History

The Wanaka Rowing Club was formed in 2007 as a result of the enthusiasm of a small number of of Wanaka parents, interested rowers, coaches and enthusiasts. The club started with just 7 keen rowers. Now, in 2013, some of these original rowers have moved on and we have a new, larger group of fresh faces with us. These years of growth and change have been eventful as we gradually acquired boats, oars and asssociated equipment. We have managed to purchase many new boats (including a new coach boat in 2013 due to the generosity of the Olive and Graham West Trust) to add to and take the place of our long-serving second hand boats we started with. Over the years, we have gone from a handful of enthusiasts to being a club with a well-established position as a competitive sport in Wanaka.

A number of people have been critical to the first few years of the club. Some have been with us from day one, some have moved on to other things and others have come in later to carry on the good work. All have contributed mightily and we welcome anybody interested in the sport who may wish to row or help out to .

Give one of us a call and make yourself known.

Our next big challenge is find a location alongside the lake to build a permanent space to house our equipment including our single, double and quad boats. If we are to continue to  grow to become a force to be reckoned with on not only a regional, but a national scale, a lakeside base is essential. It is difficult to carry the boats 100 metres and across a main road to the lake, especially for our smaller junior members, and carrying them back after a hard training session has proved difficult for many.

The new Wanaka Watersports facility is almost here……we just need to get through the appeal and then enjoy our new waterfront home.

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2 Responses to “History”

  1. Amanda Inkster December 5, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

    HI Jamie,
    Brilliant new upgrade. Love it.

    Well done. Very impressive.
    I have loads to contribute just little time to do it so may inundate you with information shortly if that’s OK.

    Amanda

    • Jamie December 6, 2011 at 11:05 am #

      Thanks!
      Yeah that would be great to get more info onto this site… still have to copy over a few things off the old website, but nearly there.
      If it would make it easier I can give you an account where you can post stuff on this site yourself etc.

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