Students were identified at the BUCS regatta in May 2022, as having high potential and were invited to do some testing at Caversham, home of the GB rowing team. Both students passed these physical assessments and were invited to attend a 5 day training camp, again at Caversham, where they received coaching on the water from highly qualified rowing coaches, strength and conditioning training from the GB S&C coach and also talks on important matters such as healthy lifestyle.
The students were part of a group of approximately 30 students who were identified at BUCS regatta as having high potential. The camp's aim is to inspire and educate these students into reaching their full potential and eventually trialling to row for Great Britain
Both students selected had to fund themselves whilst also borrowing equipment from other clubs as the University of Plymouth Rowing club do not own boats suitable for these students. Due to the limitations on land traning facilities at the university, students have to travel approximatley 45 mins each way just to train in an appropriate setting and to receive coaching. We are activley looking for sponsers or funds to help build the club further so we can identifty new talent along with supporting the exisiting talents we have.
"I was very pleased to be invited to this years British Rowing Student Development Camp after attending a test day earlier this Summer.
The camp was held in Caversham at the Redgrave-Pinsent Rowing Lake where the GB team train and was a great opportunity to use the top class facilities and receive high level coaching.
The week consisted of lots of water sessions out on their training lake in singles, developing our speed and skills in this boat class. We received talks on health, experiences and next steps from British Rowing coaches and elite athletes including some Olympians.
Alongside this we had strength and conditioning sessions designed to prevent injury and improve our rowing form and power. We also had fitness tests on the ergs and Schwinn bikes.
As well as improving my confidence and working on my technique in the boat, this week has shown me what is possible and given me a strong set of exercises and techniques to further my sculling.
I’ve come back from the camp buzzing to get back to Plymouth to start training again with the team, and use the skills that I’ve learnt." - Emma Sherwood
"The camp was really insightful. I learnt so much about how I can improve my technique which I was able to put into practise with side by side racing at the end of the week. It was a privilege to be able to do all this at the GB national training centre." - Cain Williams
"It was a fantastic opportunity for both Cain and Emma to experience the world of elite level rowing. It will have inspired and motivated them to continue training hard and reach their goals for the 2022/23 season. Hopefully this will also help attract new members to the club as well as some support from the University to allow these students to continue on their journey and to be able to provide new students with similar opportunities." - Steve Clarke (Coach)
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