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Row AHEAD

Row AHEAD participants rowing on the waterRow AHEAD is a 12-week program in which Curtin University staff and volunteers guide Clontarf Aboriginal College students through an intensive academic mentoring and State level rowing program.

Participating Clontarf students meet twice a week for rowing lessons at the Curtin University Boat Club Rowing Shed on the Canning River and once a week in the classroom, where they are provided with academic tutoring to assist with improving their literacy and numeracy skills. Curtin Stadium also provides training sessions for the Clontarf students in order to boost their overall fitness.

Row AHEAD participants standing next to the riverThe Row AHEAD program uses rowing as a vessel to engage students in education, increase their self-confidence, provide exposure to university life and programs, and present higher education as a viable option for their futures.

The participants in the pilot in 2014 were recognised as the first crews comprised entirely by Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders to take part in a State regatta.

To find out more about Row AHEAD, contact Charles Flodin, AHEAD in Schools Program Coordinator.