Our Girls Can, say Doncaster Rowing Club

Doncaster Rowing Club. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Doncaster Rowing Club. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

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The girls are certainly proving that they can at Doncaster Rowing Club.

The Hexthorpe-based club has seen a surge in membership following the Olympics in 2012, particularly among young girls.

Included among them is Sarah Beevers, 15, from Tickhill, who is the current holder of the women’s Junior 15 National Indoor rowing record.

Last weekend saw female boat crews race on the same day as the men for the first time in the 160-year history of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.

And with Sport England running their national ‘This Girl Can’ campaign to encourage more females to participate in sport, Doncaster Rowing Club say the timing of female entry into the race could not be better.

Daniel Fisher, the club’s new community coach, took up his position at the beginning of March after the club successfully won funding from The People’s Millions.

His role at the club is to engage junior members by working with local schools and youth groups, and in just a few weeks seven local schools have started training with the club.

Danum School recently added a second course for their pupils due to its popularity and success.

“The role is great,” said Daniel.

“Rowing is my passion and to be able to open it up to so many more people, particularly girls, really fits with the ethos of the sport.

“Rowing is something that everyone can do, it isn’t gender specific.

“Last weekend was a major landmark for the rowing,” he added.

“Hopefully watching the race will inspire more girls to take part and give us a new generation of rowers.”

Beevers first set the record in February 2015 at the British Indoor Rowing Championships and then beat it in March at the English Indoor Rowing Championships in Manchester.

For more information about Doncaster RC visit www.doncaster-rowing-club.org.