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New seat to help rowers in contest

Gary O’Callaghan, Wendy Coghill and Sam and May from 02 Performance

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New seat to help rowers in contest

The Queensland Indoor Rowing Championships will be held at the O2 Performance centre, beginning on Sunday October 1.

The Sunshine Coast Indoor Rowing Club has donated a tractor seat to O2 Performance Fitness Centre that will now be used in the Queensland Indoor Rowing Championships after the event was postponed from June to October.

Wendy Coghill and Gary O’Callaghan of The Sunshine Coast Indoor Rowing Club donated the tractor seat to the O2 Performance team at the Sports Hub in Bokarina.

The seat helps sufferers of lower back pain and athletes with physical disabilities to row comfortably without injury.

The Queensland Indoor Rowing Championships will be held at the O2 Performance centre. The competition begins on Sunday October 11 and consists of five individual events with para-athlete sections included as well as a schools’ challenge.

A range of ages will be participating from under 10s to the oldest competitor, 95-year-old Vince Home, who is also visually impaired.

Ms Coghill is the president of the Sunshine Coast Indoor Rowing Club and has been involved with the sport for more than 20 years.

She says the tractor seat is quite popular with older rowers. “It’s really great. I’ve used it quite a few times and been really interested in my times actually.

“I’ve done some better times with the tractor seat than I did with the normal one.”

Ms Coghill  believes anyone can enjoy indoor rowing and encourages locals to try it for themselves.

“Anyone’s welcome to take part in this; you don’t have to be part of a club or organisation so anyone can give it a go.

“It’s great for training and fitness because it activates almost all parts of the body.”

Wendy thinks that despite the COVID-19 restrictions, supporters will still be passionate at the event.

“There’ll be a great atmosphere at the championships because everybody always cheers everyone else on, regardless of ability or experience or age,” she says.

If you’d like to take part in the Queensland Rowing Championships visit qldir.com for more information.

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