Earlier this month Rowing Australia concluded the second of its two #Train4Tokyo para-rowing camps in Canberra the Reinhold Batschi National Training Centre. The camps were an opportunity for potential athletes who are generally new to the sport to come and try out para-rowing.
Priority was given to providing participants with a practical introduction to the sport with on-water training and coaching as well as some exposure to topics relevant to rowing performance such as Psychology, Nutrition, Physiology, Recovery and so forth.
The camp was an intensive but enjoyable experience for all the participants.
Following on from the camps, RA has importantly engaged with State Rowing Associations and clubs to endeavour to have the participants continue with rowing at their local level, regardless of where they are from around Australia.
“It was fantastic to see the participants get involved in all the activities and learn so much over the week. We may have uncovered a few potential Paralympians as a result,” said Gordon Marcks Para-Rowing Head Coach
One of those who attended the camp, was Paralympic gold medallist, in sprint canoe, Curtis McGrath, who tried his hand at rowing for the first time. “I decided to come along to the camp because I was after a challenge and something new. I really enjoyed being out on the water and meeting new people, whom I hope I will see out on the water again soon.”