Te Awamutu Rowing Club Boat Shed Extensions
Story by Eloise Angus
After an influx of rowers this season, a new extension on the existing boat shed is being built at the Te Awamutu Rowing Club.
The club has been fundraising for seven months, with raffles, kiwifruit sales and stocktakes and recently received a $12,000 lotteries grant from the Lotteries Commission.
Club Captain Wendy Legg said the extension will be able to accommodate 14 new boats, with two bays added to the existing shed as well as a viewing room.
It will be much more "user friendly" for the younger rowers, with the boats lower to the ground for easy access into and out of the water.
Volunteers are labouring every Saturday morning to complete the project which is expected to finish in November.
Mrs Legg hopes the new boat shed will bring more "talent" into the club, and attract more younger rowers, masters and supporters alike.
"The club has a fantastic base of parental support" says Wendy, which makes the club a true family affair.
Already with word of development spreading, the club has picked up two new talented coaches and several new rowers in each age group, including masters.
Further boat purchases have already being planned for next season.