Rowers get donation of new double sculls boat

Two young rowers from Cambois Rowing Club test out the new boat after the launch event.
Two young rowers from Cambois Rowing Club test out the new boat after the launch event.
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A ROWING club is aiming to make a splash thanks to its latest donation.

Cambois Rowing Club, which celebrated its centenary anniversary last year, has been presented with a brand now ultra modern boat which will help members compete at the highest level.

The club was presented with the new equipment by Tony Platten, chairman of local electronics firm Tynetec.

He was impressed by the club’s work in giving young people an activity while listening to a presentation by Barrie Hanley at a Rotary Club of Blyth meeting in 2009.

Mr Platten was on hand to present the new double scull carbon fibre boat to the club at a presentation ceremony at the beginning of the month.

It is hoped the modern boat will allow the club to compete at the highest possible level and encourage more youngsters from their area to join the club.

The club has an outstanding record of producing rowers who have represented England and at present have two members in the Great Britain squad.

Club chairman John Matthews said: “We are very grateful to Tynetec for their generous donation.

“The double scull will be used for scullers moving up from junior to senior level.

“A new boat gives Cambois rowers a better chance when competing against some of the more well known clubs at local and national level.”

Barrie Hanley, senior coach, added: “The boat that the new Tynetec double scull is replacing was purchased in 1993 second-hand at the time.

“The new Tynetec boat is far superior, is lighter, and puts Cambois crews on equal terms with competitors.

“Two of our J14 boys used the boat to compete at the Great Britain national championships in July.”