AS LOCKDOWN restrictions ease, Stratford Mayor Cllr Tony Jackson is taking the opportunity to meet local groups and understand the challenges they are currently facing in returning to action.
He recently went down to Stratford Boat Club to meet members of the adaptive squad who are affectionately known as ‘Team Hattie’.
Cllr Jackson said: “It was wonderful to meet a group that embraces all three of my chosen good causes – volunteers, people with disabilities and exercise and well-being.
“I had a very interesting and informative meeting with Mark, Joe and Hattie. It was great to hear of their successes and the value their rowers place on being able to get out on to the river. The contribution of the volunteers in providing a safe and friendly environment cannot be praised too highly.”
Hattie Throssell said: “As a squad, we present Mark and the team with a variety of issues to face every time we row but with their ‘can-do’ attitude and proactive approach I’m sure we will be back out on the water as soon as possible.”
Coach Joe Moore explained: “Our objective is to help make rowing and sculling more accessible for all. We cater for a wide range of disabilities and our current group of 11 rowers is one of the largest and most active adaptive squads in the country.”
Head adaptive coach Mark Dewdney added: “Social distancing has been very restrictive on how we can operate but we have made a tentative return to the water with adult single rowing or family groups in doubles.
“We are watching the easing of lockdown carefully and are prepared for a full return when guidelines permit.”