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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Local rowing club make big splash

Published 02/04/2014|05:36

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Tralee Rowing Club members DJ Hanafin and Tommy Pope at the Basin.

TRALEE'S glorious canal appeared even more vibrant to participants in Trek Tralee on Saturday thanks to the presence of members of Tralee Rowing Club gliding gracefully over its sheltered waters.

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TRALEE'S glorious canal appeared even more vibrant to participants in Trek Tralee on Saturday thanks to the presence of members of Tralee Rowing Club gliding gracefully over its sheltered waters.

The club's young rowers showed the canal off in all its glory as a brilliant location for water activities as well as for the running and walking route it represents for so many in town.

Members of the club put on a first-class demonstration of the sport as Trek Tralee participants passed along the canal bank on Saturday, in an ideal opportunity for the club to showcase its obvious merits.

These merits were clear for all to see on what is a very exciting time for the club as it prepares to construct a dedicated boathouse that will allow it cater to growing demand in the community.

Indeed, the club's story is inextricably linked with the modern history of the canal.

The regeneration of the canal ultimately allowed for the formation of the club in 2005, when former UCG rower Mary Bonner came on board as head coach.

New to the town back then, Mary was the sole coach responsible for the development of 10 initial members. Almost 10 years later and the club enjoys an active membership of over 40 with a community of coaches established thanks to training programmes run by Rowing Ireland in recent years.

"We've come a long way indeed and we were delighted to provide a bit of background activity for the Radio Kerry Trek Tralee on Saturday, which we were asked to do." "The basin is just a fantastic amenity and we're the envy of a few other rowing clubs in Kerry as it provides an almost year-round stable environment, when other clubs can't go out on the water. The high banks of the canal keep it well sheltered and strong wind is our only real enemy," Mary explained.

Ideally, the canal would be longer for the rowers as they are forced to break their stride, 1,500 metres down from the boathouse, to negotiate the bridge at Blennerville. But the basin at the boathouse is a perfect training ground for beginners.

"Unfortunately at the moment we cannot cater to growing demand as we are at capacity due to our small boathouse, which is a truck container. But we have obtained planning permission for a new boathouse and we hope to get sports capital grant funding later this year to allow us build it," Mary said.

At an estimated cost of €110,000, the new boathouse will allow the club expand even more and lay the foundation for the coming decades.

Kerryman

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