Westdale Secondary School Rowing

Information for the Westdale Secondary School Rowing Community


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REGATTA/EVENT SCHEDULE UPDATED

I’ve updated the regatta/event schedule. I thought I’d done it earlier in the year, but discovered I hadn’t. Apologies! I put the Canadian Indoors in Mississauga, but again….we aren’t pushing anybody to do it. I’ve also added the Mac 2×4, which has been scheduled for Saturday, February 9th at Mac. As it is a local regatta run by our fellow Leander squad, we would like to put as many entries into this team event as possible. Please let me know if you would like to do it and we’ll put the teams together.
I’ve also added the date for the Chili Cook-Off (Thursday, April 25). Details on that to come out later. You will each be responsible for selling off a block of tickets to the event that you pre-buy from us for $15 per ticket, then sell to your friends/neighbours/family/extended family/work associates for $20 each. (We haven’t determined how many tickets per rower, but I believe it will be 4-5 each this year. Any questions on that, please let me know. To start it off, I will commit to buying two tickets. The first two people who text me the word CHILI, can consider their first ticket SOLD!!!!!


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LEANDER INDOOR CHAMPS RECAP/QUIET WEEK/EXAM WEEK/CANADIAN INDOOR ROWING CHAMPS/GRIMSBY INDOOR REGATTA

Well done yesterday, all! We took home the men’s title, were second in the women’s category, and won the overall title! Well done to all of you who competed hard and set numerous PBs (Personal Bests). PBs mean you’re getting faster and stronger!

Today, Mike and I found out about the Grimsby Indoor Regatta, which will take place on February 23rd. We would encourage as many of you as possible to do this one as a warm up to the Ontario Championships two weeks after that. Because of where the Canadian Indoor Champs fall on our calendar, (on February 3, just after exams), we would much prefer you do the Grimsby event over the Canadians. More details on that later. You are more than welcome to do the Canadian Indoors if you want to, but we aren’t pushing you to do it. However…..we’re placing a BIG priority on Ontario’s in early March in St. Catharines, so the February 23rd regatta will be a perfect warmup for it.

We will train as normal this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the school this week. Starting Thursday, no school teams are allowed to hold practices at the school, nor are there to be any structured WESTDALE practices, until Friday, February 1. Because we are also members of a non-school club (Leander), you can train as CLUB members at Leander Boat Club over Quiet Week and Exam Week. These are NOT mandatory sessions, but you’re invited to attend. Also, be clear that these sessions are NOT Westdale sessions, they are Leander sessions. We are not trying to skirt around the school board rules, but there are many of you who want to take part in structured training to maintain your fitness levels, and we’re doing our best to provide that. If you can’t make any of the club sessions, please take a study break and go out for a run. Study after study has proven strongly that exercise improves brain function, and that you can benefit greatly from study breaks that include exercise.
Your priority for the next couple of weeks is to study and pass your exams first. The schedule below is tentative and MAY change a bit, but for those who wish to attend club sessions, the schedule will be:

THURSDAY, JANUARY 17: 4PM (with Madison)
FRIDAY, JANUARY 18: 4PM (with Victoria)
MONDAY, JANUARY 21: 5PM (with Victoria and Madison)
TUESDAY, JANUARY 22: 4PM (with Victoria and Madison)
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23: 5PM (with Victoria and Madison)
THURSDAY, JANUARY 24: 4PM (with Madison and Tom)
FRIDAY, JANUARY 25: 4PM (with Victoria and Tom)
MONDAY, JANUARY 28: 4PM (with Madison and Tom)
TUESDAY, JANUARY 29: 4PM (with Victoria and Tom)
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30: 4PM (with Madison and Tom)
THURSDAY, JANUARY 31: 9AM **** PA DAY **** (with Victoria and Tom)
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1: NORMAL TRAINING RESUMES AT SCHOOL

Also, if you are NOT planning on doing the outdoor season on the water, please tell us now. We are starting to select crews and it would be helpful to know now if you aren’t planning on continuing after March 31.


