Shrewsbury School

RSSBC: Senior and J16 Training Camp in France

Wednesday 23 April 2014

On Saturday 12th April the Boat Club took 45 pupils to its annual training camp in southern France at Temple-sur-Lot. The warm calm days made for an excellent week of training with all the athletes making excellent progress in the lead up to what will be a busy summer term of racing. Director of Rowing Athol Hundermark reports; photos by Dr Paul Pattenden.

The average day saw crews rising for a pre-breakfast outing by 7.30 am and making the most of having no other crews on the water.  The crews would then have a late breakfast before getting back out on the water or into the classroom to get some study time. In the relatively warm afternoons the pupils would have more revision time before an afternoon paddle for those who didn’t have one after breakfast.  Post-dinner the crews would get out on the water for a sunset outing in the cooler air.

At the end of the week all the crews got the opportunity to try their hand at canoe polo, beach volleyball and/or cycling around the French countryside to add a bit of variation to the training and allow blistered hands to recover.

On the final morning of the camp all crews took to the water to put their race plans together in some side by side racing with staggered starts. The J16 B and 2nd VIIIs produced the best performances of the morning, from which they can take great confidence.

Many thanks to the coaching staff who gave up their time to make it a very successful and enjoyable trip for all involved.

To view a gallery of photos from the Rowing Camp, please click on the image below:

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