Camp Review – Ollie Clarke and Will White

Friday was the last full day of training camp. It began with another early start at breakfast for all of the squads. The senior and J16 boys hit the water first for a session of high rate starts, the session consisted of pieces ranging from six to sixty six strokes and was a tough ask after a long week of training. The J15 boys session also consisted of some shorter pieces, racing 1km three times. In the afternoon both the J15 and J16 girls stepped up to the mark and completed the same session that the senior squad had found so challenging earlier in the morning. However, this was not before they had found the time to enjoy a leisurely stroll to the beach to enjoy the fantastic coastline.

The winners of the previous nights quiz had the wonderful opportunity to race the formidable, spontaneous and prestigious staff eight (Mr Kempsell, Henley Royal Regatta winner 2012). In light of the strength of the staff eight the student eight pulled it out the bag to win by a verdict of one foot.

Overall I think it would be fair to say that all squads have had a thoroughly productive and enjoyable camp. Highlights have included the whole group trip to the beach on Wednesday afternoon, the quiz on Thursday and the food every night. With such excellent work from every member of the boathouse it was difficult to single out individuals, however, the coaches did their best to select the most improved rowers in each squad.

Most improved:
J16 girls: Georgia Goddard
J15 girls: Aliyah Zaman
J15 boys: Sam Hodgkiss
J16 boys: Callum McIntyre
Senior Boys: Jamie Rogers

All in all we have had a fantastic week. Thank you to all of the coaching staff who have given up there time to be here this week.

Ollie and Will

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