MAKING A SPLASH: Storm King Dam Boat Club is off and running.
MAKING A SPLASH: Storm King Dam Boat Club is off and running. Contributed

New water sport rows out onto Storm King Dam

Rowing: A new sport is making a splash around Stanthorpe after the Storm King Boat Club was officially launched on October 13.

The club will initially focus on rowing, however there are plans to bring in other water sports, such as sailing, into the future.

More than 60 guests gathered among the rowing shells, travelling from as far as Rockhampton and Papua New Guinea to recognise the efforts of members who have brought the club to reality.

SKBC spokeswoman Kate Dearden said the club would initially be focusing on introducing people to rowing.

"It's not just a sport you can be shown how to do once and be able to do it,” Dearden said.

"Our beginners membership is a three month block and at the end of the three months they can choose to join for the remainder of the year.”

She said rowing was a sport which required a time commitment, however rowers reaped many physical benefits.

"It's a really good balance of using your strength and building your endurance at the same time,” she said.

"It's definitely one of the best forms of exercise you can do.”

She said the sport was not suitable for young children due to the size of the equipment.

However anyone aged 13 and up was welcome to join up.

"You have to be pretty much adult size to get into rowing,” she said.

"But I know up to 85-year-olds who row.”

Participants can choose to row individually or in a crew of up to eight people.

Dearden hoped as the club grew they would be able to start rowing competitively.

"As you learn to row you build fitness at the same time the two things improve together,” she said.

"Even though you're repeating the same stroke, every single stroke you're trying to make that better.”

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