Ken Lyons, now 77, has been interested in rowing since watching the Inspector Morse TV series in Australia. The series often included an elegant shot of a single sculler that proved intriguing enough for Ken to think he should give it a go at some point. He kept the idea of rowing in his back pocket for decades.
When asked “Why rowing now?” Ken says “I was always interested but never felt I had the time to learn and get competent. Work got in the way and I travelled frequently and extensively. In my early 70’s I started to throttle back, travel less, and made time for other things. “
He started with a month-long twice-a-week learn-to-row course, then a six-week transition to rowing in singles and quad with the Sunshine Coast Rowing Club on the Maroochy River, which is a coastal tidal river in sub-tropical Australia.
“I realized I had to get the kilometres on the water in to master the technique so I started with a single that was a bit wider and just rowed and rowed for about one year until I was reasonably comfortable, then I moved to a normal single scull, a regular double and a quad.”
Ken had years competing in gymnastics as a young man, so understood technique, breathing, co-ordinated power and timing, not to mention fitness.
Ken who says Sunshine Coast Rowing Club has many silver hairs, feels that rowing is neat, elegant, and great exercise, but is a challenge to do correctly with grace. Still, when he is out in a scull, a double, or 4 on a quiet river with no traffic in a beautiful setting, he loves the feeling of tranquility and serenity. Serenity is the name of his single scull.
“I hope to continue rowing for many years to come.”