Rowing Easter Camp 2016
Storm Katie blew into the south of England over Easter weekend, so a last minute change of venue to Dorney Lake (home of Olympic rowing) proved necessary, as the Thames was flooded.
The J15 boys and girls and the J16 -18 girls rowed in a mix of boats with the focus on technical work. Meanwhile the J16 -18 boys raced for places in the Henley and National Schools’ quads, notching up 23.5km during the day.
Team-building was a focus of the camp with the J15 boys and girls climbing Jacob’s Ladder during the week. Several of the rowers were nervous to start with but all conquered their fears with the help of their team.
There was great excitement among our girls when three of the Oxford Women’s Boat Race-winning team arrived to train in a single and pair for their forthcoming Under 23 trials. We picked up lots of tips from their technique.
In the evenings the rowers took part in discussions on sports psychology, clean sport and good nutrition. We tried out visualisation as a tool for helping with race day nerves and our rowers have been practising the technique for the forthcoming regatta season.
Awards at the end of the week were closely contested as everyone had improved their rowing so it was very difficult to choose our Stars of the Week and our Most Improved Rowers. However Awards went to:
J15 Stars: Felix Haynes and Harriet Holyhead
J16 Stars: Alec Berry and Olivia Sparks
J17-18 Stars: Ashley Nock and Aysen Naylor
Most Improved Boy: Joe Murray
Most Improved Girl: Amelia Fish
Most Improved Beginner: Imogen Still
Thank you to all our coaches, Mrs Foister, Mrs Sturgess, Mr Malein and Mr Mitchell for their hard work in making Easter Camp 2016 ‘Plan B’ a great experience. Well done to all our rowers who remained cheerful and worked very hard despite the camp not being quite as we planned!
In 2017 we are heading to Portugal for our Easter Camp; full details will be revealed on 10 May at our talk to rowers and parents (please check the School Calendar for details).
Mrs Jane Sullivan – Head of Rowing