Rowing is the ultimate team sport. Students who commit to rowing for Gippsland Grammar are involved in a sport which provides a holistic education and helps to create well-rounded individuals. Successful athletes are committed, hard-working and organised; they manage their time effectively and develop close bonds with team mates that can last a lifetime. Athletes become fitter and stronger; they develop confidence and humility and become reflective practitioners, learning how to identify strengths and areas for development, how to build on success and how to re-build following defeat. It is not surprising that committed athletes become committed students - the skills apply equally to both study and training.
The Director of Rowing has three key philosophies when coaching school level athletes:
- Sport for school age athletes should be fun – we row because we enjoy it and we learn to love the sport.
- Athletes learn that the best possible performance is realised when they take pride in producing their best technical and physical output.
- The right culture drives a squad to greater outcomes. At Gippsland Grammar, we believe in a competitive, squad orientated and professional training environment.
The rowing season runs from the start of Term 3 through to the end of Term 1 in the following school year. In Year 7, every student has the chance to try rowing in Physical Education classes as part of that curriculum.