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Cork Kids Get Going through Rowing

Wednesday 29 November 2017

Over 300 children from 11 schools took part in the inaugural Cork Get Going Get Rowing Blitz with Cork Sports Partnership & Rowing Ireland in Neptune Stadium on Friday last 24th November.

The event was the culminating part of this year’s Get Going Rowing programme in Cork which introduced over 500 children to indoor rowing across Cork.

Speaking at the event on Friday, Maurice O’ Sullivan, Senior Development & Marketing Officer with Cork Sports Partnership said “We are absolutely delighted with how today went. To have over 300 children from 11 schools take part in their first indoor Rowing blitz with other schools involved in the programme was great to see. The children and teachers all appeared to enjoy themselves which is what we wanted to achieve from the event”

He added “Today would not have been possible without the support of a number of key people and organisations as well as the schools themselves. Special thanks must go to Rowing Ireland, Lee Valley Rowing Club, Cork Boat Club & Skibbereen Rowing Club & our Rowing Coaches Ellen & Emily for ensuring this programme ran so professionally from start to finish. We were also very ably assisted today by some of Cork Sports Partnership’s Community Coaches and Transition Year students from Cork Boat Club who ensured everything ran smoothly throughout today”.

Also present at the blitz was Michelle Carpenter, Development Manager with Rowing Ireland who said “Today was a great end to the Get Going Get Rowing Schools programme for 2017. So far in 2017 we have introduced Rowing to over 20,000 individual participants through the Get Going, Get Rowing Programme in Ireland. Today’s Cork event is a great start to what we hope will become a very regular programme of schools Rowing in Cork”. She added “We are delighted to partner with Cork Sports Partnership and the local Cork Rowing Clubs on this programme to ensure we reach as many children and schools as possible with Rowing going forward”.

Cork’s event also saw another first with the inclusion of a number of Water Safety workshops with Cork County Council Water Safety Officer, Caroline Casey, who delivered a number of interactive games and presentations to children in between races.  

Schools interested in getting involved in the programme in 2018 should contact Cork Sports Partnership by emailing mosullivan@corksports.ie or filling out the short form here for further information or check out the schools section of the Cork Sports Partnership website.

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About Get Going Get Rowing:

Get Going…Get Rowing, is an initiative by Rowing Ireland together with Sport Ireland, Women in Sport programme. Rowing Ireland has developed the Get Going…Get Rowing programme to encourage students to try rowing. The aim of the programme is to bring rowing to schools, teaching participants basic important rowing skills together with a fun and active curriculum.

About the Cork Get Going Get Rowing Blitz:
  • 120,000 km collectively rowed by participants at Cork’s Blitz.  
  • 60 Teams of 5 took part in the day.
  • 300 children took part in the inaugural Cork Get Going Get Rowing Blitz.
  • 11 schools including 9 primary schools and 2 Secondary Schools took part in the event.  
  • 23 Event Team (volunteers/staff) supported the running of the event on the day.

 

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