British help develop Afghan rowing team

Wednesday, 12 December 2007
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Lending an oar: Afghan rowers training in kayaks
Lending an oar: Afghan rowers training in kayaks
Here is a great story from the world of competitive paddling:

Eton College, the home of the 2006 World Rowing Championships have donated several boats to a fledgling Afghanistan training club.

Currently the Afghan rowing team can't actually row in Afghanistan because they don't have any boats. Instead they are forced to train alongside Pakistani rowers, in Pakistani boats, on a lake outside of Pakistan's capital, Islamabad.

The donation all came together when Britain's ambassador to Afghanistan, Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles persuaded Eton College to donate two coxed fours and two coxless fours to Afghanistan's Water Sports Federation.

Eton's headmaster Tony Little said: "We are delighted to be able to help. It would be wonderful if the Afghan team could come to Eton to compete in the Olympics in 2012. "The boats we are sending them are five to ten years old but in a good condition. They are perfect for training."

More info: worldrowing.com
Photo Credit: dailymail.co.uk
Lending an oar: Afghan rowers training in kayaks
Lending an oar: Afghan rowers training in kayaks
Here is a great story from the world of competitive paddling:

Eton College, the home of the 2006 World Rowing Championships have donated several boats to a fledgling Afghanistan training club.

Currently the Afghan rowing team can't actually row in Afghanistan because they don't have any boats. Instead they are forced to train alongside Pakistani rowers, in Pakistani boats, on a lake outside of Pakistan's capital, Islamabad.

The donation all came together when Britain's ambassador to Afghanistan, Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles persuaded Eton College to donate two coxed fours and two coxless fours to Afghanistan's Water Sports Federation.

Eton's headmaster Tony Little said: "We are delighted to be able to help. It would be wonderful if the Afghan team could come to Eton to compete in the Olympics in 2012. "The boats we are sending them are five to ten years old but in a good condition. They are perfect for training."

More info: worldrowing.com
Photo Credit: dailymail.co.uk


David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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