Rowing at Coleraine Inst has a committed, dedicated and enthusiastic following, with many boys from years 9 to 14 taking the opportunity to represent their school on the water. The new boathouse and changing facilities that are shared with the rugby club opened in 2011 and donations from Old Boys have helped with the purchase of new equipment recently.
Most training takes place on the River Bann and during the winter months it can be cold and tempestuous, often proving a more intimidating adversary than many competitors. As a result only the hardiest and most dedicated row for Coleraine Inst.
Since 2010 Mr Black has lead the coaching team, setting out a rigorous training regime on and off the water . Training is as focused as it is been relentless. Using training programmes and techniques from GB Rowing’s talent identification scheme and from some of the top clubs and universities in England no stone is left unturned in the uncompromising pursuit of boat speed. Even when the river has frozen over training continues in the snow.
The club is well supported by C.O.B.R.A. (Coleraine Old Boys Rowing Association) with dedicated coaches William Wright, Ross Cochrane, David Stafford, Andy Wright, Alex Humphrey, Philip Hamill and Jason Taggart giving up countless hours of their time to support the club. In addition to help the coaching the Old Boys have been responsible for providing new boats, blades and rowing machines.
CAIBC lift the Hamburg Trophy for the first time - 27th December 2011
Indoor Rowing Competition a huge success at Open Night
Boat Naming Ceremony
History repeated itself at Coleraine Inst on Monday 6 June when a young oarsman of the 1950s returned to present a new boat to his 21st century successors. Rodney Evans was a pupil from 1952 until 1957, and as a junior boarder he took up rowing mainly because it guaranteed some extra time out of school! Once kindled, his love of the sport stayed with him into adult life. He later rowed with Nottingham Britannia, and continued as a veteran until well into his fifties.