I Am A Rower

Exhibition at River and Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames, 2nd November – 11th December 2023

In recognition of our diversity work as a club, and our commitment to increasing access to rowing, the Lea Rowing Club was asked to take part in National Sporting Heritage Day, 30th September 2022.

We put together a photographic exhibition around the idea of rowing for all called I Am a Rower. The photographs are accompanied by audio interviews so the viewer can also listen to each rower’s story.

I Am A Rower, Photography Chris Baker

The idea behind the exhibition is to show that rowers come in all shapes, sizes, ages, genders, ethnicities, sexualities, goals, and backgrounds – and hopefully to allow more people to see themselves as potential rowers in waiting …

We hope that I Am a Rower is an inspiring, powerful and fun way to amplify the message of the 2022 National Sporting Heritage Day – Diversity in Sport – as well as an invaluable asset in raising the profile of the club to the local community and beyond.



The Lea Rowing Club recognises that Rowing is not an ethnically diverse sport; we are on a mission to change this. The I Belong project is going to make the club more representative of the ethnically diverse communities of Hackney, Haringey and Waltham Forest #IBelong

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