Rowing club for college
ESTABLISHING parallels between sport and higher education is not a new thing, but a Clontarf Aboriginal College pilot program has blossomed into a thriving rowing club.
Last year, under the title Row Ahead, Clontarf in conjunction with the Curtin University Boat Club established the first all Aboriginal rowing squad.
It is made up of Aboriginals from Yamaji, Gidgee and Noongar nations as well as students from the Northern Territory.
Boat club representative Cameron Thorn said the response was unexpected and since the 15 inaugural senior squad rowers the club had expanded to house teams in years 7, 8 and 9.
“We had the first all-indigenous squad in a state regatta which is quite a big deal,” he said.
The trail blazing squad were breaking barriers for the sport, which is usually associated to elite private schools.
“More students have become involved than we thought,” Mr Thorn said.
“We teach students to row, build their confidence and they also learn phys ed and literacy and numeracy.
“It is an aspiration building outreach initiative.”
Clontarf Aboriginal College rowers Amelia Forrest, Nikkita Smith, Erykah Forrest and Chelsea Whitehurst.