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Sponsored Row November 13th 2014 - 141km rowed!
On Thursday 13 November NDRA in partnership with Oundle Town Rowing Club and Oundle School organised a 12 hour sponsored row. Approximately 58 rowers took part and completed over 141000 meters. We hope to raise £1200 to buy a new indoor rowing machine. Other groups involved were Spring Common School, Gateway Wellingborough, Wren Spinney School and HFT from Market Harborough.
Personal Best Times
Personal best times for adults 10th June 2014.
Those at Patrick Road Day Centre
Neil 48.2 seconds wheelchair user, can only use one arm
Viv 41.0 seconds wheelchair user, user just arms
Michael 1.18.9 wheelchair user, user just arms
Those at Henley Day Centre
Jonathan 34.9 learning disability
Helena 49.3 learning disability
Ben 29.1 autistic
Rosie 45.9 autistic
Molly's GCSE Success
Molly Allsopp is one of our junior adaptive rowers with Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). This affects her ability to perform sustained periods of exercise and she experience periods of nausea, dizziness and fainting. Prior to the onset of POTS Molly was a keen sporting participant studying Physical Education for GCSE. In Summer 2012 Molly joined Oundle Town Rowing Club's Sunday Rowing group as an adaptive rower using a special boat with floats attached to the riggers to maintain stability. In March she was assessed against the GCSE PE criteria for Rowing which required her to row continuously and effectively over 3000 metres, quite a challenge for a person with her condition. I am pleased to say that she exceeded that requirement by rowing 4000 metres and was videoed on the water during her attempt. This was submitted to her school for assessment and she was awarded an "A" grade for rowing. An excellent achievement.
Bedford Small Boats Head - 13th April
Oundle Town Rowing Club was represented at the Bedford Small Boats Head on 13th April this year, despite it not being a ‘club’ outing. Claire Connon is an OTRC adaptive rower who has benefitted from the support of OTRC and its partner, the Northamptonshire Disability Rowing Association (NDRA) for several years and is an extremely successful ambassador for our adaptive program. She rows in the Women’s Adaptive (TA) Sculls category. The ‘TA’ stands for Trunk and Arms rowing only. Yet again, she was successful in her race at Bedford and needs to invest in some silver polish, by the look of it! Here is her report:
"Despite being rather unwell, I battled the course, with some impressive over taking through the town bridge, and won!! My time of 6:08 was a minute ahead of the next competitor. I won a nice shiny trophy too- but I need to be ultra-careful as I am the first owner of it, so can't bump it!!"
Well done, Claire.
Thanks to Anita Dunn’s sterling efforts, Northamptonshire Disability Rowing Association (NDRA) has been awarded an amazing £8,730 from Sport England to purchase new equipment. The money will be used to purchase a stable Quad, 4 pairs of oars, floats and a cox box, which will open up opportunities for more disabled people to try rowing for the first time and for existing disabled rowers to progress within the sport.
Oundle Town Rowing Club has been working in close partnership with the NDRA for several years, providing rowing opportunities to disabled rowers on our stretch of the river. Several of OTRC’s coaches give their time to help with adaptive rowing sessions.
Anita is Coach and Fundraising Officer for both the NDRA and OTRC and the club has benefitted on many occasions from her tenacity in raising money to improve our rowing facilities. The NDRA, Oundle Town Rowing Club and Oundle School Boat Club joined together in a sponsored row to raise £1,500 as most funding applications now require a contribution from the club or organisation before a grant will be considered. The balance of the cost of the new equipment has been funded by Sport England (through National Lottery Money). Anita said, “We are delighted with this award. Our Inclusive Rowing Project has grown enormously in the last few years. This award will have a significant impact on our ability to keep providing good facilities for disabled rowers in Northamptonshire.”
When not in use by adaptive rowers, the equipment is suitable for use by members of OTRC, particularly recreational rowers, increasing the number of people we can get on the water and the range of equipment available.
Well done to Anita. Happy Rowing to everyone.