We row once or twice a week on the river Corrib, all year round, weather permitting. We row for the sheer delight of being on the river Corrib with its herons and swans; its swimmers and fishermen; and its currents and calm waters. Perhaps it’s due to having had a cancer diagnosis, but we all seem to have an increased awareness and appreciation for how fortunate we are to be out on the water, exercising with friends as we glide past the beautiful ivy clad ruin of Menlo Castle.
Our club is inclusive, recreational and welcoming. Apart from our rowing, we often meet up for other activities organized by our members. We have regular rambles and hill walks, we have tried yoga and the Alexander technique, swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding. Being such a diverse group of people, we have many skill sets which we gladly share, and of course we get together regularly to have a drink or dinner.
We have been proud to participate in health and fitness studies with NUIG post graduate students and we co-operate and accept referrals from Cancer Care West.
We are open to pushing the boundaries, getting out of our comfort zones, experiencing new adventures and challenges and we welcome all wish to join in the fun.
Rowing is a cerebral low impact sport that utilizes the whole body and is accessible to all, regardless of fitness level. While a certain level of fitness is helpful, full training is offered by certified coaches and absolute beginners are welcome. Nor is age a barrier, our members range from early forty to late sixty.
Regaining a level of fitness, learning the skill of rowing, training and being part of a rowing crew in a very supportive, non competitive, fun manner are just some of the many benefits cancer patients have found when they join our crew.