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Weʼre raising £1,000 to allow our club to grow while remaining inclusive, to buy equipment and to support our participation in the Gay Games.

London, UK

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We have reached our original target of £500 and we're massively grateful to all those who have donated. Upping our target to £1000 - help us smash this!


London Otters is London's LGBT+ inclusive rowing club. Our mission is to increase the profile of both competitive and recreational LGBT+ rowing within the sporting community, and to promote the sport of rowing in the LGBT+ community.

Since our founding in 2014 we have grown to be a club of over 120 members, with 300 people looking to get onto our 'Learn to Row' course. We are providing a healthy and fulfilling way to meet an amazing group of people dedicated to bettering themselves and supporting those around them. We have opened up the sport of rowing to many people who never thought they could sit in a boat, let alone race in the Gay Games - we're sending over 70 rowers to the competition in Paris in August!

Sadly our intake and courses are restricted by our access to facilities, equipment and funds. We want to ensure rowing is a sport that is accessible to as many people as possible - it's part of our inclusive ethos! In order to do that, we need help! We need to increase the amount of boats and equipment we have available, plus ensure we have a sustainable long term future through planning for future boathouse and club needs.

So, to celebrate our participation in the Gay Games this August and to enable the club to continue growing we are planning an Ergathon on 21st July 2018. The name might need a little explanation! 'Erg' is the term used by rowers for the indoor rowing machines we all see (and sometimes use!) in the gym. We will be erg-ing a combined 344km, the distance from our London boathouse to Paris - where the Gay Games will be taking place this August.

The majority of the funds we raise through the Ergathon will be used to purchase equipment for our young club, with the remainder being made available to support participation at the Gay Games in Paris. Anything you can give would be massively appreciated!

If you want to read more about the Otters you can check out:

• Our website ( )

• You can also read + watch coverage of the club and its impact on the LGBT+ community on Sky Sports ( )

• You can see more about our member's preparation for the Gay Games in this Out for Sport piece ( )

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    • Frances Murphy

      Frances Murphy

      Aug 5, 2018

      Hope the weekend is a massive success Cormac and Co.


    • Berenice Hillion

      Berenice Hillion

      Aug 1, 2018

    • Ruari Johnson

      Ruari Johnson

      Jul 30, 2018

      Go Flo the Row, go team!


    • Sam G

      Sam G

      Jul 28, 2018

      Good luck Flo! (and everyone else of course)

    • MurphGoneWest


      Jul 27, 2018

      Definitely late, but delighted to push you over the 1,000 pound mark!

    • N Coppendale

      N Coppendale

      Jul 24, 2018

      A bit late but well done Spyros (and team mates) !

    • Anne Murphy

      Anne Murphy

      Jul 24, 2018

      CormacDon't forget A to B as fasht as you can and pull like a dog!!!


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    Our team members are: Cormac Mealey, Florent Comte, Spyros Stamou, Nick Coveney and Yannick le Callet. We all started rowing together last October and have found a family in the Otters. We're hoping that by raising some money for equipment, we'll keep the club accessible to all.

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