THE family of a rower tipped to win a gold medal at the London Olympics took part in a charity walk in his memory on Sunday.
Scott Rennie was aged 25 when he collapsed and died during a training session at the Molesey Boat Club in Surrey on March 6, last year, due to a heart problem.
Scott, from Great Comberton, was an accomplished rower and was a member of the Great Britain team training for the 2012 Olympics.
On Sunday, Scott’s mother and father, Stevie and Stephen Rennie, and sister Lee-Anna were joined by his girlfriend Gemma Banks and her parents Martin and Anna to take part in an annual fund-raising walk in aid of the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young.
The Heart of London Bridges Walk is now in its fourth year and this year, walkers raised in excess of £50,000.
Scott’s funeral was held at Pershore Abbey where hundreds of mourners said goodbye to the sporting star, including his rowing teammates who wore club blazers as they carried his coffin into the church.
The former head boy at Kings School, Worcester, was described by dad Stephen as “the best son in the world”.
The charity is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year by launching a new initiative to offer free heart screenings to 14-year-olds from the South East throughout 2010. The screening is the only way to determine if a young, healthy person has a heart defect that could cause sudden death.
Chief executive and founder of the charity, Alison Cox, said: “We are immensely grateful that the Rennie family was able to join us in this challenging and emotional event, helping us to raise funds to support the high level of services we have developed over the past 15 years.”