Prospective rowers are being encouraged to check out the Dunstan Arm Rowing Club when it opens its doors to the public this weekend and next.
Newcomers were welcome to “come and and give rowing a go” and have a “no-obligation chance to get in a boat”, club member Emma Scarlett said.
All secondary school rowers, and those beginning high school next year, as well as masters rowers, were welcome, Mrs Scarlett said.
The Dunstan club, based on Lake Dunstan, just above the Clyde Dam, catered for a wide range of rowers, including recreational rowers and those competing to a high level, she said.
The club has has significant recent success.
In the 2018-19 season, master rowers achieved at local, national and international events. They won multiple gold medals and trophies at the South Island Masters, 13 gold medals at the New Zealand Masters, and six golds at the United States Masters Championships.
But the most significant area of growth on the water in recent years had been in school-age rowing, with Dunstan High School, Mrs Scarlett said.
“In 2012, Dunstan was not even in the top 60 schools at Maadi Cup (the National Championships for school rowing in New Zealand). Earlier this year, at the 2019 Maadi Cup, Dunstan High School was fifth in the overall medal tally, and the second-best sculling
school. This is a staggering result when you consider the depth of the rowing programmes of many of the competing schools.'”
The success of the Dunstan club culminated in it receiving the New Zealand Rowing Association 2019 Club of the Year award.