A Bedford teen is facing quite a Sunday as she takes on a 100 kilometre rowing challenge in aid of the Star Club’s ‘Dry Start’ programme.
13-year old Darcey Murphy, who attends Castle Newnham School, is taking on a task “that most training Olympians wouldn’t try” in an attempt to raise money for a programme to introduce youngsters to the sport.
The money raised is going towards expanding the ‘Dry Start’ programme, including hiring a dedicated community coach and expanding the programme from the current two schools, to six.
The challenge, first introduced by London Youth Rowing is the hallmark of an Open Day at the Star Rowing Club in Bedford on Sunday 12th September as the rowing community look to introduce the younger generation to the water.
“I’ve always been into sports from a young age”, said Darcey, commenting on the challenge that awaits her.
“My Dad was a big cricketer before rowing at Bedford Rowing Club himself. I guess I followed in his footsteps as I’m the only one of my siblings to take to rowing and once I tried it, I loved it and I’ve never looked back!”
I love getting our on the water with my friends and staying active while also having so much fun.”
The challenge will take between ten and twelve hours to complete; with Darcey aiming to complete the 100 kilometres inside 24 hours. £1,220 of the £5,000 target has already been raised for the club.
Already the youngest member of the Star Club’s junior squad, it is hoped the funds from Darcey’s challenge will help open up the sport to young people of a similar age in the town.
“Here at Castle Newnham School, we are incredibly proud of Darcey and the honour she has achieved of representing her club as a centurion”, said Ruth Wilkes, Federation Principal at Castle Newnham.”
“This is not only an amazing achievement and opportunity for Darcey personally but also brings forward work to support local state schools in promoting rowing which will open up further opportunity for young people in Bedford.”
The Star Club is situated on the River Great Ouse, near Riverside Close.