They’re back: The Warwick Rowers 2017 naked calendar is out
The calendar aims to raise awareness for homophobia in sports
It’s official: the Warwick Rowers 2017 naked calendar has been released today.
The team of university athletes have stripped off in a bid to raise money for their charity, Sports Allies, which serves to raise awareness for homophobia in sports.
The long awaited calendar has been released alongside a viral video and a range of new products on their website.
All profits will go to charity, and with the support of Visit Britain this year, the athletes were able to shoot their calendar in a range of historic locations.
Their long-time photographer and producer, Angus Malcom, said: “For the last seven years, it has been my privilege to work with the rowers to raise funds for their sport and to challenge homophobia in sport.
“I have seen the passion, dedication and commitment that they bring to both aspects of the project so it was a pleasure to be able to share with other young people from all over the world the idea that you can create a viable enterprise while also campaigning for social change.”
The calendar has been a massive hit since the first release in 2009.
Earlier this year, the calendar received four awards from celebrity host Eamonn Holmes, at London’s 2016 National Calendar Awards.
These included: Charity Calendar of the Year, Best Design and the Elephant Award for best overall retail Calendar.
The Rowers now have more than 100,000 followers on Instagram, but they have a lot more to offer than their social media presence.
As well as going to New York to promote LGBT tourism to the UK, they submitted written evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport, as part of its inquiry into homophobia in sport.
Lucas, who is now on his second calendar, added: “Being part of the calendar was already the highlight of my university experience.”
Orders can be made on www.warwickrowers.org