Emma Gage has written some words about her brother, who died suddenly on 29th December. We send our condolences to all his family and friends.
“My brother Chris started rowing as an under 14 at Mount’s Bay Pilot Gig Club, competing for the club in junior then adult races throughout Cornwall for many seasons.
Finding himself without a row one Scillies he joined the Pendeen Crew, immediately impressing with his strength. He rowed for Pendeen for many years, most notably in the crew that won the 28 mile Eddystone Challenge a few years back.
His other sporting passion was basketball, playing for the Penryn Rebels and Penwith Panthers and being known for his skill with the hook shot.
When not on the court or the sea he was a nationally renowned gamer, reaching the final in several national nintendo competions and winning numerous trophies.
At his funeral service at Gulval Church members of his crew from Pendeen Gig Club held their oars up in silent respect as his coffin passed in a gesture much appreciated by our family. There was a huge turn out from the rowing, basketball and gaming communities.
Chris was passionate about fitness and healthy eating, and as well as his rowing and basketball, he cycled every day without fail.
He collapsed suddenly at home on Tuesday 29th December and was rushed to Treliske by Air Ambulance. However tragically they could not save him. He was 29.
He was a man of few words but huge strength and kindness; so aptly captured by his nickname “Silent Mountain”. Chris will be sorely missed by all those who knew him.”
Photo above, taken by Emma Gage, is of Chris at Cadgwith a few years ago, when he helped out a crew over from the Scillies in the mixed race. Despite not normally rowing on strokeside, Chris volunteered to help and, racing in a Newquay gig, they won the race.