Bann rowing coach Bobby Platt dies at 94

The local rowing community is mourning the death in Portstewart of legendary coach Bobby Platt MBE.

The 94-year-old had been involved with Coleraine's Bann Rowing Club since the early 1940s, firstly as an oarsman and then as a coach and administrator.

Platt also excelled as coach with Coleraine Inst Boat Club, bringing through Olympic Games medallists Alan Campbell and Richard Chambers.

World bronze medallist Richard Archibald was also coached by Platt.

"Bobby Platt's overall contribution to the sport of rowing in Coleraine is inestimable," said Archibald.

"For the last half century or more he has seen many successes at Bann Rowing Club as an oarsman, a cox and a coach - quite literally thousands of rowers have benefited from Bobby's expertise."

Winner of the BBC Sport Unsung hero award in 2009, Bobby first captained the Bann club in 1959 and again from 1972 to 1983.

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