To finish off what can only be described as a great week (tiring) but great, the Charity Oars headed to The British Championships (seniors) at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham as guests of the Chairman, a very wonderful chap called Jim Harlow.
With all of the sportsmen and women, television and film stars as well as public figures the Charity Oars had met up until now, the one sport that was missing (rather ironically) on a pair of oars were rowers. What better place to go and chat to some elite athletes and to raise awareness of thrombosis than at one of the major competitions in their calender.
With a very warm welcome made to us by our hosts and @BritishRowing we set up home in the athletes rest area. For the first time since we started the Charity Oars campaign, I didn’t feel too out of place sat next to a pair of oars, it turns out, everyone had a pair of oars. True, most of the others were made of carbon fibre and seemed more functional than aesthetically pleasing, but the Charity Oars felt at home.
As the day progressed we met a wealth of Olympic Champions, World Champions, and future stars of the sport. The support that so many of these athletes gave to our campaign was wonderful, also, to have the opportunity to discuss our campaign and the reasons behind it was a great thing.
We also had the chance to talk with Annamarie Phelps, the chairman of British Rowing and it was encouraging that the governing body were proactive in their awareness of blood clots for all athletes. We’re also looking forward to meeting Annamarie and her team at the inaugural British Rowing Indoor Championships which will take place on 8thFebruary 2015 and will be staged at one of the most iconic venues of the London 2012 Olympics – The Olympic Velodrome. To find out more click here.
So from the Charity Oars to the British Championships and British Rowing, a huge thank you for your support and encouragement in our campaign.