Row­ers re­turn to the wa­ters

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SLIGO Row­ing Club are now back on the wa­ter in training for what prom­ises to be an ex­cit­ing 2019 rac­ing sea­son. The club has al­ready com­peted in its first re­gatta of the 2019 sea­son with Glenn Pat­ter­son and Brian Colsh trav­el­ling to Cork re­cently to the Na­tional Row­ing Cen­tre to com­pete and race in the se­nior and ju­nior sin­gle sculls re­spec­tively at the na­tional time trials. Closer to home, draft plans are al­ready be­ing put in place to host both a lo­cal Head of the River event in Spring on Lough Gill and a 800 me­tre 3 lane sprint re­gatta in sum­mer on the Gar­avogue on the Doorly Park straight.

With the in­tro­duc­tion of recre­ational row­ing only last year the club has en­joyed in­creased num­bers par­tic­i­pat­ing in leisure row­ing on the river with the club host­ing sev­eral Learn to Row pro­grammes in con­junc­tion with the Sligo Sport & Re­cre­ation Part­ner­ship. The two recre­ational boats pur­chased by the club to fa­cil­i­tate this new ini­tia­tive are of wider beam and deeper draft and there­fore in­her­ently more sta­ble and for­giv­ing in the wa­ter than the contemporary rac­ing shells. These boats are there­fore also an ideal boat for the in­tro­duc­tion of ju­nior mem­bers to the sport.

Get Go­ing Get Row­ing pro­grammes are also tak­ing place in a num­ber of se­condary schools over the com­ing weeks and months which will fur­ther bol­ster the pres­ence and par­tic­i­pa­tion of the sport in Sligo.

The club AGM is sched­uled to be held in Gil­looly Hall on Thurs­day the 11th Oc­to­ber at 8pm.

All wel­come.

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