THE WOMENS Veteran Rowing team from Altea Club Nautico, beat off all rivals to win the gold medal at the National Rowing Championships of Spain, held in Tarragona last weekend, but the club faces an uncertain future.
In the largest field ever, over 900 rowers from 35 different towns and cities took part in the biggest competition of it’s type, with representation from federations in Valencia, Galicia, Andalucia, Catalonia and the Basque country.
The remarkable result was the fruit born from the years of experience, hard work and team spirit engendered by this team of veterans.
Following their bronze medal in last year’s championships, this was the ultimate prize and was the icing on the cake of a season in which they have already won silver and bronze in two regional competitions.
Particularly special for the girls was that they beat fellow Marina Alta rivals Oliva into second place.
This was something a bittersweet victory for the Altea Rowing Club, because even though the sport is growing in popularity, as witnessed by the record entries at the Tarragona event, funding by the regional government has stopped.
“We are very happy with the results achieved in this championship from the teams of the Altea Nautical Club, who have performed at a high level, but at the same time we are also concerned about the continuity of this sport, which is hanging on a tight rope, “said Vicente Jorro, head of the rowing at the Altea Yacht Club.
Currently twenty-one Club Nautico’s in the Valencia region, including Altea are in dispute with the regional government over the administration of their concessions, which are due to run out in June.
Currently, these non profit organisations run on temporary concessions, which makes for a precarious existence as they are unable to plan for the future.