Oundle Town launches Explore Rowing project
Oundle Town Rowing Club (OTRC) launched its Explore Rowing Project on Sunday, at a ceremony attended by British Rowing representatives, club members, supports, and partner groups.
The programme – which is focussed on improving adaptive rowing on the River Nene – has been partnered by the Northampton Disability Rowing Association (NDRA), and hopes to provide a life-enhancing experience to nearly 250 disabled youngsters aged between 12 and 25 in Northamptonshire.
British Rowing Deputy Chairman Annamarie Phelps attended Sunday’s launch, and expressed her great pleasure at the expansion of Explore Rowing, whilst recognising the unique identity of each initiative being wholly dependent on the club members, volunteers and coaches who develop it.
She also praised OTRC and NDRA’s focus on adaptive rowing, particularly in the run up to the 2012 Paralympics, and charged everyone present with improving standards and increasing rowing opportunities to all to ensure the future of the sport.
OTRC will now be able to increase the number of able-bodied and adaptive Learn to Row courses available at the club, whilst raising the profile of adaptive rowing in the region.
Last year, OTRC won the UK Sports Club of the Year Award for its work with a wide variety of groups within the local community. With the help of the Explore Rowing Project, it plans to continue its valuable contribution well into the future.