Radford Rowers in training

By Charlotte Cross, Rowing Gap Student

On Sunday 28 January, 48 rowers and eight coaches travelled to the Sports and Recreation Centre in Jindabyne. After spending hours loading two boat trailers, four speed boats and what seemed endless mountain bikes, the athletes and coaches began their journey to what would be a challenging five-day training camp.

With the days starting at 5.45 am and finishing sometimes at 8 pm, the athletes (and coaches!) really had their work cut out for them. The fantastic facilities at the Centre allowed all crews to fully recover and prepare for the next session. Crew stamina was built up with a long morning row followed by short, sharp speed sessions in the evenings.Dawn training at rowing camp Despite a few cold mornings and a couple of windy afternoons, all squads managed to complete their workload and obvious improvements were made. Congratulations to the Senior Squad for conquering Mount Kosciuszko on their fourth day of the camp!

Training up to four times a day on alpine waters and mountains was a great experience for all. The Intermediate squads used their time effectively to improve their technique and approached the intense training with a mature outlook. Noticeable improvements have been made as they continue to prepare for the fast-approaching Head of the River in only a few weeks' time.

Rowing camp selfiesNot only did the crews make the most of the water sessions, they also improved their fitness during the cross-training sessions. They completed a 26-kilometre mountain bike ride around Lake Jindabyne and walks in the Snowy Mountains. The morale was high and the all groups should be proud of their performance over the week.

Congratulations to Damien Schroder and Lissie Gregory, who have been selected to compete at the NSW State Championships next weekend amongst the Senior A Crews. This is a huge achievement for two young athletes.

One of Radford's medal-winning crewsBoth the Senior Boys and Senior Girls followed this tough training week with success at the King's PLC Regatta at the Olympic Penrith Course in Sydney. Radford had a came away with gold medals in the Schoolgirl A Quad, Under Boys Quad and Schoolgirl Double Scull. A silver medal was clinched in the Schoolboy Quad and a bronze was awarded to the girls quad in the under 19 division. A couple of close 4th places were achieved by the Boys B and Girls C quads.

All the early mornings and tough sessions are clearly paying off for these athletes – keep up the good work! There is still time to do some last-minute speed work before NSW State Championship and Head of the River – good luck to all!

COME AND TRY DAY

Radford rowing will host a come and try day for students in Years 6–11 on Saturday 7 April. 9–11 am. No experience necessary. Come down and visit the Radford College Rowing Shed (Lot 17 John Cardiff Cl, Acton) and have a go in a boat, on a paddle board or in a kayak. There is no cost for this event. To allow us to arrange adequate supervision, please send expressions of interest to Maddy Staubitz maddy.staubitz@radford.act.edu.au

Important dates for the term:

  • Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 February: NSW State Championships. Senior Boy & Senior Girls A Quads with some small-boat competitors from the Intermediate squad
  • Saturday 24 February: RACT Regatta #5. Girls and some Y7 boys
  • Sunday 25 February: NSW Schoolboy Head of the River Regatta, Sydney International Regatta Centre (depart 11 am, Saturday 24 February, return 9.30 pm, Sunday 25 February). Years 7–12 boys
  • Saturday 3 March: NSW Schoolgirl Head of the River Regatta, Sydney International Regatta Centre (depart 11 am, Friday 2 March, return 9.30 pm, Sunday 3 March). Years 7–12 girls
  • Saturday 3 – Sunday 4 March: ACT State Championships, Lake Burley Griffin. Selected boys’ crews
  • Monday 5 March: FoRR committee meeting, 7 pm in Room 71
  • Saturday 10 March: ACT Schools Head of the Lake. All rowers are required to attend
  • Saturday 17 March: CLRC Short Course Regatta. All squads
  • Saturday 17 March: End of Season Rowing Dinner & Awards night – all rowers & parents
  • 19–25 March: Australian Rowing Championships, Sydney. Selected crews
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