After a turbulent year of restrictions, Sons Of Thames Rowers are eagerly anticipating the return of rowing competitions, the “camaraderie” of the club and the feel good factor that comes alongside taking part in a team sport.
Sitting on the edge of the Thames in West Hammersmith, the club has over 120 members who use the homely spot as a centre point for their luxurious hobby. Peter Leveridge, who has accumulated nearly 5 years with the club, tells me about how he managed through the lockdown of his “sports field”. To help maintain both fitness and the mental therapy that comes alongside the fundamental activity of rowing, the club allowed some members to take rowing machines home. Peter however emphasised his excitement to get back out on the water, sharing that there is no feeling that can match rowing against a tide, even with a rowing machine.
Rowers will be allowed to come back and row from the 17th May, which for rowers will mean they get the last of spring and the entirety of the summer to row on the Thames, their sports field. This will also mean the club can officially reopen, the bar is open and available to the general public, while the managers of the club are also able to run functions from within Linden House, where the club is situated.