Endeavour Rowing Club set to hold pair of historic events to celebrate 21 years since launch
Max McKinney February 25 2019 - 8:00PM
The club, based at Berry Park on the Hunter River near Morpeth, was started by parents who had children rowing with Hunter Valley Grammar School.
Sitting on the banks of the river spectating might seem like a nice way to spend a lazy morning or afternoon, but for those parents some 21 years ago, it was not enough.
They formed their own rowing club and within two years had secured freehold land and built a boathouse.
"Some of the parents just didn't want to sit by the riverside and decided they'd have a go at rowing," said Lyn Rayward, who had four children attend the school.
"We were one of the first clubs in the central district when it was just finding its feet as well."
Ms Rayward said club, which derived its name from Hunter Valley Grammar's motto 'Success through Endeavour', has about 60 members today and hosts a learn-to-row program every Sunday for new rowers.
It has been associated with Maitland Grossman High over the years and recently started a rowing program with Maitland Christian School.
A pair of events will be held this year to mark the 21st birthday and all ex-members are invited to attend.
"We're having a dinner in May with a couple of guests speakers and we hope to get quite a number of former members coming along who have moved away from the district or just stopped rowing," she said.
"Then we've got a regatta, which is a NSW Rowing Association regatta, called the Henley on Hunter, and that's on the October long weekend. We're going to have a cocktail party then."
Check out the club's website for more details.