Family boat crew connection ? Mother-daughter combination could be a first


URUNGA open women's surf boat crew believe they are one of a kind.

Urunga is quite possibly the only surf boat club in Australia which features a mother and daughter in the one crew.

About 12 months ago Hollie McBride convinced mum, Shelley Lowe, to try surf boat rowing and the pair haven't looked back.

"Hollie was rowing for about three months before me and I wasn't too sure what to expect when she suggested I have a go," Shelley said.

"Before I tried it, I had no idea what a surf boat looked like, how big it was or how heavy the oars were.

"We have been in Urunga for four years, but before that we lived in Cobar ? there definitely wasn't any surf there.

"It is totally different to any sport I have played, but I love it, it is really addictive.

"It's also really good to keep fit.

"You have got to be fit because if you aren't you will die in the boat and let the other three girls down.

"It is such an adrenalin rush."

Tuesday's back page of the Coffs Coast Advocate caught one of those moments of adrenalin that has hooked Shelley and Hollie, when their boat nearly up-ended in the wash.

"We were almost perpendicular and could have easily tipped over," Shelley said.

"But once we landed and went out past the white water we all let out this euphoric scream, it gave us an incredible high."

To the Urunga club's knowledge, having a mother-daughter in one crew is a first in Australia.

"It is very rare," Shelley said.

"There are people at our club who have been involved with surf clubs for 40-50 years and have been to a lot competitions and they have never seen it (a mother-daughter combination)."

After an indifferent first season, Shelley is confident Urunga will fare better this summer.

"We want to be in the top three open girls crews," she said.

"Last year we didn't come last, but we certainly weren't one of the placegetters.

"We have a new sweep who has corrected our stroke and we are already improving."



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