From the Boatshed
Term 1 is an exciting time for the rowers at Gippsland Grammar as the season builds to its climax in March. Returning from the summer holidays, our student athletes were thrown straight in to active training at camp in Johnsonville on the Tambo River.
Lealow Caravan Park in Johnsonville provides the perfect location for the week, with excellent accommodation and effortless access to the pristine Tambo River waters.
With a zest for life and passion for rowing, the senior and intermediate rowers arrived on Tuesday 16 January to immerse themselves in a week of eating, sleeping and lots of rowing. Given the intensity of the training on the water, and the early morning starts, it is not surprising that many distinguished the food on camp as their personal highlight, giving credit to the parents of the ‘McColl Club - Friends of Rowing’ for their endeavours in the kitchen.
The aim of camp was for the student athletes to enjoy themselves as they continued their journey through the season. The coaching team and Senior Captains helped to keep the atmosphere buoyant with games and activities throughout the 7-day camp. The volume of laughter soared once the juniors arrived on the Friday to join their older squad mates. It was a joy and a pleasure to watch the whole rowing family of athletes, parents and coaches all interacting with each other, fostering their passion for excellence and culture of enjoying the sport.
The following weekend in Geelong provided the opportunity to measure our progress at a regatta. The hard work from camp and the athletes’ pursuit of excellence paid off: every student won Gold in their event, with the squad finishing fourth on the medal table, despite a squad size smaller than the majority of Victorian schools. A wonderful reward for our students’ dedication and commitment.
As Term starts, the focus remains on the push to the pinnacle regattas of the season. The girls will race at Head of the School Girls in Geelong and the boys take on the Head of the School Boys in Ballarat.
For our next generation, the journey begins with learn to row for all Year 8 students.
It promises to be an exciting 2018! Watch this space!