Skipton has sponsored Molesey Boat Club, based by the River Thames near Hampton Court, since 2009 and our funding has provided support for Molesey’s aspiring international athletes in their training. The winning partnership was agreed upon following discussions with club captain and Olympian, Andy Hodge, a customer of Skipton Building Society since the age of five and, like Skipton, a North Yorkshire success story. Andy and eight other members of the team achieved great success in the 2012 Olympic Games.
Seven of Molesey's rowers took to the water at Eton Dorney to represent Team GB and all seven brought back Olympic medals:
- Great Britain became Olympic champions in the men's coxless four. Molesey rowers Andy Hodge and Tom James clocked 6 minutes 3.97 seconds to win the gold and retain their title in emphatic style;
- The men's eight, which contained Molesey rowers James Foad, Mo Sbihi, Tom Ransley and Greg Searle, also gave their all in a closely contested race to win bronze;
- In the men's pair, Molesey's George Nash won bronze in another closely fought race.
Skipton’s vital funding provides subsidised membership for high performance athletes, without other forms of financial support to enable them to train at the club. It also helps with training camp resources and physiotherapy support.
Like Skipton, Molesey Boat Club has a long and proud heritage. Originating in 1866, Molesey has built a strong national reputation for sporting excellence. Also, despite the phenomenal rowing success of its elite athletes, the club remains dedicated to its local grassroot commitments as a family rowing club which provides access to the sport for everyone, from individuals to schools.