One of three rowing clubs training on the picturesque Kerr’s Reach in Christchurch, the Avon Rowing Club is one of the oldest established rowing clubs in New Zealand and has long been an integral part of sport in the Canterbury region. Avon has a number of rowers in New Zealand representative squads and close ties to the local rowing regional performance centre. International rowing is now one of New Zealand sport’s success stories, but at grass roots level the variety it offers to athletes of all ages and abilities can give a lifetime of enjoyment to those who participate. At Avon we aim to provide the best that rowing can offer and, very importantly, make it possible for people from any background to experience our sport.
Our club has over 450 members, including rowers from local secondary schools Burnside High School, Marian College, Shirley Boys’ High School, St Andrew’s College, St Bede’s College, St Margaret’s College, St Thomas of Canterbury College, Riccarton High School and Villa Maria College. Both male and female members participate at all levels from U15 and novice through to masters, in both sculling and sweep oar events throughout the rowing calendar. The club also hosts rowers from overseas visiting New Zealand, corporate rowers and university rowers.