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Athletes and coaches from across the province came together November 17-19 for a BC Performance Camp on Vancouver Island. Thirty-seven athletes and nine coaches took part in the camp, led by Rowing BC Performance Director, Terry Paul.

Athletes were able to take part in baseline physiological testing at the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific, providing them and their coaches valuable information to guide training in the coming months.

Training included some long rows on the glassy water of Shawnigan Lake, where athletes also got to see the Canadian National Team put in some mileage. There was dryland training and some exciting on-water pieces on Elk Lake. “I think it was really awesome to try new crew boats and focus on different ideas from different coaches,” said Vernon Rowing Club athlete, Jonas Masys.

This camp was an opportunity to bring athletes together to learn about the new RCA Junior National Team selection process that will focus on regional/provincial project crews. The final day saw some race preparation then side by side pieces. Crews were assessed based on gold medal standards, similar to the format they could undergo for National Team selection in June.

But it’s not just athletes who benefit from camps like this. Glen Stiven from the Vernon Rowing and Dragon Boat Club, spoke of the value he got from attending the Junior Performance Camp. “As a visiting coach I was able to get on the water for all four sessions with a different Lead Coach. I took away ideas, insights, explanations and drills that will be valuable to the Juniors in our program. It was great to see 30+ U19 athletes at the camp enjoying training and racing in big boats. Thank you to Rowing BC, Vic City and Shawnigan Lake School for providing the opportunity.”

National Team alumnus Rob Marland (1992 M8+ Gold) stopped by as a guest on the coach boat and was excited to see the intensity on the water. “It’s great to see alumni coming out and supporting the next generation of athletes,” said Paul. “Having Rob on the coach boat brought him back to his days an athlete. He had a lot of fun.”

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