We want to develop and grow coastal rowing, not just because it is a discipline that we hope will enter the Olympic programme in 2028, but because it is fun and engages communities all around the country.
We want to offer tools for anyone and everyone in rowing, whatever 'rowing' means to them. The facilitation outlined in our Membership, Communications and Tech strategies is valid for all rowing communities, whatever type of rowing they are doing and wherever they are doing it.
We want to create opportunities for people to engage with rowing across the nation's coastline. To try it and be inspired by being out on the water supported by clubs and coaches that will make them feel safe and get the most out of the sport. By creating local opportunities and pathways to all forms of rowing there is a whole audience of would be rowers that are yet to engage with our sport. Through developing new clubs and businesses to deliver greater experiences, promoting them locally and investing in infrastructure coastal rowing has a huge opportunity to grow.
By working with the coastal community our aim is to grow the reach and breadth of opportunities along the 8,000 miles of coastline across the country. Through initially helping to expand the strong pockets of activity that already exist from touring to coastal racing leagues we hope to accelerate the opportunities that are available and create new ones to give more people the opportunity to experience being out on the sea supported by appropriate coaching and guidance.
The the World Rowing Coastal Championships which we are hosting in partnership with Welsh Rowing at Saundersfoot in 2022 create an opportunity to showcase coastal rowing in all of its forms.
With an eye on the 2028 Olympics (where coastal rowing may be included), we have also set up a GB Coastal Sculling Pathway Development Group which aims to develop a pathway to achieve international success in World Rowing Coastal Sculling disciplines. Its objectives are to position GBR as a leading nation in World Rowing Coastal Sculling by developing a grassroots model and pathways leading to high performance in International Beach Sprint Events including Home International Teams (England, Scotland and Wales), Commonwealth Teams (England, Scotland and Wales) and Great Britain Teams, with a specific focus on performance at Saundersfoot in October this year.
The Development Group will share best practice and develop a deeper understanding of What It Takes To Win, enable optimum engagement from community clubs in World Rowing coastal club events, and develop appropriate education for rowers, coaches, boat handlers, event organisers and other volunteers - coordinating activity across England, Scotland & Wales. We want to ensure that opportunities for greater engagement with the coastal community are optimised and aligned, where possible, across the three nations.
We are here to facilitate people's involvement in rowing - which means all rowing communities and all disciplines that anyone might like to have a go at, because people don't all want the same thing. In addition, we need a clear pathway to Olympic selection, with coastal rowing likely to enter the programme in Los Angeles in 2028.