The Coigach Community Rowing project has been awarded £5,000 for the purchase of new equipment.
Thanks to Scottish Sea Farms’ Heart of the Community Trust the rowing club will be able to buy new lifejackets and fitness equipment, allowing them to pursue involvement in national and international competitions.
Formed in 2010, the Coigach club are the current World St Ayles Skiff Rowing Champions and over 10 per cent of the community, aged 17 to 70s, are involved.
Club secretary Lesley Muir said: “This money will enable us to purchase a really good set of lifejackets and two training rowing machines for our weekly fitness sessions, which are open to anyone over 12 years of age in the community.
“It will also allow two crews and the two rowing skiffs we have built to get to London in September 2014 to defend our title as the Alan Spong Trophy winners at the 21-mile Thames Great River Race.”
Ewan Gibb, manager at Scottish Sea Farms’ Summer Isles site, added: “We are delighted to help Coigach Community Rowing. We operate a salmon farm in part of the bay close to Achiltibuie where the rowers train and some of our Scottish Sea Farms staff are directly involved, with one a men’s open gold medallist at the skiff worlds. We hope this HCT grant might lead to more medal-winning world champs on our staff!”