Participation in Friends of Rowing is an important part of the Fintona rowing experience and one of the ways for parents to engage themselves in the life of the School.
Friends of Rowing is led by a committee of parents, together with the Rowing Coordinator in a liaison role. All parents, whose daughters participate in rowing, are members of the Friends of Rowing Committee and are encouraged to get involved.
Friends of Rowing Activities
Friends of Rowing provide practical support to their daughter’s chosen sport and have the opportunity to visit locations all over Victoria.
Rowing is an increasingly expensive sport – Rowing boats are expensive pieces of equipment and need regular maintenance and replacement, boats and girls are transported all across Victoria, camps are run and regatta entry fees paid. Friends of Rowing raises funds each year to match the School’s commitment, ensuring the program’s vitality and continuity. Fundraising is one of the key networking opportunities parents have with each other and with the rowing crews. In recent years Friends of Rowing parents have earned the group an enviable reputation in coordinating Trivia Nights and many a Bunnings’ Sausage Sizzle.
Friends of Rowing parents arrange car pools to cover transport of the girls to rowing training sessions on the Yarra River and to regattas in Geelong, Carrum and Nagambie. This demonstrates a level of teamwork and interdependence that is mirrored by the girls themselves as they grow to understand how success is a shared outcome. Parents provide support at regattas by towing trailers, preparing picnics and setting up the Fintona tents for both spectators and crews. They are integral in planning the start of season rowing breakfast, and the annual end of season Friends of Rowing awards night.
The sound of parents cheering encouragement from the river bank is a morale and performance lifter for the crews. It is also an important role model of good sportsmanship for the girls and is a trait common among all the parents and schools who have crews rowing in the competitions. Friends of Rowing is a great way for you to be involved in the life of the School as a member of a practical group of parents in a very hands-on sport.
For more information about Friends of Rowing, contact Fintona’s Rowing Coordinator, Alex Clark.