The Shanly Foundation has donated £3,500 to the Maidenhead Rowing Club, enabling the club to fund a brand new adaptive double sculling boat for disabled rowers.
As the club continues to diversify and welcome new members of all ages and abilities, the donation will allow disabled and less abled members to take to the water. The new boat will easily convert from a sliding to a fixed seat for adaptive members who will be able to row without using their legs or bodies.
The new boat will suit members with varying disabilities, those without the use of their legs, limited arm movement, spinal injuries, visual impairments or learning difficulties. Maidenhead Rowing Club will now host adaptive (para) races at its Regatta on August 11th.
Nick Steel, adaptive rowing coach, comments: “We are extremely grateful to the Shanly Foundation for this generous donation, the boat will enable us to get more disabled people onto the water, to enjoy our sport, support their health and well-being, and to develop new friendship”.
Along with the donation for the new boat, the Shanly Foundation has also given £450 to fund the running costs of both Maidenhead Rowing Club’s senior Regatta on August 11th and its Junior Regatta on May 20th. The Junior Regatta is set to attract 500 children from 12 different clubs across the South East. This regatta is specifically designed for less experienced junior rowers, many of whom are experiencing racing for the first time. The event is now a firmly established favourite with other rowing clubs and schools in the region and operates of full capacity (around 85 crews) every year.