Whole week of indoor rowing scheduled in Hampshire and Dorset

A week of indoor rowing events begins this Monday, 10 February, with over 700 people expected to participate across the counties.

The week’s activities will culminate with the Southern Indoor Rowing Championships, at Upper Shirley High School in Southampton on Saturday 14 February.

The Championships will feature over 20 different events, offering opportunities for both adults and juniors to compete in individual or team races. Over 100 competitors are expected to participate in the championships, the largest event of its kind in the Wessex region.

Earlier in the week there will be two schools events: the Hampshire Schools Indoor Rowing Finals, held on 10 February at Barton Pervil College in Eastleigh, and the Dorset Schools Indoor Rowing Finals, held the following day at the Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester.

Both events will see the top youngsters from across Hampshire and Dorset compete for the chance to represent their respective counties at the National School Indoor Championships.

The winning school in each county will also win the School Trophy for their region.

Also during the week, there will also be a ‘taster’ session at Shirley High in Southampton for children currently in Year Six. The children will have the opportunity to learn basic indoor rowing techniques on and off the machines, before taking part in a fun competition to test out their new skills. The school will also host its own inter-house racing on Friday, with at least 350 students taking part.

Rachael Wooldridge, regional coordinator for the ARA, said: "It’s great to see so many people are keen to participate and compete in the Indoor Rowing week. Many are competing for the school, partnership team, local club or just to get a personal best. I hope that everyone has fun and enjoys the competitions, and perhaps it will inspire many more people, young and old, to try indoor rowing as a result."

The number of competitors in the events reflects the increasing popularity of indoor rowing. The activity provides a low-impact, full-body workout that is suitable for people of all ages.

Profits from the South Indoor Championships will go towards supporting talented athletes from the region.

For more information please visit www.wessexindoorrowing.com