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Paddling for prowess on view at event
1:03pm Friday 13th September 2013 in News
A NEW generation of rowers will be putting their paddling skills to the test on the waters where double Olympic medalist Zac Purchase first started his journey to success.
On Sunday, Upton Rowing Club will hold its popular annual Beginners Regatta featuring a host of exciting sprint races between crews from around the country who have taken up rowing in the last year. Club officials are hoping spectators will line the banks of the River Severn and roar them on to success.
The regatta is being supported by Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire and races will be running from 11am until about 3pm. Upton Rowing Club spokesman Maurice Stanley said: “There is excellent viewing for competitors and spectators, with the finish line at the old bridge abutment at the Town Quay.”
Dr Stanley believes events of this kind are important for building on the wave of enthusiasm generated by a period of sustained success for Team GB’s rowers.
“People of all ages and gender have started rowing over the past year, having being inspired by the Olympic rowing successes,”
One of those Olympic successes is 27-year-old Zac Purchase, who first learned to row at Upton and is now the club’s vice-president.
There will be more opportunities for people keen to follow in his footsteps as the club soon plan to run more of its successful “learn to row” programmes.
Anyone interested in finding out more can visit uptonrc.org.uk.
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