On 8 March is the International Women’s Day, HTBS contributor Hélène Rémond writes to remind the HTBS editor. She also points out something that FISA World Rowing is organising to celebrate this special day: ‘I wondered whether you would like to mention the photo competition which is on until 7 March to celebrate the International Women’s Day on the 8? The event is organized by World Rowing,’ Hélène writes. Of course, HTBS should mention this!
Here is the invitation for those of you who would like to take part in the competition:
‘Take part in this annual celebration by sending us your favourite photos that show women in motion under the theme of “We Row, We Sweat, We Strive”. We all know that support for women in rowing comes from all areas of society and we want to harness this support, so feel free to also include photos of men and women supporting each other under our main theme. This will put you in the draw to win prizes from New Wave and Concept2.
The photos will be shared through World Rowing’s social media channels for everyone to see and to show that World Rowing supports women athletes from around the world.
International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900s. The day celebrates women’s achievements in many areas including economic, social, political and, of course, sport. This year the theme is ‘Make it Happen’.
Women rowers have been in motion on the international scene since the first women’s races were introduced by the World Rowing Federation, FISA, in 1954 at the European Championships. Back then women raced over the 1,000-metre distance. Women’s rowing was added to the Olympic Games programme in 1976 and then in 1985 the racing distance was increased to 2,000 metres.’
Here is the link for more details:
Thank you, Hélène, for reminding us about this important day!
As anyone familiar with the history of women’s rowing knows, women have been racing internationally for over 150 years, and the type of coxed eight international racing we would recognize is at least 80 years old, when French and English women’s crews met on the Tideway in the mid-1930s (the FISA stuff took another 20 years to transpire). The earliest images of women’s racing are woodcuts rather than photographs – but does anyone at FISA bother to study history and learn the facts?