Kingston Rowing Club

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Kingston Rowing Club in Kingston Upon Thames was the venue last night for a  second year in a row at a 1970s themed party celebrating Latchmere school‘s PTA party. Our inflatable Photo Booth was used this year along with green screen backgrounds to match their theme.

All the guests had made an effort and had dressed in 1970s style and there was a great band and disco dance group to add to the atmosphere.

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Kingston Rowing Club was founded in 1858 by Mr George Bennett at Messenger’s Boathouse, Kingston and from 1861 was situated in a weather board building on the Raven’s Ait Island on the Thames between Kingston and Surbiton which at the time was owned by Mr Messenger.

In 1935 the club moved downstream to the picturesque Albany Boathouse which, still survives in Lower Ham Road.

Eventually in 1968, as KRC continued to expand and grow, the club moved a short distance to a modern custom built premises in Canbury Gardens where it remains today.

In 1897 KRC was instrumental in the creation of the Amateur Rowing Association (the national governing body for both British and English rowing) and in 1909, along with six other Metropolitan and Up-River clubs, in the formation of the Remenham Club as meeting place at Henley for past and present rowing men, families and friends.

Although originally a men’s rowing club, women have played an increasing part in the success of the club and the club is now evenly balanced in numbers between men and women. Surprisingly women were not even admitted as members until 1976 but by 1994 the club had its first women captain in Alison Barnett, who represented Britain at the Barcelona Olympics.

Over the years Kingston Rowing Club has achieved an enviable record of international representation and has produced many top level rowers. In 1976 Kingston’s very own Tim Crooks won silver in the Montreal Olympics (and perhaps more famously won the 1977 BBC ‘Superstars’ competition).

Rebecca Romero won a silver medal at the 2004 Olympics and, having then left rowing because of a back injury, went on to a gold medal victory in the 2008 cycling world championship making her one of the few double sport world champions.

Olympic gold medallist Kieran West, who won gold in Sydney in 2000, first plied his rowing skills as a young boy at Kingston Regatta in the early 1990s and still finds time to support the Kingston Rowing Club Junior Squad.

In 2008 Kingston Rowing Club celebrated its 150th anniversary and, with its large and growing Junior squad, the club looks forward to continuing its success with the next generation of KRC rowers and into its next 150 years

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