Coastal Rowing Development in Namibia

2022 is still going forward with the development of coastal rowing in Africa.

The Commonwealth Rowing Association (CRA), in conjunction with the Namibia Canoe & Rowing Federation (NamCanRow), have been working hard to organised the 2022 CRA Beach Sprint Championships (CRABSCHs), which will be hosted at Independence Beach, Walvis Bay, Namibia, with racing from 2nd – 4th December 2022.

World Rowing (WR) and Olympic Solidarity (OS), through the Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) have supported a Level 1 World Rowing Coastal Coach Development Course as well as a Coastal Race Module (CRM) on the days prior to the CRABSCHs, from the 27th November – 1st December.

In addition, a National Technical Official (NTO) education/training opportunity was also organised. 

15 coaches from Barbados, Bahamas. Mauritius, Namibia, and Zambia are on the Coach Education course under the instruction of Rosie Mayglothling, Guin Batten and Sizwe Ndlovu. 

NTOs were guided through their programme by Nick Hunter from 30th November to 1st December 2022.

The week’s activity is part of a Development of National Sport System (DNSS) project which aims to develop coastal rowing in Namibia.

The inclusion of Beach Sprints on the 2026 Commonwealth Games Programme and potential inclusion on the 2028 Summer Olympic Games favor this path of development for the Federation, the NNOC and the Region (Southern Africa) overall.