Peterborough City Rowing Club celebrated the acquisition of six new boats with an official naming ceremony at the club at Thorpe Meadows.
The event marked an important turning point for the club as they also launched their Development Plan during the ceremony, setting out their vision to become a fully inclusive centre of excellence for rowing in the East of England by 2020.
Five of the new boats are specially designed stable boats and mark the club’s commitment to extending the membership to include a wider range of athletes including those with a disability. They are also a major step for the club in achieving their aim to become one of the key facilities within the UK for people with a disability.
John Canton, chairman of Peterborough City Rowing Club, said:
“The acquisition of the five stable boats has been made possible through a Sport England grant. We are very grateful for this financial assistance as it has enabled us to open up our facilities to a wider range of people through the use of these boats. Because the boats are more stable, they are easier to row, which makes them perfect for people with a wide range of disabilities.”
In keeping with tradition, the stable boats were named “Nene Machine”, “Nene Explorer”, “Nene Discovery”, “Nene Wanderer” and “Nene Adventurer”, after which members took to the lake at Thorpe Meadows for a celebratory row.
The final boat, a top class racing double, was named “2020 Vision” to mark one of the club’s further aims to continue to develop world class athletes.
“This is a very exciting time for the club because all of the new boats are a major step forward for the club in achieving the goals which have been set out in the Development Plan. Peterborough City Rowing Club has grown considerably since it was first set up by a group of enthusiasts in 1948 but in order to continue to grow and promote rowing to people of all ages and abilities we must look to the future and ensure that we have excellent facilities and boats which will allow us to do that.”
“The Development Plan therefore sets out our aims to engage with the community and addresses how we will develop both the infrastructure and the coaches and equipment which will be necessary to achieve success.”
The five new stable boats will be put into immediate use by the latest Learn to Row course which will see 12 new members take to the water for the first time and learn basic rowing skills. The courses are run by the club on a regular basis and attract people of all ages and abilities.
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