A DOZEN competitors from Solihull will make the trip to Manchester on Sunday (January 31) in an attempt to claim gold at the English Indoor Rowing Championships.
Borough-based personal training provider Seal Personal Training will transport the rowers to the venue – and coach Ali Seal is confident that his team can do the business.
Not only will the team be aiming for a podium finish, they will also be raising funds and awareness for a brain tumour charity.
The daughter of champion rower Annie Atkins suffers with a brain tumour – the club has used indoor rowing to spread awareness and raise thousands of pounds for charity.
With rowers ranging from the age of 16 to late 80s, Ali is keen to spread the word and told The Observer that the group is going from strength to strength.
Ali said: “We compete on an amateur level, though everyone has gained a real passion for the sport.
“One of our rowers, Tim Sherriff, in his 70s, came into rowing with knee problems – however he’s transformed his physical life, rows twice a week and has competed in British and European Championships.
“It’s an unusual sport but it’s one that’s gathering momentum and everyone at the club has build some great friendships.”
For more information on Indoor Rowing and how to join Ali’s team, visit www.sealpersonaltraining.com or call 07796 200 239.