The Get Going…Get Rowing programme will hold its third annual All-Ireland #Blitzit event on Friday 10th November 2017. This year numbers have exceeded expectations with 900 individual participants travelling to Trinity College, Dublin to take part in the event. Schools from as far as West Cork and Sligo will travel to the event.
The Get Going…Get Rowing programme primarily targets secondary schools with a view to actively engaging students with the sport of indoor rowing in a fun and participative environment. In 2016 the programme engaged 16,000 individual students in rowing and in 2017 the programme is on target to engage upward of 20,000 students. Since September 2017 students across the Get Going…Get Rowing centres have engaged in the Olympic Values Education programme, a specific programme devised by World Rowing and Youth Sports Trust International. 14 coaches from around the Globe, including Get Rowing programme manager Michelle Carpenter, were selected by World Rowing to create the programme. The initiative was then rolled out to each of the Get Going…Get Rowing community coaches. The coaches use this education programme to teach the important Olympic values of Fair Play, Respect and Dignity through rowing on the rowing machine. The upcoming Blitz event will enable students to showcase the work that they have done while competing in a rowing competition for the first time with schools from around the country.
Get Going…Get Rowing will have a series of #Blitzit events on their 2017/2018 calendar including the first ever event in Neptune Stadium Cork on Friday 24th November. There will be further events in Carlow and Limerick and the denouement event will be an on-the-water Blitz on April 20th, 2018. This water “splash and dash” event brings the whole year of rowing together in addition to linking the programme to on-the-water rowing, learn-to-row camps and a pathway to clubs and Sport for life.
Friday’s event in Trinity College, Dublin will commence at 10am and conclude at 1pm. Prizes will be presented by programme partners Sport Ireland and Dublin City Council Sport and Well-Being, and races will be in relay format which focuses on teamwork and comradery, in addition to a healthy competition. Volunteers for the event include the 17 “TrY Rowing Coaches” from local clubs Neptune, Commercial and Blackrock who have completed the TY coaching course for rowers.