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healthy bytes: row your boat


Third in our December series of women’s sports, rowing! Read on for the health benefits of rowing, the local rowing clubs, and women’s rowing as a professional sport.

Why row?

Rowing is about strength, cardio and flexibility. A low-impact form of exercise, it strengthens muscles and joints throughout the body without the strain of weights or sweat of jogging. You can row at your own pace, and you can row on your own or with a team; at the gym or across the river.

…And because it’s fun. Here are some more reasons, compiled by rowing brand Concept 2.

Where can I row?

Try out the rowing machine at your local gym, or else select your state on this page to find your local club.

What is women’s rowing like on a professional level?

Australian women’s rowing was rather successful in the 2012 London Olympics, scoring two silver medals in the team events and one bronze in the individual events. One athlete to watch is Kim Crow, who took home two of those medals.

In terms of sexism in rowing, the Australian rowing administration sparked controversy at the London Olympics when they included five male reserves in the Olympic team who would stay in the Village, but no female reserves. According to section manager Ray Ebert, ‘It’s about prioritising how crews are going to go and where the biggest risk of injuries are and those lay with the lightweight men and the other male crews.’ Hmm…

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