Indoor rowing was introduced in 2007 to drive rowing development in South Africa and focuses on previously disadvantaged areas. The focus is not only on the school that runs the programme, but to ensure sustainability it also involves the parents and the community at large.
GOAL OF THE PROJECT
Talent identification and transformation
The goal of the project was to use indoor rowing as a vehicle for talent identification and transform the sport of rowing across age, gender and disability.
Positive impact on young, disadvantaged South Africans
Even more importantly, this sport has given young, disadvantaged South Africans who have grown-up with enormous hardships and day-to-day challenges, an outlet which helps them build their self-esteem, enjoy camaraderie with friends, and appreciate the physical health benefits of exercising hard and eating well.
TEACH LIFE SKILLS
Form societal bonds
Teaching these young people discipline, commitment and healthy living will form strong societal bonds in our diverse community in South Africa and encourage their success in the future.