Welcome to our second Monday ‘Meet the Rower’, where we say hi to Zarni Tun, a para-rower who has trained and raced with the program since 2014. Want to hear more about Zarni? Read on!
“When I was eight months old when my parents discovered that I have cerebral palsy. At the age of two my parents joined Rainbow Club which helps children with disabilities to learn to swim. When I was 7 I was swimming without the assistance of floating devices. In later years I took part in my primary school swim carnivals. When I reached high school, I represented Sydney Secondary College, Leichhardt at the NSW Combined High School Swimming Championships in my disability class and have won medals.”
“Sometime in October, 2014, my physiotherapist recommended me to do rowing and I was introduced to Barbara Ramjan and Anne Craig, para rowing instructors at the Balmain Rowing Club. I started rowing in mid of December, 2014. In the beginning my uncoordinated body found rowing difficult as there was no support for my back and all my focus went to keep my back steady. After a while a new seat with back rest was arranged for me and since then my body became relaxed, which allowed me to focus more on my strokes.”
“From then on I have gained greater body strength and have become a better para rower. And I could have not done this without the dedication of my two lovely instructors. By the end of every lesson, I have learnt something new that has helped me improve and that I have carried it into my next lesson, increasing my speed, strength and endurance.”
“The strength I gain from rowing has helped me a lot in my everyday activities. I have raced in around 4 or 5 events now and have won a medal from most of them for first place in my category. From time to time I do admit I am bit slow and struggle to keep staying in my lane. But I will strive to overcome this and become a better para-rower aiming for bigger events.”
Zarni has been racing for Balmain for almost 3 seasons now and has consistently performed in both the AS and rec-500 para categories. Zarni has medalled at both club and state events, and is keen to continue his rowing with BRC.