Our Senior Rowing Camp and Junior Rowing Camp took place during the Easter break providing our rowers with an excellent opportunity to spend quality time on the water, eat some fantastic food and to enjoy training and relaxing with their friends.
For the Upper and Lower Removes, this was their first taste of camp life and because of the limited amount of rowing they have been able to do so far this year, their camp was split into half days rather than a full day of rowing each day.
The river behaved itself, with almost perfect conditions, although the weather was rather cold with the odd flurries of snow. Over the week, both year groups rowed in Quads, Doubles and Singles with the Upper Removes taking part in time trials and the Lower Removes involved in a single scull skills challenge. After our morning sessions, it was back to the Boathouse to enjoy some delicious lunches and in the afternoon, we had our wonderful, sweet treats kindly baked by Mrs Edmonds. Our rowers have asked if they can have the burger van and pork baps followed by the wonderful brownies or flapjacks every day!
It was great to see how much our rowers improved during the week, developing their technical skills on the water and learning about stability and balance. We had the occasional swimmer who, once back in the Boathouse and plied with a cup of steaming hot chocolate, was quickly back on the river. It is a great platform to build their King’s rowing career, moving into competitive rowing over the coming years.
Our Fifth and Sixth Form Rowers came together for the last week of the Easter break and enjoyed some glorious spring sunshine over five days of intensive training. Our Captains were thrilled to be back amongst their peers in a regular training environment and enjoyed the return of the King’s rowing community. The hungry athletes also relished the food offerings with our gourmet burger van providing a great variety over three days, then noodles and mountains of pork rolls rounding off the week. The rowers were further fuelled by plenty of cakes from Mrs Edmonds, muesli bars, chocolate, hot drinks and endless other snacks.
Some fierce competition amongst the students enabled the formation of crews, with their sights firmly set on the upcoming national competitions. We ended the camp with some fast and furious, but fun racing in mixed eights. Always a highlight for the rowers and coaches, but also entertaining for the members of the public along the riverbank.
The Coaching Team were thrilled with the application and progress of all the participants at this year’s camps and thoroughly enjoyed the company of such an inspiring group of young people.
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