Saturday, March 07, 2015

John Graham Chambers

John Graham Chambers (12 February 1843 – 4 March 1883) was a Welsh sportsman. He rowed for Cambridge, founded inter-varsity sports, became English Champion walker, coached four winning Boat-Race crews, devised the Queensberry Rules, staged the FA Cup Final and the Thames Regatta, instituted championships for billiards, boxing, cycling, wrestling and athletics, rowed beside Matthew Webb as he swam the English Channel and edited a national newspaper.
As I am travelling and semi-detached from the interwebs, you may have a Welsh Born Icon nominated by my brother John. They certainly crammed a lot into whatever little time they had on the planet, those Victorians.
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