Posted by on 5th July 2017

Amy Gentry OBE (1903 – 1976) was a champion rower and sculler, and a lifelong advocate for women’s rowing. She began racing as a teenager at Weybridge Rowing Club, subsequently founding the Weybridge Ladies’ Amateur Rowing Club, but her most significant contributions to the sport were in its administration.

She gave more than fifty years of dedicated voluntary service to the sport, significantly increasing opportunities for competition and training for female athletes.

As early as 1927 she had begun petitioning for the inclusion of women’s rowing at the Olympics – something which was finally achieved in 1976, shortly after she died.

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