Last week 3rd Henley Brownies had a brilliant evening at Leander Club when the girls enjoyed a tour of the club which included seeing the medals and trophies the club have won over the years and the boats the athletes row.
Leader Rachel Leverett said, “One Brownie was very observant and spotted the largest trophy in one of the many photos lining the walls of the corridors. The girls also picked out Olympic Rowers which they recognised in the photos. Leander Club rowers Barney Stentiford and Tim Clarke were extremely patient and informative answering every question the girls could think of! Between them the Brownies told Barney that they take part in over 10 different sports and we picked out the tallest children who may make good rowers of the future!”
The Brownies were amazed at the cost of the boats, were intrigued that the shoes stay in the boats and are steered with wires that connect to the rudder. They had a go at lifting a blade together which for Brownies was fairly heavy. They also learnt how much rowers eat and train in a day, consuming roughly twice the recommended calories and eating two breakfasts!
Rachel added, “Many thanks to Caroline Mulcahy for organising the evening and of course Barney and Tim for their time to share their enthusiasm of the sport with the Brownies.”
The unit is still seeking an adult helper in order to increase available places to local girls. If this could be you please visit the GirlGuiding website – www.girlguiding.org.uk