Sinds he took up rowing, the founder of our club, Charles Henri Dallemagne, always thought about starting a new club, more modern, younger, more “fun” in Belgium.When in 1997, the juniors he trained in another club wanted a better infrastructure, more “cool”, more flexible, matching young rowers demands, the idea was back. That year then, an experienced rower, a bunch of young rowers supported by dedicated adults (J-C Marchal, Josiane Stradiot and E. Van Cleemput) started the club.
The name? Submitted to the young guys with the only demand to start with an “a”, the pseudo of a French rap singer came straight away up : “Akhenaton” of the group ‘I am”! After that “Roei” for rowing and “School” to underline that we teach rowing, comes naturally to complete the name, like a famous London rowing club.
The only problem was “where to locate the club”. After some trials hiring boat garages here and there, having tried to team up with a club in Ghent, where we still put back on tracks a rowing activity at the University, the club finds a temporary agreement in Grimbergen. The project for a new building is still on.
In 2004, we set up a introductions to the sport program back and we introduce “surfrowing / surfboat”, this famous Australian discipline, in Belgium.
Since then, we have started together with the British, French and Dutch, the European Surf Rowers Federation and we organize every year the Benelux Surfrowing Championships.
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From the beginning, dedication and tenacity of Akhenaton’s young rowers gave results with winning a Belgian Cup winner in 1999 and ensuring a selection for the national team in 2000.
2002 to 2004: hundreds of introductions to the sport at University of Ghent.
2012: we made from scratch a champion, a girl of 13/14 years old then, to whom we learned to row but also knew how to fight and had physiological qualities to win races.
Nowadays, initiations is part of the day2day life and an 8 man takes shape … not without difficulty given the charge of the studies and very young early-career workers. We have also since 2012 an agreement with the VUB and Odisee (HUB), Brussels students.
We give initiations on most Saturday morning at 10:30 am at 52 Oostvaartdijk 1850 Grimbergen, ask for the next date.
More experienced rowers row on weekdays too, Tuesday and Thursday.
Of course, competition rowers are training EVERY day, according to the program defined by the coaches.
Initiations /introduction to rowing : the form under PDF here
Warn the training crews : link to contact page