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Indoor rowing championships grow in popularity

December 15, 2016

Over 1,500 indoor rowers descended on the Lee Valley VeloPark in London on Saturday, December 10, for the third British Rowing Indoor Championships (BRIC). The full day of races – which included Junior, Masters and Relay competitions – is a key date in the calendar for many rowers and has seen consistent growth over the past two years.

BRIC follows the launch of British Rowing’s Go Row Indoor strategy, which aims to double participation in the sport in the next five years.

In the women’s open classification, Emily Carmichael held off a strong challenge from Rebecca Girling and Rebecca Chin to retain the title she won last year. Carmichael stopped the clock at 6.45:1, winning by over two seconds from Girling.

As part of the Go Row Indoor strategy, the sport’s National Governing Body, British Rowing, is uniting industry partners to address barriers to participation and growth and provide a collective voice and profile for the sport of indoor rowing. Current plans for Go Row Indoor in 2017 include new class models for gym and studio, the appointment of Master Trainers, instructor training programmes, the development of online leagues, software partnerships, national and regional events and a consumer awareness campaign.


Helen Rowbotham, Director of Innovation from British Rowing commented:

‘Indoor rowing is steadily becoming more popular and it’s wonderful to see elite rowers from Rio 2016 competing indoor too, alongside club rowers. We want to create a generation of indoor rowers that feel connected to our sport and we hope that through the Indoor Championships we have inspired even more people to give indoor rowing a go. We look forward to hosting a bigger and even better BRIC in 2017.’

For more information and the full set of results go to: indoorchamps.britishrowing.org

The Women’s Sports Magazine





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