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Updates on The Leander March Break Training Camp

I have some updates on the Leander March Break training camp. As mentioned before this is a Leander Boat Club sponsored activity and it is not being done through Westdale. Once again this is through Leander Boat Club.

There is a lot of text here and I dropped the fancy graphics.

The sign up sheet is here, but read through all the details that are below. The club would like to know commitment by October 10th.


What is included?

– Athletes transportation by bus

– Accommodations

– Three meals per day

– Three training sessions per day

– Boats transportation from Leander

Training Facility: Vero Beach Rowing Club, Florida

You can find all you need to know about the club at


Leander Rowing Club is organizing March Break rowing training camp for spring 2020


March 13th, 2020 – March 22nd, 2020


Vero Beach, Florida


Estimated cost per athlete is $1,300 – $1,600

Final number will depend on number of athletes going, exchange rate, and success of our fundraising efforts

Who is invited?

Every high school athlete interested to improve his/her rowing skills and get a great start of 2020 on water season


Leander Boat Club of Hamilton

Athletes will be staying at Jackie Robinson Training Complex in Vero Beach.

Turn this into a family vacation:

Jackie Robinson Training Complex offers a lot for the whole family

– 89 hotel villa rooms

– 2 poolside cabana rooms – POPULAR!

– Full service dining room Complimentary hot breakfast,

cafeteria style

– Competition-size swimming pool

– Lighted basketball courts

– Lighted tennis courts

– Sand volleyball court

– Shuffleboard court

– Fields for tossing footballs and Frisbees

– Paths for walking and jogging

– Relax by the pool or under a shade tree

You can find more information at:


Family members can vacation at Jackie Robinson at following prices:

The all-inclusive package costs are as follows: (prices are per person per night)


Lodging/3 Meals Lodging/Breakfast, Lunch

Lodging/Breakfast, Dinner

Quad Occupancy $79.75 per night $71.75 per night $74.75 per night

Triple Occupancy $95.50 per night $87.50 per night $90.50 per night

Double Occupancy $117.00 per night $109.00 per night $112.00 per night

Single Occupancy $191.50 per night $183.50 per night $186.50 per night

Interested or still have some questions?

Please, contact Jake Thomasen – Rowing Head Coach at leander.rowingcoach@gmail.com

before October 10th, 2020

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March Break 2020 Training Camp

Leander Boat Club is planning on holding a March break training camp. This is not a Westdale training camp and it is only open to athletes that are registered with Leander.

There will be an information session on Sunday September 22nd at 10 am. Any Leander athletes that are interested should attend.

Once again, the disclaimer. This planned March break training session is not a Westdale event.

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Our next phase..

Don’t worry, I’ll be passing on more detail on our upcoming season next week. I haven’t forgotten about you.

I’ll be working with Victoria to set up a comprehensive fall training program and will publish that as we get closer to the start of the year. Our start date for the winter season will be the first week of November. So mark that on your calendars.

I encourage you though to think about fall rowing at Leander. It would be a good opportunity to hone your on the water skills.

See you soon.

Mike headcoach@westdalerowing.com

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In a decision that was about as difficult to make as any, I’m going to have to step aside from Westdale Rowing. My freelance career has happily gotten busier. Unfortunately, the flip side of that is that busy freelancing means more work in Toronto, making coaching early mornings in Hamilton unsustainable. Add to that, 90% of my regular work shifts locally are late night, and this became the only option.

I will be forwarding a document with some recommendations to Mike, Victoria and Madison who will hopefully all be able to continue on. And if Meegan and Lucas are able to help in the spring, the program will be in GREAT hands!!

While there are still hills to climb and successes yet to achieve, I believe that we’ve made some progress over the last number of years. It’s been a great pleasure to watch the development of our athletes from raw novices into accomplished, dedicated rowers with a passion for their sport. But there’s something more than that. Sport DOES shape in some way, who we become as human beings, and to watch our athletes compete and carry themselves, to mature into leaders before our very eyes, to be able to manage their lives and balance the rigours of study, rowing and “life” to an astronomically high level, has been pretty amazing.


Tom Beshoff

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Hope exams are going well. I’ve been asked by Ms. Tonogai about the pictures posted on Twitter. I know Mike posted a couple, but some were posted under ‘Westdale Athletics’ and we don’t know who that is. She wants to use some of them as part of the wall mural and would like permission. Anyone who knows, please contact me (or Ms. Tonogai)

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Well done top everybody who pulled 2Ks today—there were numerous PBs achieved—in fact, 10 of the thirteen who pulled set personal bests!!

GEON: PB by 2.1 seconds
SEQUOIA: PB by 0.1 second
MADDY D: PB by 9.8 seconds
RYANN: PB by 11.7 seconds
LIV: PB by 11 seconds
DAVIN: PB by 18.3 seconds
LACHLAN: PB by 3.2 seconds
QUIN: PB by 25.5 seconds
EMMA: PB by 14.4 seconds
GRACE: PB by 5.3 seconds