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Inspiring Stories

The Fievez Family's Rowing Journey


In the picturesque town of Claremont, WA, Jane and Pierre Fievez, members of the Freemantle Rowing Club (FRC), are redefining what it means to be passionate about rowing. This isn't just a story about their son, John, a decorated rower with international and national medals to his name; it's about a family whose life revolves around the waters and oars of rowing. 

For the Fievez family, rowing is more than a sport; it's a family affair, a way of life that has brought them closer together and connected them with a larger community. Their journey took a significant turn when they nominated themselves as volunteers for #ARC23. While others might hesitate at such a commitment, Jane and Pierre saw it as an opportunity to give back to the sport that had given their family so much joy and fulfillment. 

Jane speaks of rowing with a sparkle in her eye, "rowing is the ultimate sport for gathering a sense of camaraderie." Indeed, the sense of belonging and lifelong friendships formed through the sport is unparalleled. It's not just about the physical prowess required to compete; it's about the spirit of teamwork, mutual respect, and shared goals that makes rowing special for them. 

Though the Eights are often the highlight of any regatta, Jane and Pierre harbour a special admiration for the Quadruple Scull event. They marvel at the technical skill it takes to synchronise the eight oars amongst four rowers, a testament to the sport's complexity and the athletes' dedication. 

Beyond the excitement on the water, there's an immense amount of work that goes into organising each event. Volunteering at #ARC23, the Fievez's have experienced firsthand the behind-the-scenes efforts required to make each competition a success. From managing the Information Centre to holding boats and keeping time, their roles are varied but equally crucial in ensuring that the events run smoothly. 

What stands out most about Jane and Pierre's involvement in rowing is their unwavering enthusiasm and love for the sport. The welcoming community, the thrill of the races, and the spirit of teamwork it fosters are just a few reasons they are so dedicated to rowing. They see the impact it has on bringing people together, promoting team spirit, and building character. 

The Fievez family's story is not just inspiring because of their achievements or their roles in the rowing world. It's inspiring because it showcases the power of sport to unite, to create lasting bonds, and to instill values of teamwork and dedication. For Jane, Pierre, and John Fievez, rowing is more than just a sport; it's a way of life that continues to inspire and motivate not just them, but everyone they touch through their commitment and passion.