Fairlop RC, located in Fairlop Waters Country Park in East London, was founded in 2013. They won the British Rowing Project of the Year 2021 for getting women from the Muslimah Sports Association and other ethnic backgrounds involved in rowing. Rose Crawford sat down with head coach CJ White to talk about all things Fairlop RC, how to increase diversity in rowing, and his future goals for the club
Rose: How did you get into rowing?
CJ: It was completely by accident. Growing up, I was very inactive and didn’t do any sport, but then one day in PE, I sat on a rowing machine. I had no idea what I was doing but I broke the year group record. The gym instructor was a rowing coach at Lea RC and told me that I should keep rowing. The next week, I competed in my borough’s indoor rowing competition, came fourth and was devastated. From then on in though, I was just hooked and have never looked back.(more…)