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Rowing With Mental Illness

I’ve had depression for quite a while. It was first noticeable to me halfway through secondary school. I had recently taken up rowing and used it as a temporary cure. A strong training schedule kept my mind distracted from the rest of my work and home life. Time away, with friends on the water worked well as a distraction, however as the winter months came, as for all people, training became tougher and less light-hearted.

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Rowing Alongside Illness

As everybody knows, rowing isn’t easy. Not only is it mentally gruelling, but it tests athletes to the limits of their physical endurance. The physical state of an athlete is almost entirely derived from the work they put in throughout years of training, and the process of becoming a good rower is long and weary. 

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Fulham Reach BC: How rowing changed Schuyler's life

We focus on the power of rowing, using Schuyler as an example of how the amazing charitable work by FRBC can lead to opportunities with the potential to change a young person's life. There wasn't a school that would support Schuyler, and whilst being homeschooled, his father came across a council ad by chance.  He found a welcoming community that stood by him at FRBC and this has enabled him to grow in many ways, both in the boat and beyond it. Picking up a few British ergo records along the way, Schuyler has shown us the rewards of hard work and will start this autumn at Eton College on a full scholarship.

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