The announcement was made at the annual Get Going…Get Rowing Blitz in Grand Canal Dock. This partnership will see a range of Rowing Ireland programmes including Row for Life, the Get Going Get Rowing schools programme and Transition Year Rowing Coach programme, avail of Waterways Ireland facilities and sites to help promote improved levels of fitness, health and wellness across all ages in a fun and sociable environment. The partnership will include sponsorship of the Blitz it events on the water at Grand Canal Dock and the River Shannon in Limerick to enable those from the Get Going…Get Rowing programme to transition onto the water and take the pathways to clubs. The pathway’s regattas will reinforce this by creating a pathway to competing on the water for life in regatta’s around the country in rivers and waterway of Ireland. Promoting rowing and the pathway from ergometer to club to rowing for all a lifelong involvement in the sport.
Minister Madigan TD, said “I am delighted that today’s event highlights the Strategic Partnership between Waterways Ireland and Rowing Ireland and their efforts to promote the use of Ireland’s waterways to promote health and wellbeing. I wish to commend the two organisations for their efforts in this regard”
Sharon Lavin, Head of Marketing and Communications, Waterways Ireland said – “Waterways Ireland are delighted to launch our strategic partnership with Rowing Ireland. For Waterways Ireland partnerships are an ideal opportunity to encourage people to see inland waterways as a fitness and recreational opportunity for them. through working at a strategic level with Rowing Ireland, further programmes will be developed and people young and old will learn skills to help them stay fit and healthy for life.“
Speaking at the event Rowing Ireland CEO, Michelle Carpenter said “Waterways Ireland are key partners for Rowing Ireland and we are delighted to launch our partnership. Our Get Going…Get Rowing programme, that has engaged 30,000 individual students in 2018 is key to transitioning those from our school’s programme to on the water rowing and activity on the water for life and our clubs. These values are significant elements of our strategic plan and we are thrilled to work hand in hand with our partners in Waterways Ireland”.
About Waterways Ireland
Waterways Ireland manages, maintains, develops and promotes over 1000km inland navigable waterways principally for recreational purposes. A key focus of Waterways Ireland is inspiring more people to discover and enjoy recreational activities on the inland waterways, and to explore these rich environment and heritage attractions.