Martin Boatman

By Dave Picken - January 13 2019
Martin Boatman It is with great sadness that we have to report that Martin Boatman passed away earlier today after a long and incredibly courageous battle with cancer - he was just 35 ......

Martin Boatman and brothersJonny, Danny and Martin

An accomplished international sailor and Team GB coach, Martin played rugby whenever he could following elder brother Jonny and younger brother Danny in wearing the red green and white. Fortunately, he was able to be present at the wedding of the eldest Boatman brother Lee just a few weeks ago.

Director of Rugby Graeme Southern says: "Martin was a typical Boatman. His sailing came first, of course, but when he was able to play rugby he would turn out for any team which needed him, and that included answering a late call to play on the wing for the first team, but more often than not for the Stags, the Thirds and even for the Vets.

"Our thoughts are with Sam and the children and the whole Boatman family who are all so highly respected in our club."

Martin and Sam's story made national headlines last year as both battled cancer - including this story in the Daily Mirror.

Martin Boatman sailing

His sailing achievements, mainly in the Laser 4.7 class, were considerable  including being named the Performance Development Coach of the Year at the Sports UK Awards where he received the trophy from the Princess Royal.

"At the time the Royal Yachting Association said; "Boatman was nominated for his work with young sailors in the challenging junior Laser 4.7 class, achieving great success particularly with his female charges who have dominated major championships in 2016.

"Under Boatman's tutelage, Great Britain won u16 European Championship gold and u16 World Championship bronze in the Laser 4.7 this year, and had four sailors inside the top ten at both events, while he also supports and mentors coaching colleagues as a valued leader within the RYA Pathway team."

Funeral details to follow.


Martin Boatman
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
13/01/2019 12:08
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smurray (IP Logged)
13/01/2019 12:29
Very sad news. My condolences go out to all his family and many friends. Stuart


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Miffy (IP Logged)
13/01/2019 13:10
Really sad news. Sincere condolences to Martin's family and all his friends at West from Rovers.

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heugh breakwater (IP Logged)
13/01/2019 13:26
Deepest sympathy to the Boatman family and to west in this time of great sadness from all at BBOB

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old shepherd (IP Logged)
13/01/2019 13:37
Very sad news. Gone far to young. Deepest condolences to the family.

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Andy Quinn (IP Logged)
13/01/2019 14:23
Really sad news. Matin was a great guy and thoughts with his family

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Parental Unit (IP Logged)
13/01/2019 14:30
A life that was so unfairly too short but nevertheless one full of remarkable achievements.
Thoughts with the family.

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The Pres (IP Logged)
13/01/2019 17:07
Gone too young. He brought his personality and enthusiasm to the many games he played for the Ams.
Great to be with on and off the field.
The thoughts to all the Boatman family from all the Ams

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Elmo Wilko (IP Logged)
14/01/2019 10:37
Condolences to all the Boatman Family. Martin was an absolute gent and a pleasure to have known.

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Dave Picken (IP Logged)
28/01/2019 09:09
Martin’s funeral is today. Thoughts with the Boatman family.

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