This is how we would remember coxswain Acer Nethercott

Acer Nethercott, Olympian and Oxford coxswain, passed away today aged 35. I first saw Nethercott won the 2004 University Boat Race from the Crabtree, the Putney boathouse of the University of Cambridge Boat Club.

A year later, already a novice bow and also coxswain for HSBC Rowing Club, I saw him raced, and won, the same race against Cambridge. Nethercott was reported to have succumbed to brain cancer, which he was diagnosed with in 2010.

Nethercott (pictured, far left), with his 2005 Oxford crew.
Nethercott (pictured, far left), with his 2005 Oxford crew. © Salina Christmas / GLUE

For those of you who followed GLUE from the start, you would have known about what cancer meant to me and my family. Nethercott was an inspiration to many coxswains. An accomplished athlete, he also participated in marathons and triathlons. He tried to qualify for the Team GB for the London 2012 Olympics, but did not make it because of his illness.

I don’t want to yack anymore about Nethercott. But as a tribute to this son of the Tideway, who also coxed the boathouse of my alma mater, University College London Boat Club, I hope you’ll enjoy the series of reportage below, taken using my very first Nikon. I was just about to embark on a career as a photojournalist.

This is how I would like to remember Acer Nethercott.

The Cambridge representative reluctantly shook hands with his Oxford rival.
The Cambridge representative reluctantly shook hands with his Oxford rival. © Salina Christmas / GLUE
Acer's crew, in dark blue, was first overtaken by Cambridge at the start of the 2005 race.
Nethercott’s crew, in dark blue, was first overtaken by Cambridge at the start of the 2005 race. © Salina Christmas / GLUE
Nethercott then did what a captain would do, to get his men to power and push past their rivals...
Nethercott then did what a captain would do; to get his men to power and push past their rivals… © Salina Christmas / GLUE
...And thus, demoralising the Cambridge crew for the rest of the race.
…And thus, demoralised the Cambridge crew for the rest of the race. © Salina Christmas / GLUE
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