Ted (Edward) Tandy
We were saddened to hear the news of Ted ( Edward ) Tandy’s death on 2nd April 2023. Ted was an active member of Bradford on Avon CC for many decades, and Commodore and Coach at the club from the late 1950’s.
Ted was instrumental in developing and introducing proper on- and off-water training techniques into long distance kayaking in the early 60’s, using his background in the Royal Marines as the foundation. Competing many times, and winning the 125 mile Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race on several occasions, Ted built up a fierce reputation as a coach, producing many top class paddlers – a number of whom went on to represent Great Britain as well as win multiple national titles.
After retiring Ted moved to Lancashire, but he recently relocated back to his home city of Bath.Â Last summer, at the age of 87, he was back down at his club helping to carry over sections of a new building, always wanting to be in the thick of any action!Â Â Seen by some as a hardÂ task master,Â he achievedÂ and got results from himself and his paddlers. Long distance racing, the forerunnerÂ to today’s marathon kayak racing, owesÂ a lot to a number of determinedÂ individuals such as Ted, withoutÂ whose drive ourÂ sport might not exist today.Â Â
A great character, who had a huge and positive impact on so many, Ted always made sure everyone achieved their best, whetherÂ that was on and off the water.