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BOAT CLUB BULLETIN

Welcome to Week 5 of the Boat Club Bulletin, our weekly email during this period of lockdown while the club remains closed.

This week’s BIG Interview is with our homegrown tennis professional player, turned coach, Claire Curran.  She talks about growing up playing at the Boat Club, how she qualified for the US Open and nearly beat Martina Hingis, and her positive experiences gleaned from this wonderful sport.

Members can watch this NOW on our YouTube page by clicking here.



 

Get to Know Me

We have three Get To Know Me features this week from a wide range of ages and the sports of rowing, squash and first, tennis.

Name: Reese McCann
Age: 13
Sport: Tennis

1. When did you start playing your sport?
I started playing tennis when I was 4 years old in red ball bounce squads at The Boat Club with Ben.

2. Who was your first hero or inspiration in sport?
My favourite player is Andy Murray because he’s like me - he gets angry and I play like him on the court.

3. What is the best thing you enjoy most about it?
I really enjoy the social side of tennis because I have made life long friends.

4. How often do you train or practise at the Belfast Boat Club?
I train 6 days a week at the club between squads, strength & conditioning and one to one lessons with my coach.

5. What is your best achievement to date?
My best achievement is winning the Irish Open in singles and doubles which caused me to play for Ireland in the 4 nations and finish 2019 ranked number one in Ireland for my age group.

6. What are some of your goals for the next five years?
My goals are to become better every day in my sport. I hope to be better next year as I have been doing strength and conditioning in lockdown which will help me develop my game to compete against bigger opponents.

7. Who do you have around you to support you and coach you?
I have had Stuart and Carlos who were coaching me in Ulster, and Ben and Lynsey in squads while Lynsey takes me for private lessons.

8. If failure was not an option what would you love to achieve in your sport?
I would love to win Wimbledon and become number 1 in the world. I know it might seem unrealistic to some, but I’d like to show that nothing is impossible. It’s going to take a lot of work though.  

9. What are some of your other favourite sports or hobbies?
I like to play other sports such as basketball and football, both of which I play for my school and I do a bit of gaming at home when I’m free.

10. Why would you recommend your sport to anyone else reading this?
Although tennis is competitive, it’s also fun because you make friend for life.

Name: Ellie McVeigh
Age: 19
Sport: Squash

1. When did you start playing your sport?
I started playing squash when I was around 8 years old at the Belfast Boat Club.

2. Who was your first hero or inspiration in your sport?
I would say my first hero was Madeline Perry. She was a sportswoman who trained out of the Belfast Boat Club, and also reached extremely high levels in her squash (world ranked number 3 in 2011). I definitely looked up to her a lot.

3. What is the best thing you enjoy most about it?
I do enjoy the training and competition but probably most I enjoy the places that I get to travel to and the people that I meet through squash.

4. How often do you train or practice at the Belfast Boat Club?
When I'm home and all through my junior career, I trained at the Boat Club 6  days a week.

5. What is your best achievement to date?
I think that my best achievement to date is making the Ireland Senior team. Although I was unable to travel due to school exams, it was definitely something that I aimed for.

6. What are some of your goals for the next five years?
I just completed my first-year in University, so one would definitely be to graduate! In terms of squash, I play for my school, Columbia University, a team which for the last 3 years has consistently finished a higher place in Team Nationals each year, so a big goal would definitely be to carry on this tradition for my own next three years at the University.

7. Who do you have around to coach and support you?
Now that I attend school in America, I have my team coaches there who coach and train me. However, throughout the largest part of my junior career and when I am home in Belfast, I have Josh McVeigh, my brother and squash coach at the Boat Club. Also to support me, I wouldn't be anywhere near where I am today without my parents. Furthermore, I have consistent support at the Boat Club, including the squash players at the club and the facilities and training opportunities that I have there.

8. If failure was not an option, what would you love to achieve in your sport?
With no failure, and for the next 3 years competing for Columbia University, I would love to be on a team that achieved the highest rank. Currently sitting at 5th in the country, I would love to be able to push this higher during my time on the team.

9. What are some of your other favourite sports or hobbies?
I played netball since I was around 7/8 also and continued to play until just last year. I played for my school team and for Northern Ireland. I love the sport and it was a big part of my life along with squash - I definitely miss it now.

10. Why would you recommend your sport to anyone else reading this?
I would say that squash is an amazing sport to play - not only is it fun and has introduced me to people that I will be friends with for life, it also is one of the healthiest sports that a person can take part in. Also, it's an indoor sport, so in Belfast that's a big plus! If anyone reading this is thinking of taking up a new sport, choose squash and get down to the Boat Club!

Finally, one last Get To Know Me profiles a man who has given so much to the club for the last 30 years and more.  He is a rower, a Dome Meisner and an all-round great guy who would help anyone out if they needed it - Mr Charlie Cunningham

Name: Charlie Cunningham
Age:  71
Sport: Veteran Rowing

1. When did you start playing your sport?
I started rowing in February 1999. I had to give up rugby because of a knee injury and rowing was suggested as an alternative.

