Significant Boat Naming Ceremony
posted by Susanne Hunter
- 21 Jun 2008
£38,000 of New Rowing Equipment / Seven New Rowing Boats &
Rowing Machines for Juniors Funded by Highland 2007 and Henley Stewards
Inverness Rowing Club is the fortunate recipient of £38,000 of
rowing equipment funded mainly by Highland 2007 Year of Culture. Seven new
boats with new oars have been purchased by the club specifically for young
rowers. The Henley Stewards Trust Fund generously provided invaluable
additional match funding which was also used to assist with the provision of
new rowing machines used for coaching and training.
The boat-naming ceremony on Saturday 21st June 2008 for the Highland 2007
boats - one quadruple scull, two double sculls and four single sculls
- included three more club boats which were added to the club
fleet over the past two years - two fours (which received
funding support from Awards for All) and a recreation double (which received
funding support from Inverness Area Sports Council) - making
a grand total of ten boats to be officially christened with champagne!
The new equipment is a huge boost to the club - catering to a
range of small to medium body sizes which were previously obliged to manage
with heavier boats and longer oars. Juniors, women and light to medium weight
men are now able to row in boats designed for their size which bodes well for
increased participation and successful competition in the future.
Inverness Rowing Club is the only rowing club in the Highlands and has been
designated as a Development Centre by the Scottish Amateur Rowing Association
(SARA) mainly due to the excellent rowing conditions found on the Caledonian
Canal. The club is promoting indoor rowing through local schools in
partnership with SARA with an eye to encouraging young people to take up water
In addition to the senior and veteran sections, Inverness Rowing Club has a
small but thriving junior section, six of whom won four gold medals in the
Scottish Championships in Strathclyde Park last weekend. Eight new junior
members have now joined the original group and during the summer holidays
there will be more opportunities for new youngsters to come and try rowing.
(Contact IRC Captain 01349-864033).
Rowing incorporates all parts of the body, requiring excellent co-ordination,
balance and timing as well as strength, endurance and absolute teamwork. It
is a highly disciplined sport which attracts people of all ages and
backgrounds, and rarely lets them go - addiction to rowing is
a serious business!