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FINAL LEANDER INDOOR CHAMPS UPDATE

1. Please bring school ID. If you don’t have it, please bring ID.

2. Please be on time.

3. The warmup is VERY important. You want to get a light sweat going, warm up your muscles, and get your heart rate elevated. Please remember or write down this warmup, so we don’t have to explain it to each of you! This should take you 11 minutes to do, after which you should get up and go straight to your racing erg.

5′ easy rowing
30 strokes at 20spm (10 paddle, 10 medium pressure, 10 full pressure)
30 strokes at 26spm (10 paddle, 10 medium pressure, 10 full pressure)
30 strokes at 32spm (10 paddle, 10 medium pressure, 10 full pressure)
2′ easy rowing
30 strokes at 26spm (10 paddle, 10 medium pressure, 10 full pressure)
30 strokes at 32spm (10 paddle, 10 medium pressure, 10 full pressure)
1′ easy rowing
3 x 10 stroke start (4 strokes as fast as possible, 3 strokes to find your split and rate, and 3 to hold it) Rest for 30″ between sets.

4. Please plan on staying until approximately 2:15PM. The last race is at 12:30, followed by awards, followed by a quick cleanup.


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LEANDER INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS: UPDATE #2

1. The regatta is being held at St. Mary’s School in the gym. The school is located at 200 Whitney Ave, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 2G7.

2. The following are racing in a weight class event and need to be there one hour prior to race time:
Ethan, Grace, Sequoia, Manvendra, Lachlan, Jack, Quin, Alex, Johnson, Emma, Celina, Maggie, Liv, Ryann, Maddy D, Maddie T, Daniella, Seta, Geon, Liam, Jerron, Rochon, Becca, Charlotte, Gillian.

3. All other athletes are in open categories and can be there 45 minutes prior to your race time.

4. Please wear your unisuit, if you have one. If you don’t have one, please wear a Westdale athletic t-shirt. If you don’t have one, please wear a green t-shirt.

5. Things to remember on regatta day: water, (healthy) snacks, a change of clothes for after your race, any meds/puffers, and your loud voices to cheer on your fellow Warriors!

6. Those rowers not racing are more than welcome to support and spectate!

7. Give it your VERY best!


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LEANDER INDOOR CHAMPS PRELIMINARY DRAW

The draw is out for the Leander Indoors. Here are our Westdale race times. Note that the organizers have changed the order somewhat, so pay attention to the times. Please be at the venue between 45 minutes to an hour before your race. You will need to register, in some cases weigh in, and get in a 15 minute warm up. I will post the warm up tomorrow.

The full draw is on RegattaCentral on the regatta page (the same one you were on when you put in your entry. You can see what erg you’ve been assigned to and who your competition is!

9:15AM. EVENT 14. REC MEN 1K.
Coach Mike!!! (versus his son, Bram!)

10:00AM. EVENT 31. SR HIGH SCHOOL U19 165 MEN
Ethan

10:15AM. EVENT 24. JR. HIGH SCHOOL U17 MEN
Max, Davin

10:30AM. EVENT 29. JR HIGH SCHOOL U17 145 WOMEN
Grace

10:30AM. SR HIGH SCHOOL U19 145 WOMEN
Sequoia

10:45AM. EVENT 26. JR HIGH SCHOOL U17 150 MEN (HEAT 1)
Manvendra, Lachlan, Jack, Quin

11:00AM. EVENT 26. JR HIGH SCHOOL U17 150 MEN (HEAT 2)
Alex, Johnson

11:15AM. EVENT 28. JR HIGH SCHOOL U17 135 WOMEN (HEAT 1)
Emma

11:30AM. EVENT 28. JR HIGH SCHOOL U17 135 WOMEN (HEAT 2)
Celina, Maggie, Liv, Ryann, Maddy D, Maddy T, Daniella, Seta

11:45AM. EVENT 27. JR HIGH SCHOOL U17 165 MEN
Geon, Liam, Jerron, Rochon

12:00PM. EVENT 32. SR HIGH SCHOOL U19 135 WOMEN
Becca, Charlotte, Gillian

12:15PM. EVENT 34. SR HIGH SCHOOL U19 WOMEN
Chloe, Serena, Vaishala

12:30PM. EVENT 35. SR HIGH SCHOOL U19 MEN
Matt