Dover RC honours Ally McKean in boat-naming

Ally McKean

Dover Rowing Club has been celebrating three brand new additions to their existing fleet of boats; two new double sculls, a single scull – and six sets of blades to go with them.

The club is now in a position to promote Adaptive Rowing for those with disabilities as well as offer improved facilities for adult and junior beginners who are learning to row.  And that’s not all, the boats will be available to those would like to take up rowing as a recreation, having a row in the harbour at their leisure, encouraging more people to participate in the sport.

Christening the boats was one time Dover rower and two times Adaptive Rowing World Champion, Ally McKean. Ally was competing for Dover Rowing Club prior to making the transition to International Rowing.  His achievements were honoured by the club which has named one of the new double sculls named after him.

Ally is currently training hard in his quest for Paralympics gold in Beijing later in the year, preparing for one of his toughest tests yet.  Everyone at Dover Rowing Club wishes him well and will be glued to their TV screens in the hope that he is successful.

The new additions to the club’s fleet would never have been possible without the help, funding and support from Awards for All, Kent County Council, Kent Playing Fields Association, Dover District Council and Dover Town Council.  Finally thanks to Swift Racing Boats for supplying the boats.