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Lakeside History (mexican rowing history)

Rowing sport history



LAKESIDE HISTORY                                     TopG  Main&




The history of Lakeside Rowing Club is closely to the mexican rowing history.


In the second half of XIX century, during General Porfirio Díaz governement, it was an inmigration of english enginneers to Mexico for silver mines explotation in Hidalgo state. The family Phillips were between them.



Thomas Phillips was born in Mexico, and together with Reverend Thomas Sherlock (from Oxford) would found the first rowing club in Mexico in 1888. This was the first contact with this european sport for mexican society.

Thomas Phillips was fascinated for rowing, so people began to name him "Lakeside" that origines the name of the Lakeside Rowing Club AC., not only the first rowing club but the first sport club in Mexico.


The Lakeside Rowing Club was first established in Ayotla town, at the shore of the Chalco Lake. By this time, it was founded the "Cosmopolita Rowing Club", thus the first competitions started, nevertheless Cosmopolita has very short life.


When Chalco Lake was dried, Lakeside Rowing Club was established at the Peñón, at the shore of Texcoco Lake, but some years after, due to the bad conditions of Texcoco lake, Lakeside was moved to Mexicaltzingo.


In 1893, was founded the "Veracruzanos Ruderverein" in the City of Veracruz. In that year, Lakeside Rowing Club was established in Xochimilco, close to the present location of the club.




By the year of 1909, a group of german oarsmen founded the "Eureka Club" after named "Deutscher Ruderverein Mexiko" and also knowed as "Club Alemán de Regatas" (in the present "Club Antares").


In 1912, the Lakeside Rowing Club changed its name to the "British Boating Club". In the next year was founded the first Rowing Asociation in Mexico, named "Asociación de Regatas de México" constitued by the "British Boating Club" (At the present Lakeside Rowing Club AC), the "Club Alemán de Regatas", the "Veracruzanos Ruderverein" and the "Corona Rowing Club of Tampico".


In 1914, the Rowing Asociation of Regattas organizes the first International Regatta, followed for other regattas, until Mexican Revolution and First World War interrupted them.


By 1924, it was founded the rowing extention of "Real Club España " (Today Club España, Rowing Section).


The British Boating Club recovers its original name of Lakeside Rowing Club in 1961. The Mexican Association of Regattas change its name definitively to "Federación Mexicana de Remo, A.C." (Mexican Rowing Federation). By this year, the problems of Lakeside begin with the decrement of the number of fellows.



The Lakeside Rowing Club was absent in the mexican panorama for some years until the force and enthusiasm of some veteran fellows, leadered by Pat O'Hea and Antony Enyedy, who lived the rowing glory years at the 1950's, revived it for continue with the Legend of the First Mexican Rowing Club.


Thus Lakeside Rowing Club has been followed its activities without any interrumption since 1990.

Today, the club has different sections for rowing lovers: kids, teens, novats, begginers, juniors, seniors and masters for national and international regattas competition, and for recreation.


The rowing kinds, practiced in the club are: skiff (single scull), double scull, two oars without cox, quadruple scull, four oars with and without cox, eight oars with cox and indoor rowing.




ROWING SPORT HISTORY                                TopG  Main&


There is not any evidence of the rowing practice as a sport or hobby, before the XVIII century. The oldest sport regattas taked place in the Thames river. In America, the oldest regattas of competition were in New York, USA, in 1756.



The oldest rowing school club was founded in 1815, in the Oxford University. In USA, "Knickerbocker Club", was the first rowing club in 1823. By 1934, it was celebrated the first Rowing Asociation: "Amateur Boat Club Association", in New York, USA


In the half of XIX century, rowing became a very popular sport in Europe, Australia, USA and Canada. There was a lot of songs and drawings about rowing and oarsmen. By these years, the popularity was extended to China and Russia.


In 1873, Argentina and Peru founded the first latinamerican rowing clubs. At the end of XIX century, also there were oarswomen in USA.


In 1880, a oarsman Ned Hanlan became a very popular world known sportman. In 1886, the american actor Nicolas Cage was Ned Hanlan in the oarsman life for the movie "The boy in blue".


In 1888, by the influence of english enginneers to Mexico, Lakeside, the first mexican rowing club was founded.


In 1892, the "Federation Internationale des Societes d'Aviron" (FISA) was founded in Thurin, Italy. This is the first international association for an amateur sport. By 1893, the first European Championship was organized in Italy. At the present, FISA is the Asociation for the world rowing regulation.


By 1896, Pierre de Coubertin organizes the first Olympic Games of the modern epoch, in Greece. The rowing was included but due to the bad water conditions in Pireaus Port, the rowing competitions were cancelled.  Nevertheless, the rowing has been included in all Olympic games since then and it is the unique team sport with this record of continuity and longevity.



In the Olympic Games of Paris, 1900, it was included 6 rowing competitions, and by this time, all the conditions were good and there was not any problem for the regattas.


In 1913, it was founded the first Mexican Rowing Association, "Asociación de Regatas de México" (Today Federación Mexicana de Remo, FMR).


When First World War happened, most of rowing clubs suspended its regattas, till the war was finished. In the Olympic Games of Germany, 1936, the german oarsmen won most of rowing medals. During Second Word War, the regattas were suspended for second time games.


During the Olympic Games in London, 1948, the rowing competitions were take place in Henley. In that epoch, there was the first rowing artistic exhibition that originated the first Rowing Museum.


The first regatta for oarswomen was in 1951, in France. By 1954, the First European Rowing Championship for women was organized in Amsterdam, Holanda.


Mexico organizes the 2st Panamerican Games in 1955. The competitions included rowing regattas celebrated in the old canal of Xochimilco, besides the present Cuemanco Olympic Course.


In 1956, Mexico goes for first time to the rowing competitions in any Olympic Games, in Melbourne, Australia.


In 1965 the first regatta "Head of the Charles" was organized in Boston, Massachusetts. At the present is the most popular and with the major quantity of competitors in USA.


In 1968, the Olympic Games take place in Mexico, the first and unique latinamerican country with this honor.


The Olympic Rowing and Canoing Course "Virgilio Uribe",  was constructed for the olympic competitions. The fellows of Lakeside Rowing Club were the more enthusiasthic for this construction. The course was the better artificial course in that epoch until the end of 1980's.


Unfortunately, in the recent years the course and buildings are deteriorated for a very little interest of the mexican authorities.

México 68

El bote 8+ de Australia, que ganó

medalla de plata, es hoy "Don Patricio"

(prop. Club Lakeside)


The Olympic Games of Montreal, 1976, included the first rowing competition for women.


In 1981 the indoor rowing was popularized with the ergometer, introduced by the Concept II company and became an esential part for the oarsmen training in all the world.


The Olympic Games of Atlanta, 1996, included the first rowing competitions for light weight men and women.


Mexican rowing celebrated 100 years old of existence in1988.





In the next Olympic Games of Beijing, 2008, it will included the first rowing competitions for people with different habilities.