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Oarsome new boat for Oasis Brightstowe's rowing academy

After an anonymous donation, Oasis Academy Brightstowe has its own boat

Posted by Lucinda Reid | June 27, 2017 | Sports & leisure

A Bristol school has taken delivery of a state-of-the-art boat for its fast-growing rowing academy.

Oasis Academy Brightstowe in Shirehampton has become the first state school in Bristol to give its students the chance to try rowing after it set up its own academy in conjunction with City of Bristol Rowing Club.

Now after an anonymous donation, the academy has unveiled its own coxless quad boat, named The Dalesman.

The boat took to the water on Tuesday 20th June at the Brightstowe academy’s regular’s rowing session in Bristol’s Floating Harbour.

PE teacher Adam Camilleri, who runs the academy, which is sponsored by local employer Nisbets, said the aim was now to reach a standard where Brightstowe could enter a crew into a competitive race next year.

“A dedicated group of our boys and girls from Years 7-11 have taken up the sport since we teamed up with City of Bristol Rowing Club and now we are the first state school in the city to run a rowing academy with its own boat for students’ use,” said Adam. “We are developing a highly committed group, none of whom has ever rowed before. The aim is to develop a sustainable academy that has a profile in the community and now with our own boat, it can go from strength to strength.”

Andy Wiberg, City of Bristol Rowing Club, added: “Our club was formerly the Bristol dockers’ rowing club and it has always been about inclusivity. The Brightstowe students are fantastic to coach and having their own coxless quad is a tremendous asset that will enable them to go on to the next level.”

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