On 5 Oct, 26 girls in the rowing squad headed up to Whanganui and settled into the Army Camp at Languards Bluff. The camp is located next to the airport and whilst pretty basic, it served its purpose and provided a good base for the week. On the first day the girls unpacked the boat trailer and set up the boats for an afternoon row. Unfortunately the wind picked up so the girls didn’t get out on the water and instead put on their running shoes and ran 8km from Top Ten (where our boats were kept) to Union boat club.
Fortunately the water conditions were better the next day and the girls were able to train for two 3 hr sessions. During both sessions the training was conducted in pouring rain. The girls, whilst soaking wet, showed great character in adverse conditions and trained hard.
Overhead conditions during the next couple days provided largely clear skies for the girls to train in, allowing them to hone their newly acquired rowing skills. The camp culminated with a race day on Sunday morning. This session saw the girls race each other to bring out the competitive spirit and to simulate a regatta scenario in preparation for upcoming Regattas. It was a great way to finish the camp with close racing, demonstrating just how far the girls have come in such a short time.
Mr G Golding
St Mary’s College Rowing Manager