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Love Rowing to work alongside WinTech Racing x Rowing Blazers collaboration

WinTech Racing has announced that it has partnered with fashion brand and design lab Rowing Blazers to create a limited-edition single racing shell. For every limited-edition boat sold, WinTech Racing will donate one of their Explorer learn-to-row singles to clubs and organisations around the world whose membership programs prioritise inclusion and diversity.

In the UK, WinTech Racing has chosen to partner with Love Rowing (British Rowing's Charitable Foundation) to ensure the donated boats go to clubs and other organisations with strong diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Helen Rowbotham, Director of Love Rowing said “We are excited to be collaborating with WinTech Racing and Rowing Blazers on this exciting initiative to support accessible and inclusive rowing for communities that are currently underrepresented in the sport. The Wintech Explorer 21 is perfect for adaptive and recreational rowing as well as newcomers to the sport, so it's a great fit for our accessible and inclusive school, adaptive and community programmes.”

Jack Wilson, Director at WinTech Racing UK said “The last year or so has been particularly challenging for the rowing community and we are delighted to be able to partner with Rowing Blazers & Love Rowing to not only give back and help grow our community but also to ensure we help make rowing a more diverse and inclusive sport.

The WinTech Racing x Rowing Blazers Single will be available from 18 May 2021. For more information visit https://wintechracing.com/rowingblazers/

Howden is one of the UK's largest independent insurance brokers. They provide specialist insurance to over 300 sports and recreation associations, including British Rowing, as part of global insurance group Hyperion. 

Thanks to their generous support, a new Introduction to Adaptive Rowing training course, which will be rolled out across the British Rowing regions later this year, is currently in development. We are working closely with adaptive rowers, the Activity Alliance and our leading adaptive rowing clubs and coaches to ensure high quality content that is tailored to the needs of the sport. 

With the generous support of property firm Grafton, Love Rowing initiated a pilot of its community programme in February 2020, working in partnership with The United Estates of Wythenshawe (UEW) in Greater Manchester and national charity partner StreetGames. As well as receiving a set of Concept 2 rowing machines, staff and volunteers received training as well as support and guidance from Love Rowing, British Rowing and StreetGames. Whilst Covid-19 led to a pause in activity, the pilot is now getting back up and running.

Samantha, a Community Leader for UEW, told us that “The whole team loved the training and are really excited about getting our local community indoor rowing. Whilst Covid-19 led to the temporary closure of our centre, it has also reinforced the important role we play in the physical and mental health of everyone we work with. The Love Rowing programme will therefore be more important than ever when we are back up and running”.

On the evening of 21 November 2019 over 200 people from around the sport of rowing joined together at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich to celebrate the launch of Love Rowing. Through the enormous generosity of guests and corporate benefactors alike, the event raised over £50,000. 

Howden, the Port of London Authority and Grafton were announced as programme partners and the night could not have happened without support from our event sponsors – SAS, Official Analytics Partner of British Rowing and law firm Macfarlanes LLP.

Highlights included a ‘Rowing’s Greatest Moments’ panel discussion, chaired by Sir Matthew Pinsent. The GB rowers past and present on the panel chose Dame Katherine Grainger’s London 2012 Gold medal as their greatest moment.

Passionate speeches from Sophie Harris and Josh Bugajski about the importance of the charity and even an indoor rowing challenge, supported by WaterRower, completed the entertainment.

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