Olaf Liunberg

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Olaf Liunberg

Post by Jon Wood » Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:05 pm

It's been some time since I've contributed to the UKRGB forum and sadly it's now to pass on some sad news.
Olaf Liunberg passed away on Friday, aged 80 years. He had been suffering from cancer.
Olaf and I started paddling together at the Central London YMCA in 1987. The pool based club dabbled in slalom & marathon, but early on Olaf discovered his true love-paddling on the sea.
You may have crossed paths if you paddled out of Twr-Y-Felin in St. Davids (with Andy Middleton) or attended the Anglesey Sea Symposia.
He would regularly paddle 5-star training weekends.
If you recognise people by their boats, He progressed through Ice Floe, a red Shoreline, Black (with red trim) Romany Explorer LV, glittery Rockpool Isel.
More recently in his retirement he frequently worked with Harry Whelan running trips on the Thames out of Cremorne Road.
Olaf continued to coach at the YMCA until the canoe club's closure two years ago.



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Re: Olaf Liunberg

Post by Aled » Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:01 am

Sad news indeed. A real gentleman, it was always a privilege to paddle with him at the Anglesey Symposiums - I'll always remember his sparkling wit, inquisitiveness and warmth of character. Thanks for posting this Jon.

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Re: Olaf Liunberg

Post by rowlandW » Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:29 pm

Sad to hear that - he was a cracking chap.

Rowland

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