Rowing in Great Britain

Rowing is a sport that uses a wooden paddle, called as an oar, to move a long boat through water at high speeds in order to win a race.

Rowing is one of the oldest and most prestigious sports on the planet, with the first rowing races may have occurred at the Egyptian era. In modern time, Oxford and Cambridge University hosted the first competitive rowing race in 1828, and these two education institutions still compete against one another till this day.

Rowing has appeared at almost every edition of the Summer Olympics since the games first started, with the only exception on the 1896 tournament. It did not include any rowing competitions in 1896 Olympic Games due to extreme weather conditions forcing organisers to pull watersports out of the schedule. Since the beginning, male rowing competitions have been in place since 1900 while female rowing competitions were made official much later in 1976.

The United States of America are the most successful nation in Olympic rowing with 89 medals while East Germany were excellent challengers securing 33 golds, and Great Britain have performed exceptionally well during the past decade, winning the Olympic games rowing medal on three successive games.

The greatest male rower of all time is widely known to be Britain’s Sir Steve Redgrave, while Elisabeta Lipa of Romania often considered as the best female rower. Each of the, picked up five gold medals.

Object of the Game

The objective of rowing is simple, in which the boat that reaches the finish line the quickest is the winner of the race. Reaching the finish line in the fastest manner requires an astonishing amount of physical and mental strength, high levels of stamina and seamless synchronisation to complete in team events.

Players & Equipment

Each participating athlete in rowing competitions has a different role with the number of players and piece of equipment can change depending on the type of rowing event is organized.