Boats could help us find future Olympic champs in South Yorkshire

British Rowing Association launch eight new boats at Rother Valley Country Park. Joseph Pollard takes to the water assisted by rowing instructor Beth Vickers
British Rowing Association launch eight new boats at Rother Valley Country Park. Joseph Pollard takes to the water assisted by rowing instructor Beth Vickers
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Budding Sir Steve Redgraves and Matthew Pinsents joined representatives from British Rowing to take new boats on to water at Rother Valley Country Park for their maiden voyage.

They tested eight new sculling boats which will enable the centre to provide professional instruction for people of all ages following the national Learn to Row scheme.

The park received funding from British Rowing’s Explore Rowing Scheme to provide the boats for courses, lessons and hire.

Jon Hinchcliffe, watersports and activity centre manager, said: “Everyone, including our instructors, has been having great fun on the water with this excellent new addition to our facility.”

Rotherham Council leader Roger Stone said: “With the Olympics in full swing and the rowing events taking centre stage it’s great to have this link with British Rowing.

“Rowing is sometimes seen as an expensive sport but this partnership means it will be accessible to so many more people.

“It would be nice to think that future Olympians could start off their sporting careers at Rother Valley.”