Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Rowing – History

Even since the earliest recorded references to rowing, the sporting element has been present. An Egyptian funerary inscription of 1430 BC records that the warrior Amenhotep (Amenophis) II was also renowned for his feats of oarsmanship. In the Aeneid, Virgil mentions rowing forming part of the funeral games arranged by Aeneas in honour of his father. In the 13th century, Venetian festivals called regata included boat races among others. The first known "modern" rowing races began from competition among the professional watermen that provided ferry and taxi service on the River Thames in London. The oldest surviving such race, Doggett's Coat and Badge was first contested in 1715 and is still held annually from London Bridge to Chelsea. During the 19th century these races were to become numerous and popular, attracting large crowds. In America, the earliest known race dates back to 1756 in New York, when a pettiauger defeated a Cape Cod whaleboat in a race. The first five mile rowing race from one inn to another took place on the Thames in 1716. In 1829, the first eight-seater boat races involving Oxford and Cambridge universities were held; this date signifies the beginning of rowing as an official sport. The rowing champion, Ned Hanlan of Canada, is famous for becoming the first world champion in all branches of the sport. As a result of the increasing popularity of this sport, more had to be done to make boats move faster. Founded in 1818, Leander Club is the world's oldest public rowing club. The second oldest club which still exists is the Der Hamburger und Germania Ruder Club which was founded 1836 and marked the beginning of rowing as an organized sport in Germany.
FISA, the “Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Aviron” in French (or the English equivalent International Federation of Rowing Associations) was founded by representatives from France, Switzerland, Belgium, Adriatica (now a part of Italy) and Italy in Turin on 25 June 1892. It is the oldest international sports federation in the Olympic movement. For most of its history, rowing has been a male dominated sport. Although rowing’s roots as a sport in the modern Olympics can be traced back to the original 1896 games in Athens, it was not until the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal that women were allowed to participate – well after their fellow athletes in similar sports such as swimming, athletics, cycling, and canoeing.

Rowing 2012 Summer Olympics are scheduled to be held in London from Saturday 28 July to Sunday 4 August 2012, at Dorney Lake which, for the purposes of the Games venue, is officially termed Eton Dorney. Fourteen medal events will be contested by 550 athletes, 353 men and 197 women.


Rowing 2012 Summer Olympics are scheduled to be held in London from Saturday 28 July to Sunday 4 August 2012, at Dorney Lake which, for the purposes of the Games venue, is officially termed Eton Dorney. Fourteen medal events will be contested by 550 athletes, 353 men and 197 women. Olympic Rowing Tickets are available at Sport Ticket Exchange at nominal prices. SportTicketExchange.com is an excellent place for Olympic fans to buy or sell Olympic Tickets especially Rowing Tickets.

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