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Being Part of a Crew ~ Whatever your Age

Updated: Nov 28, 2022

Our first spotlight on MBC rowers features Masters member Kate Grady who tells us how rowing took a hold of her over 15 years ago and how she's never looked back!

📸Lucy From left to right Women's Masters: Kathy, Ali, Kate & Lucy

A good friend of mine used to row at Molesey Boat Club (MBC) before she moved out into the wilderness of the Oxfordshire countryside; thankfully before she went, she introduced me to what has become an especially important aspect of my day-to-day life.

I hadn’t rowed before, but I’d always played lots of sports and loved sailing. Back when I started rowing there was no such thing as the Learn to Row course or the Explore group as there is now.

I'm a member of the women's Masters group at MBC. We are a motley bunch of all ages, some are in their 30's and a few of us are moving up through the decades into our 60's. Whatever our age, what unites us as a crew is that we all love being out on the water and working together in a shared endeavour.

When we're feeling competitive, we take part in the odd regatta or head, never forgetting to enjoy our time on the water. Also, rowing helps us all keep fit!

The camaraderie and friendships we have formed over the years have certainly been a huge bonus, don't get me wrong, there are times when we get frustrated; it’s hard staying focused and enthusiastic about rowing when we're working full time and/or juggling homes and families, but it’s all worth it in the end.

The feeling of euphoria you get when you're out on the river early in the morning or at the end of a hard-working day, whether it's bright and sunny or drizzly and cold, pounding up and down our stretch of the Thames really takes some beating - not forgetting the coffee and croissant in the club cafe afterwards.

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