Man who started rowing aged 70 hopes MK’s European City of Sport title will motivate others

Malcolm Haynes had never taken up the sport prior to joining MK Rowing Club and now competes in races every weekend

Monday, 9th March 2020, 3:20 pm
Updated Monday, 9th March 2020, 3:20 pm

He trains three times a week on Caldecotte Lake and MK Rowing Club’s indoor machines, and competes most weekends in singles and doubles competitions.

He said: “I’ve always been a fan of rowing, having watched lots of it on the TV – and I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t give it a go myself.

“It’s a great sport, especially for someone like me who suffers from arthritis, because there is no impact involved.”

MK Rowing Club

The club was founded in 1995 and now has an active membership of more than 100 people.

Helen Smith, MK Rowing Club chairman, said: “We’re really proud of what Malcolm has managed to achieve in the last three years – and he’s a great club member too, always helping out wherever he can.

“As a club we’re really excited about MK’s European City of Sport title – it’s great to see so many different clubs and sports coming together.”

Watersports in the city are being celebrated as the sport of the month for March as part of Milton Keynes’ year as a European City of Sport.

A different activity in MK will be chosen for each month throughout 2020, to highlight local successes and encourage more participants.