Westdale Secondary School Rowing

Information for the Westdale Secondary School Rowing Community

Leave a comment

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.

Leave a comment

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

Leave a comment


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

Leave a comment


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)

Leave a comment


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

Leave a comment


I will be at the club on FRIDAY (JUNE 7), at 4PM for those who wish to pull a final 2K for the high school season. This is highly recommended because in most cases, PBs are smashed by MANY seconds, given the fact we’ve been focusing on speedwork on the water for so many weeks. It is a GREAT way to head into the summer, regardless of whether you plan on rowing or not.