Westdale Rowing Community

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Parents Meetings, Swim Test and Important Dates for Next Week 03/20/2023 and 03/27/2023

We have a couple of important milestones next week. I’m strongly encouraging all of you to attend one the meetings. You only need to attend one of them.

The club is holding two Parents/Guardians Meeting next week. Please attend one of them. The location of the meeting is the club room at Leander Boat Club (directions below). The dates are:

Tuesday, March 21st at 6:00 pm

Thursday, March 23rd at 6:00 pm

At the meeting details on the spring rowing season will be provided.

Location: 50 Leander Drive Hamilton Ontario

The next extremely important milestone to mark on your calendars is the Swim Test. You must do the swim test to be able to go on the water for the spring season. If you have RedCross Bronze or higher certification then you do not need to attend. It is mandatory. I will provide details on what you need to do at the swim test next week. The date of the swim test is:

Thursday, March 30th at 6 AM at Valley Park Rec Centre in Stoney Creek.

Training next week is only two days Wednesday and Friday. Please attend these training sessions

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Cancelling Practice Friday March 10th Inclement Weather

I’m cancelling practice for today. The weather is very iffy out there and I’m going to err on the side of caution,

I can feel the angst in not being able to do the schedule erg test but we’ll do that after March break.

Please read the blog as there are a lot of milestones and deadlines coming up

Shovel your driveway. Shovel your neighbours driveway. You have the energy with not having to do the tests.

Stay safe and we’ll see you on March 20th.

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Training Week of March 6th

We are going every day this week.  I’m looking to have a team meeting on Wednesday to discuss what needs to happen over the next 3-4 weeks.   The current plan is to be on the water the week of April 3rd.   This is under 4 week away.


3 x 15 minutes REST 90 seconds SPM 24-25


2 x 20 minutes REST 2 minutes SPM 23 to 24 5 mnute warmup focused on proper technique


Team Meeting – followed by erg session – time dependant based on length of meeting


1 x 40 minutes SPM 23-24-26 – each 2 minute cycle stroke rate up and then down


500 m test

1000 m test