It is with great sadness that Clyde has learned of the death of our much-loved and valued former member Annelise Grimason (née Rennie).
Annelise was a puipil at Hutcheson’s Academy, and with her pairs partner, Catriona Maccallum, represented Great Britain at the Junior World Championship in Cologne in 1987 in the JW2-, where they won the B final, to come seventh (The A-final was won by East Germany). That year Annelise and Catriona also won bronze in the Open Women’s Pairs at the GB National Championships, silver in the WJ18 eight (composite), and gold in the WJ2-. On the way to GB representation the pair won medals at the Scottish Championships in various WJ16 and WJ18 events, and therefore competed for Scotland at the Home Countries.
The success that Annelise and Catriona had was not just impressive, but also an inspiration for the next clutch of juniors at Clyde. Their legacy was to normalise a woman’s place at the club: on the podium.
The Helen George was purchased for Annelise and Catriona in 1987 by Clyde, giving the pair the advantage of rowing in a small boat build exactly for their weight. In their wake came a number of high-performing junior women’s crews, including Kirsty Boyd, Fiona Richardson, Katherine Lee, and Claire Macintosh, who all competed at top National and International levels. The Helen George was rowed by many of these subsequent women’s junior and lightweight crews.
It is no overstatement to say that not only Clyde ARC, but also GB rowing, and Britain is poorer for Annelise’s passing. She will be sadly missed by her friends, family, and her husband David.