Ross Rowing Club hosted their annual Easter camp for squad
members, combining the camp with its highly successful Discover
Rowing programme for new juniors. During the week 20 squad
members continued their technical and work related training
schedules in preparation for the imminent summer season.
The Academy Members were joined by 20 brand new young athletes
who completed a course which took them from capsize drill
to competent in a racing scull in just 5 days. This
programme has been running now for four years and had produced
some outstanding athletes and squad members, several of
whom have won medals in national events.
enthusiasm and confidence developed over the week was very
impressive with many of the new rowers already keen to join
the Junior Academy. The week finished with competitive races
which were keenly contested. The final day was capped with
a presentation ceremony where the new starters received
certificates and medals.
Captain Ian Howell said, 'We were keen this year to have
a large new intake of young people and it is a real pleasure
to be involved in inspiring young athletes to enjoy a new
sport. I am very proud of what they achieved and I must
pay a huge thank you to the incredible support we had from
coaches and club members. Each day we had at least 10 coaches
and helpers. Special thanks go to Emily Preece and Geena
Watling, both graduates of the Junior Academy who provided
exceptional support for the beginner rowers. The icing on
the cake was in the midst of this tremendous event , John
Faulkner gained his UK Level Two coaching qualification.
We are very grateful to John and thrilled by his achievement'.