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Thirty-six athletes came together in Victoria for a packed four days of training and assessment. The camp was led by Rowing BC’s Director of Performance, Terry Paul and assisted by coaches Katie Bahain-Steenman, Dave Calder, Brian Carr, Miki Chantler, Alex Marchuk, and Stacy Mitchell.

The weather ranged from beautiful, warm days to non-stop rain, but the enthusiam and committment from the athletes was consistently high.

Athletes were on the water twice each day, with additional dryland training on two of the camp days.

U19 athletes who had been in the previous Rowing BC camps were able to update their physiological testing at Canadian Sport Institute Pacific. The photo below shows Trent Stellingwerff, Senior Advisor at CSIP supporting the BC athetes as they complete their testing.

Terry explains, “The importance of repeated testing is to monitor the effect of training in shifting the curve of lactate tolerance. For the athletes who had done the previous testing, we were looking for improved wattage with lower lactate. We also collect heartrate information which allows coaches and athletes to determine zones on the erg for training.”

Throughout the four days of the camp, coaches had the opportunity to view the athletes in different crew combinations as they work towards determining which crews may have the best chance at the 2024 U19 selection for RCA. For the younger participants, it was a excellent chance to row with some more experienced athletes.

All crews took part in some intense pieces over 1000 and 1500 metres. Times were compared using Gold Medal Standards, giving athletes an idea of where they stand relative to elite performances.

Rowing BC would like to thank our partners, Hudson Boatworks and Rowing Canada Aviron, as well Victoria City Rowing Club, for ensuring top quality equipment was available for all participants.

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