Daredevil Rotarian no stranger to adventure
Rotarian Robert Marshall water-skis in Saint-Tropez. The captain of a bomb-disposal squad will be helping provide security services for the London Olympics.
In the early 1980s, Robert Marshall’s father ran a Southampton restaurant that hosted evening Rotary club meetings. “There was always lots of laughing, and a few beers, but I never knew what they did,” Marshall says.
He found out four years ago when he became a Rotarian in Chertsey, outside London. Marshall, who joined the British army at age 16, is no stranger to a life of service – or adventure. His wife, Shannon, photographed him waterskiing for the first time last year, while they were vacationing in Saint-Tropez with their three teenagers. “I consumed more seawater than I did red wine that week,” he says.
In the Caribbean, he once dove off a 98-foot-high waterfall. “I didn’t get a picture of that, because Shannon dropped the camera in shock.” His plan for the next family excursion? A nearly 500-mile walk across the Pyrenees along the Camino de Santiago.
Risk is part of his job too: He’s a captain in the Royal Logistic Corps, responsible for the welfare of 140 bomb-disposal specialists. Marshall also raises money for the Felix Fund, a charity that aids bomb-disposal personnel and their families.
“When these guys are disabling a bomb, they’re absolutely on their own,” he says. “It’s just them and the bomb, and one of them is going to win.”
Usually, the squadron works in Afghanistan and other countries far from home, but this summer, it’s helping to provide security services for the London Olympics.