Flying the Flag for Rowing Club SHOWING STRENGTH: Tees

Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England), January 28, 2012 | Go to article overview

Flying the Flag for Rowing Club SHOWING STRENGTH: Tees


Byline: LINDSEY SAMPSON

WHEN speaking of Teesside's rich history, you would be forgiven for thinking of the beautiful bridges the region is known for, and perhaps its steelworking legacy - but not so much its past rowing prowess.

For few will be aware that Teesside is thought to be home to one of the oldest rowing clubs in the world, established around 1864.

The Tees Rowing Club of today is a thriving community-based club which shares the facilities of the River Tees Watersports Centre on the banks of the River Tees, upstream from the Tees Barrage, with other groups.

It tries to provide rowing for all - whether juniors, adults, seniors, men or women, whether they aspire to compete at the highest levels or just to row as a means of keeping fit and recreation.

The club also caters for disabled rowers, from beginners to those training with the national squad.

But it is not just about the sport - it also has a social side, organising quizzes, barbecues and other social events including an annual dinner, which includes the club's "Golden Crab" awards ceremony, where members who have done something notable are awarded a "Crab".

The club is wholly run by volunteers and all membership fees are spent on running the club.

A number of rowing programmes are run, including "Learn to row", "go row", and "Project Oarsome", a British Rowing scheme aiming to bring rowing to state schools.

The club also runs the North's premier "multi-lane" Regatta and has turned out a number of national champions including World Under-23 Single Sculls champion Kat Copeland.

In addition, this year the club will again team up with Stockton Borough Council to run the Community Indoor Rowing Challenge, a community-based event designed to introduce non-rowers to the sport. …

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