Saturday, 24 January 2015

The Minerva Bath Spend a Penny Campaign reaps rewards

On a sleety morning in January 2015 Minerva Bath Rowing Club celebrated an auspicious moment in their 100 year history – the opening of the first ever loos and showers at the club. 

John and his Fan Club !
Having endured a pit loo and a portaloo since 1914 they have, with the help of Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund, a grant from their local council and a fundraising drive by members, opened what might just be the most expensive of basic facilities in the rowing club world.  Logistical issues with access to fresh water and sewerage, planning issues and environmental concerns have meant the 2 year project has faltered many times along the way.  But as you would expect from a bunch of competitive rowers tenacity and perseverance and a determination not to be diverted from the goal have paid off 

John Inverdale
With a message of congratulations from patron Helen Glover and a guest appearance, speech and ribbon cutting by none other than BBC sports presenter John Inverdale the club feel their star is rising.  We were also very fortunate that 'The GODS' mens 4 made a special appearance to add a little sparkle to the event.

 Tara Sexton the club’s junior representative (age 18) gave the main address thanking sponsors, donors and members for enduring 2 years of what was termed ‘austerity Minerva’ with all money being directed to the project; she was followed by British Rowing Start athlete Frazier Christie who talked of the difference the facilities will make to the Start athletes who train out of Minerva.  The Speeches

Tara Sexton making her mum very proud
It is business as usual next weekend when crews take to the water for training, with plenty of races to work for including the biggest women’s eight race on the tideway, Wehorr.

The invited local dignitaries

Where's Ben ?

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