Two LYR participants from Brixton Wings have been selected to take part in a week long rowing course at Dorney Lake, the London 2012 Olympic venue.

Brixton Wings is a community group for low income families based in the London Borough of Lambeth. Now in it 8th year, the group provides children with access to after school and mid-term extra curricular learning including music workshops, such as piano, guitar, drums and singing lessons and also sporting activity in the form of rowing with LYR. They have represented the London Borough of Lambeth at the London Youth Games every year since 2012.

Brixton Wings are an official ‘hub’ for activity as part of LYRs flagship programme, Active Row. Active Row provides 76 schools across London with indoor rowing machines, full time coaches and access to on water rowing thanks to funding from Sport England and Tideway.

‘My favourite thing about rowing is how I get to meet new people,’ said Christlove Asare, successful Eton Rowing Course applicant.

‘I wasn’t really active before. Rowing has made me more active. Through rowing, I have learned that I am actually confident and I’m stronger now.’

Project Manager, Medg Sullivan, helped Maria Meggie, 16ys and Christlove Asare, 11yrs, apply for the Eton Rowing Courses. Maria, who goes to La Retraite Catholic School for Girls, started rowing with Brixton Wings and LYR in 2017. She attends weekly indoor rowing sessions and has completed two learn to row courses with LYR during school holidays. Christlove goes to Harris Girls Academy East Dulwich and has also attended two on-water courses. Both girls competed for Lambeth at this years London Youth Games.

Eton Rowing Courses are run by the National Schools Regatta, who offer six free places on week-long rowing courses during the school summer holidays. The courses are intended for those who, because of financial need, would not otherwise be able to attend. Applicants are normally in receipt of free school meals.

On seeing Dorney Lake and taking part in the Eton Rowing Courses, Christlove said:

‘I am really excited but nervous, because I’ve never rowed at Eton and I’ve never rowed somewhere that the Olympics have been held at. I’m most looking forward to seeing what Eton looks like, and what the water looks like.’

Wishing Maria and Christlove the best of luck this summer!