Tamar Rowability Project Launched
Friday 18th March 2016 saw the 'maiden voyage' for the land based training gig which formed part of the launch for a new disability rowing project in Cornwall.
'Tamar Rowability' is a project which will offer inclusive rowing sessions for those with a disability this Summer, based at Tamar Lake in North Cornwall. Nick Holmes - a coach from Boscastle and Crackington Haven Gig Club has developed the project with support from Cornwall Sports Partnership and British Rowing. Part of the project has seen the creation of a land based training gig by Trevor Deakin, who manufactures GRP training boats for gig clubs across the country. The training aid is the mid section of a gig, with two rowing positions to be able to teach new rowers the basic technique before taking to the water, as well as serving as a stepping stone for those who may be too nervous to row on the water straight away. The equipment is easily transported and so serves as a great promotional tool for specific projects, and the sport of rowing in general.
The training gig was taken to Cornwall College, Cambornes 'festival of sport' which saw foundation studies students participating in a range of sports. Over thirty students had a go in the gig which sparked a lot of interest for the Tamar Rowability Project with some hoping to take to the water in April.
The first 'give it a go' water session for 'Tamar Rowability' is planned for the 14th April and will then take place fortnightly on a Thursday until September. The sessions will be ran by Nick Holmes, Rhiannon Bailey (British Rowing) and Steve Hillman (Cornwall Sports Partnership) and supported by a group of willing volunteers from local clubs. As well as 'give it a go' taster sessions, a learn to row programme will be offered for those wanting to progress over 6 weeks. Sessions are open to any disability groups or individuals wanting to give rowing a go in a fun and safe environment.
If you are interested in booking on a 'Tamar Rowability' session, or in volunteering please contact Steve or Nick:
firstname.lastname@example.org 07837 311 539
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