Sports Opportunity Award Helps Cornwall Junior Rowers

St Germans Rowing Club hopes its new arrival will encourage even more children out onto the water.


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A delighted Cornwall sailing and rowing club has taken delivery of its pride and joy, a brand new flash boat, supported by the Samworth Brothers Sports Opportunity Fund.
The rowing section at St Germans has expanded in all age groups recently and the committee hopes their junior rowers will continue to grow, both in numbers and in personal development. The new wooden boat will be a great lift, not only to enthuse the children but also in practical terms as, at 3mm thickness, it is lighter than existing boats. The club received a £4,500 award from the Fund. 
Club member Lesley Banyard, who applied for the award, says the excitement has been building for months since local boat builder Peter Williams set to work in November. When word came that the boat was ready, Lesley and friends headed to the yard where Peter put the boat in the water and towed her across the river to St Germans’ waiting trailer on the Fowey side, where the team donned their wellies and helped to bring her ashore. With tides against for a week, the anticipation became almost unbearable until the boat was officially launched and rowers took turns in taking her out. Lesley says: “The build quality, design and craftsmanship exceeded our expectations, and on the water it handled beautifully.  This will finally give our juniors a real opportunity to row in a wonderful boat. It’s the first time we have been able to give them such fantastic equipment. Our original second hand boats were heavy and permanently leaking!”
Sports Opportunity Award Helps Cornwall Junior Rowers
The club’s aim is to help children to build confidence, as well as staying fit and active: Lesley says: “We’ve seen children really come out of their shells when they’ve achieved something on the water. It’s been a brilliant thing to do.” The club is offering taster sessions and welcomes all youngsters from the area to come and explore ways of enjoying sport on the water.
If your organisation opens the door for more children to become involved in sport and you think you may qualify for a Samworth Brothers award please contact