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The future of volunteering is bright

Minty Cullinane from Junior Rowing News dispels some myths about volunteering and presents her case for why you should volunteer!

If you’re anything like me, you might just have shuddered a little at the sight of an article proclaiming the benefits of volunteering – I can’t blame you. For many young rowers, the first thing that comes to mind are visions of cold, damp and miserable Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.

For your consideration, I will today present the case that the future of volunteering in rowing is bright; moreover, that you would be remiss in failing to capitalise on the opportunities it can provide.

Here’s what we mean by ‘volunteering’ within rowing. It could include coaching, commentating, or event management — including exciting roles in race control and press operations – plus many other roles at clubs and within the rowing community.

At least two of the options mentioned above could include getting behind the wheel of a launch, which may prick the interest of some readers enough; if not, there are plenty of other motivations – many that you won’t have come across in a school assembly. 


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