Row, row, row your corporate boat
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.