Rowing clubs' indoor event open to everyone

Dunstan Arm Rowing Club members (from left) Jasmine McIntosh (15), Jenna Smith (15), Erin Calder ...
Dunstan Arm Rowing Club members (from left) Jasmine McIntosh (15), Jenna Smith (15), Erin Calder (14), Iona Morton (14), coach Simon Smith, Emily Downey (15), Sophie Williamson (16), and Lucy Harrison (14), prepare for the Indoor Rowing Challenge Series at Dunstan High School yesterday. Photo by Liam Cavanagh.
A new indoor rowing event to be staged by Alexandra and Cromwell rowing clubs next month will be open to all.

Cromwell Rowing Club coach Natalie Wilson said the new event was born of the success of the Corporate Quads Rowing Challenge, a six week rowing event involving Central Otago businesses that started in 2013.

That incorporated a popular indoor rowing event, out of which this new challenge grew. Dunstan Arm Rowing Club coach Simon Smith said indoor rowing, on machines, still involved the same movements and strength required for rowing on water, but without the ''technical stuff''.

''It's good thing for people to have a go and see if it's [rowing] for them.''

The event, to be held at The Terrace School hall in Alexandra on October 9, was open to anyone, including high school pupils, sports teams and workplaces, and people could enter as individuals or in a team, with junior, open, and masters categories.

Winners of the Alexandra event would take part in the ''battle of the towns'' final at the Cromwell event at Goldfields School hall on October 16, Mrs Wilson said.

Funds raised at the events would go towards both rowing clubs for new equipment, such as new boats.


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