Port Chalmers honours Bolton with name of new boat

Lesley Bolton smiles while holding the boat named after her at the Port Chalmers United Rowing...
Lesley Bolton smiles while holding the boat named after her at the Port Chalmers United Rowing Club yesterday. PHOTO: CHRISTINE O’CONNOR
Lesley Bolton loves being on the water.

Now she will get to be out there even more — by name at least.

The Port Chalmers United Rowing Club has named its newest boat after the stalwart.

Since joining the club 28 years ago, following her children Ben and Jessie into the sport, she has done virtually everything there is to do in the club.

On the water she garnered a reputation as a fiercely competitive rower and in 2006 won gold, silver and bronze medals at the World Masters Rowing Championships in Croatia.

That side of it tends to be more for pleasure now.

But her contribution has gone beyond pulling oars.

Bolton has served as a committee member and was responsible for getting the masters women’s side of the club going, alongside being her fundraising work.

She also played a big role in introducing new rowers to the sport and puts plenty of time in as a coach.

It was special recognition for her to have the new boat named after her.

"I feel really honoured," Bolton said.

"I love everything that I’ve done at the club, I’ve loved my rowing, I’ve loved being part of community sport and I’ve made lots of friends.

"It’s just been wonderful to me this club and I feel very proud that it has enjoyed me too."

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