Olympic medalist Emma Pooley opens a state-of-the-art £1.3m boathouse after almost a decade of hard work to get it built.
Whitlingham Boathouses Foundation has completed its new boathouses in Trowse near Norwich, with the support of a Charity Bank loan.
The 5 clubs (Norwich Canoe Club, Norwich Rowing Club, UEA Boat Club, Norwich School Boat Club, Norwich High School Rowing Club) within the unique set-up of Whitlingham Boathouses offer opportunities to row and canoe for anyone in the community whether they are looking for novice - elite competition or recreational sport. The clubs combined have over 500 members aged from 8-80 years old.
"We’re getting more people out on the river than ever before. "Max Heron, Whitlingham Boathouses Foundation Trustee
Max Heron, a trustee of the foundation and project team leader, said: “It is fantastic that we have been able to raise the money to complete this great building and organisation that now must rank as one of the best [boathouses] in the country. So many people have worked hard together to help us achieve our target.
"We can proudly say that all of our facilities are
fully accessible for everyone. We have adapted boats for wheelchair users and
we’re getting more people out on the river than ever before. "
Emma Pooley, who cut the ribbon to officially open the boathouses, won Olympic silver in the time trial in 2008 and is a world champion in cycling and duathlon. She was a member of Norwich Rowing Club and rowed and coxed at both school and club level.