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Trinity Sport encourages school students to get rowing

Published: 11th November 2016

‘Get going, get rowing’ is a secondary schools initiative that provides a pathway to club and college rowing.

It encourages students from first, second and transition year to give the sport a try during a four to six-week period in which coaches go into schools to teach basic rowing skills. The culmination of this is a blitz-style competition, the Leinster leg of which was recently hosted by Trinity Sport.

The main hall was the venue for 700 secondary school students and their teachers, members from DUBC, DULBC and Rowing Ireland, as well as a TV crew from RTE who were there to film the event.

This is the second year of the blitz and the number of participants this year was up by 300. Ireland’s success in the summer’s Olympics has definitely had an impact. Michelle Carpenter (above left), who is involved in the ‘Get going, get rowing’ programme and one of the organisers of the day, says that Rowing Ireland have seen a 400% increase in uptake since the Olympics.

DULBC alum Susannah Cass (above right), one of the volunteers at the blitz, says this upswing in numbers has also been reflected in the amount of new recruits to both of Trinity’s boat clubs this year.

Susannah, who only learned to row as an undergraduate at Oxford, joined DULBC when she arrived at Trinity to do a masters in biodiversity and conservation.

You may recognise her name – she was part of a four-person team that rowed to Rio in advance of this year’s Olympics. Rowing around the clock in two-hour shifts, Susannah and her crew took 54 days to complete their journey.

What better person to inspire the next generation of rowers!