Sportivate Explores Rowing
To celebrate several successful ‘Sportivate Explores Rowing’ projects in Cornwall over the past 2 years, Cornwall Sports Partnership sponsored a ‘Sportivate Challenge’ at this years Looe Regatta. This involved a separate race ran by Looe Rowing Club, who have themselves run three successful learn to row courses which has seen a boost in their young membership base. The challenge involved a race with 2 buoy turns, for 14-25 year olds, aimed at those who were new to rowing. This included many participants who have got in to the sport through Sportivate projects ran at their club. 36 rowers from Devon and Cornwall competed, including a composite crew made up from several clubs. Boats competing were from Looe (2), Cotehele Quay, Brixham, Rame and Caradon. Caradon took the prize for top placed genuine 14-25 mixed (3 male, 3 female) crew, Looe won a trophy for the top all female crew and the composite crew took the prize for the open category.
Reps from British Rowing and Cornwall Sports Partnership were on hand to promote the Sportivate programme and give out information on how clubs could get involved. All those competing got a Sportivate Explores Rowing t-shirt and it is hoped that the challenge can become an annual event.
Rachel Knott from Cornwall Sports Partnership said ‘Sportivate Explores Rowing has been a huge success in Cornwall so it’s great to see an event like this for participants to work towards.’ Rhiannon Halliday from British Rowing said ‘it was brilliant to see so many young people on the water, hopefully it has inspired more clubs to look at running Sportivate projects in the future.’ Thanks to Looe rowing club for running the challenge.
For more on Explore Rowing including running your own ‘Learn to Row’ courses: www.explorerowing.org
For more on Sportivate in Cornwall and Cornwall Sports Partnership: www.cornwallsportspartnership/sportivate
To see a gallery of pictures please see the Cornwall Sports Partnership Facebook page.