Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Sport for All (Aged 10 to 95)

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Sport for All (Aged 10 to 95)

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Byline: By Stuart Rayner

Indoor rowing prides itself on being a broad church and Sunday's British Championships emphasised the points, with competitors aged from 10 to 95.

Among the fitness fanatics at Birmingham's NIA were some of the biggest names in world rowing.

Indoor competitions take place across the globe but as the largest of its kind, the British event draws athletes from as far afield as New Zealand.

As well as being a sport in its own right, indoor rowing is used as a training tool by the world's leading outdoor athletes.

Crews from Oxford and Cambridge universities were competing together indoors for the first time and the hopefuls for Britain's next Olympic squad were being assessed by the national selectors.

For competitors like Carlisle's John Davies, the famous names on show act as an inspiration.

"In 2001 Steve Redgrave was commentating and Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell went head to head," he recalled. …

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