion on the campus of the College of Pennsylvania the place Ted coached from 1964 -1985.
John Chatzky, a 1980 Olympian who coxed Nash crews at Penn (Class of ’78) from 1975 – 1980, and has remained a life-long buddy, is chairing the Buddies of Ted Nash Committee and is the organizer of the October thirtieth reception. In response to Chatzky “Ted affected so a lot of our lives in an enormous method and we’re all lucky to have crossed paths with him. He’ll stay a part of us, without end.” In planning the weekend’s actions, the Committee’s objective is to make sure that the rowing neighborhood as a complete “bear in mind Ted, his love for our sport, the teachings he taught and his distinctive contribution to every of our lives.”
The Buddies of Ted Nash Committee retains increasing as do the concepts for a way finest to rejoice Ted’s life and legacy. In response to Jen Wesson, government director of the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta and a lead member of the planning committee, “the HOSR is honored to be the host of the Ted Nash memorial occasions. We’re lucky to have the ability to present a fantastic setting the place we will incorporate many individuals and concepts to assist rejoice Ted’s life. Along with dedicating the regatta to Ted and the celebratory Saturday evening occasion, we are going to maintain a brief program at our Saturday, October 30 awards ceremony, welcoming all boats that rowed the Ted Nash ‘alumni’ class, and show photographs and memorabilia that ‘inform the Ted story’.”
Wesson added, “The board of administrators of the Regatta is aware of how vital it’s for us, as Philadelphia’s largest regatta, to make sure that legends like Ted Nash are celebrated and their legacy lives on, persevering with to impression future generations.”