Carl Smith- Rowing goldmedalist dies.

Carl Smith- Rowing goldmedalist dies.

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SuPaSpArK

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2,104 posts

179 months

Tuesday 5th January 2010
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A true TVR enthusiast....for those that new him.
"Tragic news" I have just heard the dreadful news that multiple lightweight world champion Carl Smith was killed yesterday afternoon, after his pride and joy TVR T350 came off the Nottingham bypass and crashed into a tree. Carl won three bronze and one silver medal at the world championships, with his four golds coming in 1986 (LM2x), 1991 (LM4-), 1992 (LM4-), and 1994 (LM8+)"
GRHS

Edited by SuPaSpArK on Tuesday 5th January 08:53

Richard Gee

201 posts

154 months

Tuesday 5th January 2010
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I was fortunate enough to have rowed with Carl and knew him for 12 years before we emigrated to NZ. He was truly one of the good guys - modest, enthusiastic, happy and always prepared to put something back into a sport in which he was one of the all-time greats. Carl was a world champion with both sculling boats and rowing boats - not even the great Steve Redgrave could match this achievement. He was respected inside and outside of the sport and all levels and typically, had been at the rowing club doing his bit before this tragic accident. He loved his cars and I shared numerous conversations about them with him over the years. He leaves a partner Ros and two children Ben and Lydia.

World Champion four times
Henley winner five times
Numerous other world medals and national titles
World Rower of the Year in 1994

One of the greats of our sport - RIP

rev-erend

20,010 posts

225 months

Tuesday 5th January 2010
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That is very sad news.

May he rest in peace.

Best wishes to his family.

TVR653X

1,042 posts

116 months

Tuesday 5th January 2010
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Is this the second person to have a fatal in a T350 in Nottingham this week?

http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&a...

tertius

5,493 posts

171 months

Tuesday 5th January 2010
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Damn thats terrible news. I knew him when I was rowing at Nottingham.

He was in the Notts County eight that won the Ladies Plate against Harvard in 1989 following a re-row - will never forget the crowd, perhaps a little partisan that day ...
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Gazzab

16,976 posts

223 months

Tuesday 5th January 2010
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TVR653X said:
Is this the second person to have a fatal in a T350 in Nottingham this week?

http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&a...
Not its the same person - look further down your link.

AJCERB

268 posts

186 months

Tuesday 5th January 2010
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This is desperately sad. I came to rowing late at the age of 36 in the mid 90's but quickly became aware of Carl's reputation and record as an NCRA stalwart and a member of the epic '89 lightweight crew that clobbered the Harvard heavyweights twice in the same day to win the Ladies Plate at Henley, setting a course record each time. I wish I had been there to see that. Ray Sims the Nottingham boatbuilder would always show you the picture of that crew and talk about them with such pride when he showed you around his workshop, and with a resurgent Nottingham Rowing Club developing strongly from the club amalgamation Carl would have been a key figure over the coming years in taking the club on from strength to strength. This is such a loss. Please be careful out there everyone. These are dangerous roads right now.

Rower

1,321 posts

207 months

Tuesday 5th January 2010
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tertius said:
Damn thats terrible news. I knew him when I was rowing at Nottingham.

He was in the Notts County eight that won the Ladies Plate against Harvard in 1989 following a re-row - will never forget the crowd, perhaps a little partisan that day ...
So Sad to hear that , I did not know he had a Tiv, I watched both those races from the booms, amazing stuff.....still get goose bumps thinking about it ..

tertius

5,493 posts

171 months

Tuesday 5th January 2010
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Rower said:
tertius said:
Damn thats terrible news. I knew him when I was rowing at Nottingham.

He was in the Notts County eight that won the Ladies Plate against Harvard in 1989 following a re-row - will never forget the crowd, perhaps a little partisan that day ...
So Sad to hear that , I did not know he had a Tiv, I watched both those races from the booms, amazing stuff.....still get goose bumps thinking about it ..
I was rowing so I didn't see the first race but I remember the re-row very clearly. County were so fired up and the crowd were incredible, pretty much everyone stayed to see it.

G7TVR

81 posts

210 months

Tuesday 5th January 2010
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Very sad indeed when someone from the small community of TVR ownership passes away.

I didn't know Carl personally but I had the misfortune of competing against him in the LM4- at the 1991 World Championships.
Back in the day, I remember watching videos of him racing, he was inspirational to me at the time.

Carl Smith - TVR enthusiast, and Rowing Legend.
RIP

The Tea Boy

4,101 posts

176 months

Wednesday 6th January 2010
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RIP,
didnt know him myself but afew people from the village knew him rather well. frown

Cassius81

276 posts

130 months

Thursday 7th January 2010
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Very, very sad to hear this. Didn't know him but was rowing in Notts in the late 90s/early 00s (university and then Notts & Union) and Carl was a well-known and respected figure.

That Ladies plate re-row against Harvard was one of the greatest I have ever seen.

RIP Carl.

Andrew Wilson

1 posts

112 months

Thursday 7th January 2010
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Carl Smith’s funeral service will be on Friday 15th January, 1pm at St.Mary’s Church, High Pavement, Lace Market, Nottingham. NG1 1HW http://www.multimap.com/s/g9B0amsH
There are two multi-storey car parks just a minutes’walk on both nearby Fletcher Gate and Stoney Street.

The burial at 2pm, Wilford Hill Cemetry, Loughborough Road, Nottingham NG2 7FE http://www.multimap.com/s/j6A3dosJ

And also from 2pm at Nottingham Rowing Club, Trentside North, West Bridgford, Nottingham. NG2 5FA http://www.multimap.com/s/i5ZtWqAg

As attendance is likely to be large, would anyone hoping to attend please direct their e-mails to alexs@concept2.co.uk

SuPaSpArK

Original Poster:

2,104 posts

179 months

Friday 15th January 2010
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I rowed an extra 2 kliks today at the gym......GRHS

prettyinpinklyds

2 posts

109 months

Tuesday 6th April 2010
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HI, i am carl smiths daughter,
I am writing on behalf of my dads family, we would like to thank everyone for all the amazing tributes and for every bit of support that we have had, everyone has been fantastic and i am sorry it has taken so long for us to thank everyone for this. Also thank you to every single person that came to say goodbye and there love and support to my dad at his funeral.
still today it doesnt feel real to us.. we miss him with every heartbeat. his baby boo (amber the dog still looks out for him)
thank you again to all of you.
Lydia smith

p.s me and my brother and friends and family are doing a coast to coast bike ride for my dad and the robin hood half marathon.

so called

7,173 posts

150 months

Tuesday 6th April 2010
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Hi prettypinklyds,

It was very sad indeed to hear of your Dads accident.

I'm sure you would get good support on here if you had one of those sponsor web thingys.

Good luck and best wishes,
Tony.

Rower

1,321 posts

207 months

Wednesday 7th April 2010
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Hi prettypinklyds I agree with Tony , I am sure someone will be along soon to get a help page set up.

As a rower and a TVR enthusiast I was very very sad to hear about your Dad .


Guy

prettyinpinklyds

2 posts

109 months

Sunday 18th April 2010
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Hi its Lydia Smith again, carl smiths daughter,

There has been a face book page set up for my dad CoastTocoast For-Carl, this is for the coast to coast bike ride which my brother and a few of our close friends are doing to not only raise money but keep our dads memory alive. or if you wish to email c2c4carl@googlemail.com

We will keep everyone informed and there is also links to other stories on my dad and link to pages such as twitter.

please join and if anyone can help us in anyway i would be hugely grateful.

Lydia Smith