Gay rowers go from strength to strength


The network for gay rowers, the ‘London New Rowmantics,’ is going from strength to strength in the capital. Since forming in late 2009, gay rowers of all levels and abilities now have somewhere to meet, network and make new rowing friends. It also provides an excellent meeting point to aspiring or novice rowers, to get advice from other rowers and seek out clubs with a significantly gay aspect. Indeed, from the group, a gay rowing team has emerged and recently started training on the Thames together.

Saturday the 30th of January will be the group’s first social of 2010 and all rowers, active and lapsed, and from all clubs, are welcome. They’ll be meeting towards the back of the upstairs bar at the Duke of Wellington in Soho from 8.30PM for a fun and informal evening. Not to be missed!

Deputy Captain Mark Ames explains; “There are gay rowers all around the world, with some very successful teams in Australia, America and Germany so it seems tragic that until now there was nowhere for all of London’s out rowers to come together and share their experiences and make friendships to take back to clubs and regattas. We hope the London New Rowmantics will go some way towards changing that. We know that there are lots of active gay rowers in London, plus those who used to row but have perhaps given it up over the years and might be interested in getting back into it; we’d really like to see you all there.”

The network has big plans for the year ahead with rowing events, fundraisers and a possible trip to the Eurogames, Holland in 2011.

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