I’m just back from the Australian Masters Rowing Championships at which I was delighted to make the acquaintance of a very special group of athletes, the Ancient Mariners. They were profiled on ABC
In many respects, they are a regular sports team that trains several times a week and competes at the weekend.
What sets them apart from other rowing crews around the country is their ages – ranging from rowers in their late 50s to a man still actively training and competing at 89.
Ken Griffin, 83, one of the Ancient Mariners’ founding members, says the club started in 1993.
“One night at a social function someone got a bright idea and stood up and suggested that those amongst us who were interested in rowing should get together [and] go for a row,” he said.
“We ended up borrowing a boat from Mosman and going for a row on a Sunday morning.”
The club has expanded since its inception and now has a roster of well over a dozen rowers training and competing.
So this begs the question when are you too old to row?