A calendar by Peterborough rowers to raise money for LGBTQ issues in sport has been released. Engaging in a tradition made famous by the Warwick Rowers from the UK, members of the Peterborough Rowing Club have created a semi-nude calendar (and various prints) called "Gentlemen of the Otonabee" to tackle issues of homophobia and showcase their brotherhood in sport.
The tasteful, rustic, vintage-toned calendar—aptly named for the 6 km stretch of the river that runs by the rowing club in Peterborough—speaks to the sense of tradition that the rowers all share. Rowing is steeped in heritage and has a long-standing reputation of gentlemanly behaviour, both on and off the water.
"It's about building an ally base," says Evan Schuett, a member of the rowing team. "Sport should have no sexual orientation—and in a sport where tight-fitting unisuits already leave little to the imagination, we thought this was an issue that we could address publicly."