From Wine to World Masters Rowing!

Welcome to Jo, guest blogger and woman that gets things done!  Jo is an accomplished Business Developer, Negotiator and Finisher of things.

Here’s her story of taking up rowing in 2017…

For quite some time I’d been thinking about wanting to row. Thinking about it on the inside. Not just a dingy. A proper rowing skiff. You know, Rob Waddell type rowing. My brothers had both rowed at school. Now with my number being 50 mumble, eternity no longer stretched out in front of me. So catching up with a group of friends, I blurted it out. “I’ve always wanted to row, whose keen?!?” It was towards the end of the evening and the response was a swift and unequivocal yes from most. (Wine was involved.)

A rowing chat group was formed and we enthusiastically started couch training, while watching the Rio Olympics. After that it started to get more serious. I put a call through to Brenda Lawson, a double Olympic rower, and as luck would have it, coach at our local club. We want to go the World Masters at Karapiro next year, we’ve never rowed but what do you reckon, could you be our coach?

More than 10 of us started. A long, merciless, introduction to the exotic sounding ergonometer – the rowing machine. The group goal was to crew in a quad – four people, eight blades. One very long, tippy boat. It was a windy spring. No boats went out. There was no rowing on the lake. Life gets in the way and our numbers dropped. 12 long weeks on, I had my first exhilarating experience of rowing.

12 months and two regattas later I’m loving it. I’ve turned into a rowing groupie.

Start your dream now I reckon. It’s never too late to start…


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