Monday, January 26, 2009

Galway needs more investement in Water Sports

There needs to be a more even distribution of funding by Galway City Council for all sports which should include water sports like canoeing, rowing and kayaking.
Galway at one time was one of the leading cities in Ireland for rowing. The initial investment in rowing is costly. This means that unless rowing clubs get their share of funding first class Rowing teams from Galway will be a thing of the past.
The Corrib and Lough Atalia are under used as recreational amenities. In any other city in Europe this would never happen. With Galway hosting the Volvo Ocean Race stopover from 23 May - 6 June it is an opportune time to explore the endless possibilities we have at our doorstep.
In a city surrounded by water every child or young adult should be able swim and row. The love for the rivers, lakes and sea is in our blood, so why not make the most of it.
Are people like Jeanie Hackett, a lifelong supporter of Galway Rowing Club, looking down on us from the Great Rowing Club in the sky, cheering "Up Barr a Chaladh" as the lads come back after winning an important race.
Hundreds of young Galwegians today have never been "Up the Corrib" in a boat. How can you love or appreciate your environment if you are not familiar with it?
For both locals and tourists Nuala would like to see new initiatives to reverse the decline of water sports in Galway.


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