Barnes Bridge Ladies Rowing Club has become the first all-female club to join the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Rowing.
The club, based in the constituency of Brentford and Isleworth, is one of only two all-women clubs in the UK; it was renamed from the Civil Service Ladies Rowing Club in 1997 and is still a member of the CSSC. They join a growing number of non-Parliamentary members of the Group and provide a vital role for the Group to hear about the sport from those who row regularly.
Welcoming the club to the Group, Hendon MP and Group Chairman Matthew Offord said “I am delighted to welcome Barnes Bridge Ladies Rowing Club to the Group. We want more people – women and men, girls and boys – taking to the water and the club is a very welcome addition to the Group. I look forward to meeting them at future Group meetings and events and hearing their views on how we can support rowing.”
The Group encourages any individuals, clubs, regattas or other organisations with an interest in rowing to join the Group and get involved. The Group meets in the Palace of Westminster and non-Parliamentary members are welcome to attend and give their thoughts on how best the Group can support the sport and help promote the excellent work done by rowing clubs and volunteers throughout the UK.
Jo Broadhurst, Captain of Barnes Bridge Ladies, said “the club is very pleased to be a part of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Rowing. We are just like many clubs throughout the UK, we welcome rowers of all ages and experience and combine a vibrant social scene with the chance to take rowing more seriously and compete at the best levels. The club has its roots in the Civil Service and provided women rowers for the first Olympics in 1976 when women were allowed to compete.
We can also provide the Group with an almost unique perspective as a female-only club and we will be joining with the Group and its members to encourage greater participation in rowing from women of all ages.”