Warwick Rowers dare to bare for calendar - The Leamington Observer

Warwick Rowers dare to bare for calendar

WARWICK Rowers are baring not quite all once again as they continue their fight for equality.

The University of Warwick rowers – who count Boy George, Stephen Fry and Gok Wan among their fans – have just published their seventh annual calendar.

They continue to promote positive attitudes towards people of different genders and sexualities while raising money for their charity Sport Allies, which promotes sport equality.

The calendars have already raised thousands for charity, being sold in 80 countries and twice being named the charity calendar of the year.

Shots this year were taken across the UK and Spain – including a couple close too home, at Coughton Court near Alcester and at Baddesley Clinton.

Photographer Angus Malcolm, who once again shot the calendar, said: “For the last seven years, it has been my privilege to work with the rowers to raise funds for their sport and to challenge homophobia in sport.

“I have seen the passion, dedication and commitment that they bring to both aspects of the project and I am proud of how bravely these young athletes have used their naked bodies to restate their commitment to freedom and diversity.”

The highlight of the rowers’ year so far was having their first float on the streets of the capital for London Pride – which drew in a million-strong crowd.

Lucas, who is now on his second calendar, said: “Being part of the calendar was already the highlight of my university experience, but to feel that connection with the crowd on the float has given me one of the greatest moments of my life.

“It shows what can happen if you decide to stand up for something.”

The calendar costs £14.99 and is available from www.warwickrowers.org or from various shops across the district.


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