Row, row, row your cor­po­rate boat

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By CHE BAKER

Cen­tral Otago busi­nesses are be­ing urged to take part in a team build­ing ex­er­cise with a dif­fer­ence – a cor­po­rate rowing chal­lenge. The chal­lenge has been set for busi­nesses as part of a fundraiser for the Dun­stan Arm Rowing Club and is open to those who want to try their hand at rowing but have never had the chance. Dun­stan Arm Rowing Club pres­i­dent Jac­qui van Dam said teams for the AWS Le­gal Bod­kins Cor­po­rate Quads Rowing Chal­lenge were be­ing sought. The chal­lenge, which will run from Septem­ber 2 un­til Oc­to­ber 19, will in­clude an in­door rowing com­pe­ti­tion, a Bat­tle of the Busi­nesses rowing re­gatta and coach­ing for teams who choose to take up the chal­lenge. Rowing was con­sid­ered one of the great­est team sports on of­fer and the chal­lenge would be a great way to bring staff to­gether as well as giv­ing them the chance to take part in some­thing they would not usu­ally do, Ms van Dam said. The event would be open to all fit­ness level and all body shapes and sizes but each team of six must con­sist of at least two fe­males. The chal­lenge was be­ing held to raise funds for a new rowing eight boat, which will be used in both com­mu­nity and com­pet­i­tive rowing pro­grammes, as well as aware­ness about the sport. ‘‘It’s a per­fect sport. It works ev­ery part of your body. It doesn’t put stress on your body like run­ning,’’ she said. Each team en­tered would be sup­plied with a boat, coach and coxswains. Weekly train­ing ses­sions will start in the first week of Septem­ber and over the course of 12 weeks those tak­ing part will learn boat han­dling skills and de­velop rowing and rac­ing tech­niques. An in­door rowing com­pe­ti­tion will be held on Oc­to­ber 4 be­fore the grand fi­nale event on Lake Dun­stan on Oc­to­ber 19.

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