Olympic legacy to inspire new generation of rowers

LEARNING TO ROW: Newcomers to rowing are put through their paces at Sudbury Rowing Club's first taster session
LEARNING TO ROW: Newcomers to rowing are put through their paces at Sudbury Rowing Club's first taster session
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Sudbury Rowing Club are confident the success of Team GB’s golden rowers will help to inspire a new generation to take up the sport.

The profile of rowing has raised significantly over the past five months due to the Olympic successes on the water at Eton Dorney last summer.

Trying to take advantage of Team GB’s accomplishments, Sudbury Rowing Club are offereing free taster sessions to encourage people to take up the sport.

Pippa Kerry, vice-captain of the club’s Learn to Row scheme, is hoping many people will give the sport a try.

“We’ve seen a massive increase in people wanting to participate,” she said.

“People are really lucky that there is a club in Sudbury that they can go to because there aren’t too many in the local area.”

The sessions intend to explain what is involved in the sport and show people the technique of rowing on indoor rowing machines.

There is then the chance to take to the water on the River Stour.

Prior to the Olympics last year, Sudbury Rowing Club had more than 20 keen rowers at the club and they are expecting to at least double that number after receiving a flood of enquiries, with more than 80 people getting in touch so far.

Team GB proved to be top dogs on the water last year with nine London 2012 medals, including four golds, and rowing finished joint top, with cycling, as the most successfull sport for Team GB.

Funding for rowing has increased to £32m, giving clubs the opportunity to provide people with a better experience.

Anyone wishing to give rowing a go can email learn
2row@sudbury.rowing.org.uk to book a place ahead of their next two free taster sessions scheduled for February 21 and March 21.