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Weʼre raising £3,000 to support our work in promoting inclusivity and diversity in the sport of rowing and enable us to participate at the Gay Games in Paris

Royal Albert Docks

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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.

Approximately 60% of our Paris representation started rowing through our Learn to Row courses

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. They form a very important part of a rower's training regime.

We will be erg-ing a combined distance of 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!

Should you wish to read more about the Otters you can check out:

London Otters Rowing Club

Rainbow Races: watch coverage of the club and its impact on the LGBT+ community on Sky Sports

Out for Sports: see more about our member's preparation for the Gay Games

If you want, you can also visit our different regathoners team pages:

Team Rowdeo Rowmeos

Team Rear Factor

Team Sweet Sixteen

Team Otterly Knackered!

Team Pret-a Ramer

Team Les Loutres de Londres

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    • Tim Smith (Thames Dragons)

      Tim Smith (Thames Dragons)

      Aug 4, 2018

      Good luck in Paris.


    • Ben Anstiss

      Ben Anstiss

      Jul 28, 2018

      Good luck in Paris!


    • Chris W

      Chris W

      Jul 23, 2018


    • Lou Englefield

      Lou Englefield

      Jul 22, 2018

      Go Otters!


    • Owen Hutchins

      Owen Hutchins

      Jul 21, 2018

      Do us proud in Paris guys!


    • Anonymous


      Jul 21, 2018

      Good luck Otters!


    • John Richard

      John Richard

      Jul 21, 2018

      Keep up the good work


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    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.

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