The record breaking Falmouth Gig Club have announced a partnership with Cornwall College’s Elite Sports Team.
The three-year deal will see the college support the club’s training to better develop their skill in gig-rowing by providing advice and help in terms of strength and conditioning and other aspects of sports science including nutrition and sports psychology. The college will also sponsor the purchase of new equipment to help in the development of the sport.
The alliance will offer Cornish students more opportunity to find out about and get involved in gig rowing.
The Gig Club and College’s previous work together has proven successful with triumphs in a number of recent events.
Greg Oldrieve, the Club’s Rowing Development Officer said “We have worked with the College for 2 years and they have revolutionised our approach to our training programme. The proof of the new approach is in the results of last season when we swept up all the major trophies in the open women and men’s circuit including the Scillies, County and Tribute Series. We like to feel we have lifted the sport to a new level and know other clubs are looking to match us. The College’s continued partnership will help us to keep making progress and meet the new challenges.”
Russell Lawrance, Director of Sport and Head of A levels at Cornwall College commented, “Gig Rowing is a growing sport and we are very happy to help with its development. It’s been great working with Falmouth. The dedication and commitment from all at the club to the sport, and their willingness to take on board a more professional approach, has reaped rewards. Being involved in the evolution of a sport is intellectually fascinating and we look forward to helping further. To continue the winning run will require greater dedication and determination. That is all part of the fun and the challenge.
Greg added: “There is a great personal commitment involved for all the elite rowers at the club and by enlisting the professional approach that Russell and Cornwall College can bring supports our members.”