History of SEIRC
The South of England Indoor Rowing Championships (SEIRC) started out in 2004 as the Oxford Schools Indoor Rowing Competition, with the aim of encouraging junior athletes to compete at a time of year when there is often disruption to river based events because of high water levels. We wanted to make it as easy as possible for new rowers to compete in a safe environment and have an enjoyable experience. Under the guidance of John Broadhurst and Tom Collins (founders of the Headington School Oxford Boat Club and Hinksey Sculling School) the event rapidly grew.
Due to the popularity of the event, and requests from schools and clubs outside the Oxford area to join in, the event changed to SEIRC. Clubs, schools, teams and individuals are all welcome to compete.
The event outgrew The Park Sports Centre and in 2011 moved to Oxford Brookes University which provides more competition space but also more milling space for athletes and spectators. There is plenty of parking on the other side of Headington Hill.
SEIRC is run by volunteers from Hinksey Sculling School, which was set up to encourage participation in rowing for all juniors, and especially those who go to non-rowing schools. HSS links in to local schools, both state and private, to give a fun environment to learn to row – from beginners through to national competition.
We would love you to join us on Sunday 5th Feb 2012.