Rowing enthusiasts revive Fiordland club

Last updated 05:00 04/02/2014
Lindsay Pearce and Doug Fox
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Fiordland Rowing Club president Lindsay Pearce, left, and vice-president Doug Fox discuss arrangements for the club’s open day.

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A bunch of rowing enthusiasts in Te Anau are breathing life back into the sport in the Fiordland area and are calling on others to join in the fun.

In January last year a small group united to revive the Fiordland Rowing Club which had been in the wilderness since the 1980s.

They have spent the past 12 months building up funds and buying skiffs for the club to use and have also joined forces with the Marakura Yacht Club, where the Fiordland Rowing Club is basing itself.

Fiordland Rowing Club vice-president Doug Fox said the plan was to eventually pull together the funding to build s own boat shed.

The club will hold an open day on Saturday from 9am at the Marakura Yacht Club in a bid to boost their numbers.

They will give potential new members the chance to have a crack on the water with the guidance of some confident rowers.

Fox said they had made some big strides as a club in the past 12 months and he hoped they might be able to pick up a few new members on Saturday.

Six or seven of us got together in January 2013 and now we're 12 months down the track and we've got 14 skiffs, we've got new sculls and oars and we've got a boat trailer. We're also affiliated to New Zealand rowing."

He said they had received a lot of support from the Te Anau community and in particular Meridian Energy, Sandfly Cafe and Fresh Choice.

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- The Southland Times

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