Become a future Olympic rowing star

Pictured at The Dome are (L-R) Fiona Hill, Robert McCombe from DCLT, Matt Free from DCLT and rower Dan Fisher.
Pictured at The Dome are (L-R) Fiona Hill, Robert McCombe from DCLT, Matt Free from DCLT and rower Dan Fisher.

A ROWING programme is coming to Doncaster in a bid to find the next Steve Redgrave.

The Doncaster Dome is one of nine places chosen to discover potential Olympic rowers of the future with the GB Rowing Team’s Start programme due to take place on Saturday.

The Start programme wants to recruit tall young people aged 14 – 22.

No experience is needed but they are looking for tall people as they make the most successful rowers, thanks to their long arms and legs - Women need to be at least 5’10” (178cm) and men 6’2” (188cm).

Set up in 2001, with funding from the National Lottery Sports Fund, The Start programme will allow successful applicants to receive coaching from experienced coaches and to attend regular testing camps to monitor their progress.

Would – be rowers will be tested for their arm span, strength/ endurance, height and weight.

Jon Whiteley, Head of Health, Leisure and Partnerships at Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust, who managed the Doncaster Dome, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to work with The Start programme to help young people in Doncaster get involved in rowing.

“The team are keen to talk to people who already have a passion for rowing which they can help to develop but they are just as keen to meet people who would like to give it a go.”

To find out more about being tested for this programme please contact Fiona Hill on Fiona.hill@britishrowing.org

For more information on the Start Programme visit: www.britishrowing.org/gb-rowing-team/rowing-gb/start-programme