THE Buckingham Rowing Club in New Town has a long and proud history of rowing success dating back to its formation in 1910.
A Tasmanian Government Sport and Recreation Grant of more than $5,500 will assist the club – affectionately referred to as “Bucks” – to grow and prosper with the purchase of a new dingy and outboard motor.
Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer, who delivered news of the funding, said the new dinghy would be used as a coaching boat.
“The new dinghy is desperately needed as the club has many new, younger members and this will help ensure that these novice rowers stay safe on the water,” she said.
“The dinghy is stainless steel and comes with an outboard motor and all the latest safety features, including lights.”
The Buckingham Rowing Club has always been one of the premier rowing clubs of Tasmania with an enviable tradition of success nationally and internationally in both male and female events, from junior rowing through to the very popular veteran events.
Most recently, Meaghan Volker became the first Buckingham rower to take part in the Olympics, making her debut as part of the women’s eight rowing team to compete in Rio in 2016.
According to Ms Volker, the grant for the new dinghy couldn’t have come at a better time for the club, which caters for all levels of rowing from ‘learn to row’ through to elite.
“The grant is helping us because it means we can get more crews out on the water, which will allow us to assist more people to get into rowing,” Ms Volker said.
“The funding is definitely well needed and will be particularly handy for our novice rowers.
“Our coaches are very excited to have a new tinny that isn’t 40-50-years-old.”
Caption: Buckingham Rowing Club members, from left, Meaghan Volker, Fiona Anderson and Christie Crow with Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer.