FROM SMALL BEGINNINGS

by Stephen Hill (founder member)

The idea to start a local rowing club for the disabled grew from a visit to the Disabled Henley Regatta in 1991. Although the participants were enjoying themselves and the conditions were ideal, the number of competitors seemed small and therefore  the racing limited.

I approached my local disabled sports club, the Fareham and District Sports Association for the Disabled or F.A.D.S.A.D. to see if I could raise a team to compete at Disabled Henley.  The initial response was good and  group of six disabled sports people entered the 1992 Regatta.

In 1993 S.H.A.R.C. was invited to compete in the Marlow Spring Regatta in beautiful surroundings.  Unfortunately the organisers could only fit the Disabled events in during the 1 hour lunch break and the logistics proved impossible.  In 1995 the organisers had to withdraw the opportunity.

We then contacted Poole Coastal Rowing Club and they were extremely interested in our project and invited us to compete in the 1997 and 1998 Regattas.  They allowed six racing slots between the main races making it easier for us to catch our breath.

The South Hants Adaptive Rowing Club Logo came about by me discovering that the S resembled a Sharks nose ..we hope you like it!

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Since 1991

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DISABLED HENLEY 1998
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S.H.A.R.C. would like to thank Rachel Quarrell and the fantastic Rowing Service for the interest in our club and help with setting up our web site.

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