Sue’s 13-year international rowing career from 1981 to 1992 started with her being selected to represent GB three times at junior level, and continued to include multiple appearances at the under-23 and senior World Championships, as well as at two Olympic Games.
She raced as Sue Clark and later as Sue Smith.
At the Games in 1988, she stroked the coxed four, qualifying for the final after an epic row-through in the repechage. Her crew was the first British women’s crew to reach an Olympic final ‘when everyone was there’ (as there had been major boycotts by rowing nations at the two previous Games).
Recently, lockdowns notwithstanding, she’s been passing on her expertise to the latest generation of young women as a rowing coach at LEH.
Sue is on the right in the photo at the top of this page which shows the 1988 GB women’s Olympic coxed four training at Molesey (Photo: Sue Hastings’ personal collection).