Rowing Club Blades January2016DARTMOUTH Rowing Club – having been rejuvenated with an influx of young scullers and rowers – has seen a need for new equipment to replace old, worn and damaged items.
When the club called for help to replace four rowing blades, the Old Dartmothians Assoc­iation agreed to pay for two.
Association president Jan Cowling went along to a junior rowing training evening last week to present a cheque for £700. In addition to the juniors, also present to receive the donation were club chairman Steve Hawke and the coach for the juniors, Shaun Barker. Mr Cowling said: ‘It gives me great pleasure to be here to present £700 on behalf of the Old Dartmothians Assoc­iation towards the purchase of more blades, and even more so to see a growth in numbers and interest by the youngsters of Dartmouth in continuing the tradition of rowing for the town, and to wish them a successful future.’ Rowing club secretary Ali McGrigor said: ‘This sum will go towards buying two of the four oars needed to replace the set that has been broken this past season. It is great that the Old Dartmothians Association has helped to ensure the juniors, and up and coming rowers, can carry on with their sport.’ Following the presentation, Mr Barker spoke about future training at the club to cope with demand. ‘Due to the successful increase in numbers of our junior members, we have now reached a point where we need to think differently about how we coach children with the limited equipment available,’ he said. ‘Tonight we had 21 eager youngsters with some more that couldn’t make it. The coaches would like to split the group and have two sessions on a Wednesday evening. The boys at 5.30pm and the girls at 6.45pm. ‘Each session will be 75 minutes.'

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