Rowing Ireland’s Get Going Get Rowing campaign came to a head last weekend in Dublin’s Docklands with the staging of the first #BlitzIt.
Over 300 students from all over the country travelled to the heart of Dublin city to take part in a “splash and dash” rowing event over 250m. The event was backed by Dublin City Council through it’s Sport and Wellbeing Partnership and Waterways Ireland.
The Waterways Ireland visitor centre was the base for the day where participating children were able to get ready, warm up, cool down, get fuelled and get their pictures taken.
This regatta was a culmination of the hard work and perseverance from community coacxhes up and down the country who delivered the programme to an enthusiastic audience buoyed by last year’s Rio Olympic success of Ireland’s rowers.
Many of the competing students from the five Get Going Get Rowing centres who took part on the day had only rowed on the water a handful of times. The event was organised in line with the Department of Education Active School’s initiative that encourages schools to get students active.
In 2016 Get Going Get Rowing enabled 16,000 students to row on machines in a fun and active way as part of their school’s PE 4-6 week curriculum. The initiative would not have flourished without the funding of Dublin City Council, Sport Ireland and NUI Galway.
In addition Carlow Youth services put massive resources into the programme to run it in Carlow town and county. Get Going Get Rowing has also grown from strength to strength with the assistance of partnerships with local sports partnerships in Limerick, Carlow and Cork as well as Active Schools flag and Healthy Ireland.
This was a day of fun racing creating a clear pathway for those who enjoy the sport to camps, clubs and beyond.
Get Going Get Rowing partners Dublin City Council, Sport Ireland and Waterways Ireland also took part in a 250m “splash and dash” in the early afternoon. Although Sport Ireland ladies took an initial lead the mixed crew from DCC took the lead to win home, with Waterways Ireland experiencing difficulties at the start.
Speaking after the event programme manager Michelle Carpenter said “This event has finally given us the opportunity to lead these girls to the water to camps and clubs. We are delighted that Dublin City Council together with Waterways Ireland have opened the way to showcase our programme on the waterways in the heart of the City Centre.”
“We already have been approached by numerous girls wanting to join camps, clubs and learn how to row. In addition, community coaches and teachers have been buzzing with excitement from all participants during their journey’s home.”
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