State-of-art gym opened in moving ceremony

Phoebe Ross hands the formal ceremony scissors back to Mike Brown after opening Friendship Rowing Club's new gym

Phoebe Ross hands the formal ceremony scissors back to Mike Brown after opening Friendship Rowing Club's new gym

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A large crowd of members attended the formal opening of the Friendship Rowing Club’s new state of the art gym on Sunday.

In a moving speech, president of the club, Mike Brown, thanked his committee for their hard work and vision on the project, as well as the architects and builders.

Special thanks also went to Monks Haven restaurant who had sponsored the barbeque that followed.

It being Fathers’ Day Sunday, it was fitting that the gym was formally opened by Phoebe Ross, the daughter of dedicated member Mark Ross who passed away during the year following a long battle with cancer.

Equipped with four rowing machines, two ‘skiergs’ and full weight training facilities, officials at the club are confident all is in place to enable its competitors to achieve high levels of fitness and conditioning.

As the club’s Performance Director, Steve Wilson explained: ”It’s one thing being fit, another thing altogether being fit for purpose, which a lot of people don’t understand.

“We can now monitor and set targets for each individual rower to achieve, and it’s then over to the coaches to fine-tune the actual technique on the water”.

Alongside the training equipment, the gym is also equipped with television and cameras to give crews feedback on their performance.

Head coach Luke Clarkson was enthusiastic.

“It’s certainly made folk sit up and take notice,” he said, “and my crew in particular looks forward to their feedback session after each outing.

“I’ve been really pleased by the response to the cameras from everybody, as it’s the only way we will improve”.

His view was shared by novice rower Stu Cook: “Being new to the sport, it has helped me perfect my technique,” he said, “and with the great facilities we now have at the club I’m hoping it won’t be long before I win my first race – hopefully at Scarborough Regatta”.

Both Fishermen’s and Friendship rowing clubs will be competing at Scarborough Regatta on 6 and 7 July.