“Building the skills and passions of each rower and help and inspire them to be at their peak at the climax of the season.”
That is the goal for The Armidale School’s rowers over the months ahead, according to Joseph Sewell.
Sewell and fellow rowing captain Kim Bange will lead 16 rowers and five coxswains in the coming months, with the experience of seven returning rowers inspiring and enthusing those taking to the water for the first time.
“Rowing is the ultimate team sport. No-one can be better than anyone else in the boat,” Sewell said. “And everyone needs to work and think together if the boat is going to row well.”
The TAS rowers train three sessions each week on the water, complemented by erg-and -cross training to ensure they can fulfil their potential.
“At the start it’s always a challenge for the new rowers as there are a lot of technical skills that have to be learnt,” Bange said. “But it’s also exciting to pass on what we learnt from the previous rowers and developed through last season.
“The TAS rowing is also really close. And building those ties and shared experiences are also an exciting thing to look forward to as well.”
TAS has three boys fours and three girls quad crews. They will launch their season at the Head of the Clarence Regatta in Grafton in early December.
The crews will come together again for a week-long camp at Taree, incorporating the Head of the Manning Regatta in mid-January.
They will then row at the NSW Rowing Championships on 16 February, and the Sydney Rowing Club Regatta on 2 March.
The season will culminate for the girls at the School Girl Head of the River on Saturday 16 March and for the boys at the AAGPS Head of the River a week later – both regattas being held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre at Penrith, built for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.