Westdale Secondary School Rowing

Information for the Westdale Secondary School Rowing Community

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Virtual Practices…

I’m starting to feel a little out of sorts. We should be well into our training at this point in April but all we can do is stare at the possibilities.

To maintain my sanity I will be posting virtual workouts as if we were on the water. If you have access to an erg then give these a try. I’m going to be doing these workouts as well but I do balk at 75 minutes on an erg. On the water, Yes!

Thursday 04/16. 75 minute steady state 23 spm

Friday 04/17 60 minute steady state 24 spm

Saturday 04/18 70 minute steady state 23 spm plus tech emphasis on fast catch slide control

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All the Best to our Grads

One of the mixed feeling events that happens every year is a number of our crew mates graduating and moving on. On one hand you are sorry to see them go but on the other hand you are very happy to have seen them develop and move on to the next chapter in their lives.

Normally I get to stand in front of the whole team, including the parents, and pass on my deep gratitude for tolerating years of early morning practices, long days at regattas, and the ravings of the coaches. I won’t get that opportunity this year and I’ll need to do it from a distance. Think of me being close by while you read the following but at a socially acceptable distance.

To Ethan, Charlotte, Gillian, Sequoia and Serena.

Thanks for 4 years of your dedication to the sport. There were probably many days when you wanted to pack it in but you stuck with it. I’m hoping that you have learned how to push through issues and define goals that reach out well into the future. All of you have progressed into confident men and women and you have a lot to look forward to and achieve.

It has been a joy to coach you over the years and I wish you all the best.

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2020 Outdoor Season Cancelled

It is fairly safe to say that our outdoor high school racing season is cancelled. All the races that we would be interested in racing at are cancelled and school won’t start back until May.

There were two potential fundraisers that were going to occur in the next three weeks and that was a Grocery Bag at Fortinos and the Chili Cookoff. I had hopes that we would be through this but that is not going to occur. So these events will be cancelled.

The rowing club has not assessed the outdoor rowing season which would include high school and club racing seasons. I hold out hope that at some point there will be an an ability to train. This would only be relevant to those that are interested in club rowing which if it does occur I would encourage everyone to do. 

There are many unfortunate aspects of this turn of events. Our graduating athletes will not get an opportunity to have one more kick at CSSRA. Our novices are not getting a chance to learn this sport. Most importantly we won‘t be able to enjoy each others company at many spring regattas.

To all the parents, thanks for all your help and support. Without the strong support from the parents the coaches would have an extremely difficult time running the program. Thank you.

On to the 2020/2021 season. Keep training, stay safe. If you need training guidelines please contact me. I can give you hints.

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March Break Training

I haven’t set up a training plan for this week. I had considered training sessions at the club for those of you with LBC memberships but the current reality of the virus is preventing any such plans.

If you have the option of training on your own than continue to do so. Ensure you are taking all the precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. Check in on any neighbours that might need help.

I’ll be updating the blog later this week with the plans for the outdoor season. Yes we’ll have one! Just don’t know when we’ll start.

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A Message From Victoria

Hey everyone. So I run the afternoon “Leander” practices on Tuesday and Wednesday 4-6. Although I love to run these practices, no one has come in the last 3 weeks. If it would be possible, could those attending let me know when they are planning on coming so I do not need to drive down to the club if I don’t need to. Thank you.

Victoria is looking for some people to train. If you are a club junior then get down to the club and show an erg some appreciation.

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McMaster 2×4 Details

First and foremost, everyone under the age of 18 needs to have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Must be one of these and I can’t do it. So show up with the following signed:


The draw is here:


I will see you all on Saturday morning.

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McMaster 2×4

We are gearing up for our racing this weekend.  Plan on a practice on Thursday to go over our race plans and prep for the race.   Duct tape and cardboard.

Friday is a PA day so we only have Thursday to practice.

I have the following crews put together and trying to accommodate two athletes (Matt and Roshon) with other athletes into a club team.

Sr Hvy Men

  • Geon
  • Max
  • Alex
  • Liam

Jr Lwt Men

  • Quin
  • Davin
  • Michael
  • Jack

Sr Hvy Women

  • Ellen
  • Grace
  • Seta
  • Helena

Sr Lwt Women

  • Ryan
  • Liv
  • Maddie
  • Emma


McMaster 2×4

Great work to all who raced at the Ontario Erg Championship. We had some very good performances including a top 10 by Quin in the Jr 165 race.

We now need to turn our attention to the McMaster 2×4. The race is Saturday and I need to get entries in by Wednesday.

I need everyone to confirm that they are racing by end of day on Monday. Hope for a strong turnout at this regatta.