The club that launched Ben Pritchard towards the world championship podium is managing to stay afloat thanks to grant money from the Be Active Wales Fund.
City of Swansea Rowing Club – who took Pritchard onto the water after a cycling accident ended his triathlon career in 2016 – are having to adapt to a whole new world.
Until March of this year, the club in Swansea Marina was helping hone the skills of Pritchard on the River Tawe.
They did a pretty good job, too, as he followed in the footsteps of the club’s previous para-rowing star, James Roberts, and looked destined to follow his clubmate to the Paralympics before Covid-19 struck.
Instead, the shutdown forced the club to close its doors for Pritchard and their other 65 members and getting the boats out again has proved a difficult challenge.