2. Who was your first hero or inspiration in your sport?
First hero or inspiration was Steve Redgrave and his Olympic Gold medal winning crew. 

3. What is the best thing you enjoy most about it?
The thing I most enjoy about rowing is the camaraderie. I have made many friends not just at the Belfast Boat club but in clubs across Ireland. Fitness has been a big benefit. I have also travelled widely to events all over the world

4. How often do you train or practise at the Belfast Boat Club?
When training for major events I would be rowing 3-4 times a week alongside circuit training and the dreaded ergometer.

5. What is your best achievement to date?
Have been fortunate to row in some excellent crews and have notched up many pennants, medals and tankards. My two highlights would be winning a medal at the World Masters in Vienna in 2009 and a gold medal at the British championships in 2011.

6. What are some of your goals for the next five years?
Would love to keep on rowing and aim for one more World Masters event at least.

7. Who do you have around to support and coach you?
I started rowing with Ken Morrow as coach and since then have been grateful for coaching and training over the years with Alison Gilbert, Stephen Lockwood, Paddy Kemp and more recently Jim Nimmons.

8. If failure was not an option what would you love to achieve in your sport?
To keep on rowing!

9. What are some of your other favourite sports or hobbies?
Tennis and skiing. My main hobby at the moment is building model aircraft.(Ideal for lockdown).

10. Why would you recommend your sport to anyone else reading this?
Rowing is a great team sport. From the fitness aspect you use all your major muscle groups  and it certainly gets your heart and lungs working.. As Veteran rowers we train hard, row hard and enjoy ourselves!

Extra Info

I think I joined the Belfast Boat Club in 1980, maybe before. I was invited to the summer BBQ and Fete which took place on court 5. I liked the whole set up and as a keen tennis player in those days, I signed up.

I got roped into the committee fairly quickly, starting off with the entertainments sub-committee. I was also responsible for Squash court bookings which kept me very busy as squash was at its peak. I then did my stint as Honorary Treasurer, though it was really Steve Adamson who did the accounting side, but I had to look after the fruit machines, which were hugely profitable for the club. There were meters for the squash courts in those days, and for the snooker room lights. I spent a lot of time counting and bagging 10p coins! Fortunately there was a machine to help.

I'm not sure of specific dates but it wasn't long before I was elected as Honorary Manager Grounds. It was at this time that I became involved with the the dome, and worked with Des Pedlow who eventually inveigled me into becoming his successor as Dome Meister 2. Once I had done my time as Hon Mgr Grounds, I decided I had concluded my share of Committee and Council work and just focused on the domes. Last year I eventually passed on the reins to Chris Sanlon (DM3) though I’m still around to help should he need me.

Coming Up This Week...

This week we are offering plenty of ways to keep fit, active and entertained:
 

Fitness Classes

Monday 18th - Sunday 24th May

MONDAY
Power Pilates     12:30pm

TUESDAY
Flow Pilates        5.00pm
Power Pilates      6.00pm
Hatha Yoga         8:00pm

WEDNESDAY
Power Pilates     12.30pm
Workout             From 2pm

THURSDAY
Hatha Yoga        12:00pm

SUNDAY             
Hatha Yoga        10:00am


HOW TO BOOK

Pilates with Liv - Click on either Pilates Flow or Pilates Power. Enter the code “BOATCLUB” to get the session for FREE.

Yoga with Paddy - One class free per week. E-mail Paddy to register.

Workout - with one of the coaches. This week it’s Lynsey McCullough again, so be sure to check out what she has in store.

We hope you can find something suitable to help keep you moving and active.

Entertainment


Stuart's Weekly Quiz

Stuart’s QUIZ continues every Tuesday at 8pm for just over one hour. Connect to this via Stuart’s personal Facebook page. Send him a friend request if you like or just watch without that connection.

Cooking Lesson

Delizia are running another LIVE cooking class this Wednesday at 11am. This week they will be making breadsticks. Ingredients required are: 
Flour, water, salt, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, onion, parmesan cheese
 

If you have any further ideas for content you’d like to see from the Boat Club Bulletin or on our social media pages, or if you would like to nominate a member to be profiled as part of the Get To Know Me interviews, just get in touch with Stuart to make your suggestion. Many thanks once again to all our members for your continued support.  If you have any queries relating to your membership or the club in general please e-mail membership@belfastboatclub.com.

Gayleene's Nails & Beauty


Gayleene’s Nails & Beauty is run by Gayleene Deans in the Boat Club and she is able to supply beauty products from the Tropic brand.  Anyone wishing to support her at this time and have a relaxing treatment to look forward to when we reopen can purchase vouchers - all information is on her Facebook page.

Delizia


Also don't forget that Delizia are still running a takeaway service with their delicious Italian menu of fresh produce. The latest menus are below.
View Delizia's Takeaway Menu
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