Westdale Secondary School Rowing

Information for the Westdale Secondary School Rowing Community

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Confirmed for WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24th in the CAFETERIA at 7pm. We would like as many rowers and parents there as possible!

The season will start one week later at 6:35AM. Note the new start time–the custodian has requested this due to his duties.

If the rowers could band together and do some posters for this meeting and put them up at the school on Wednesday, that would be great! You should include what it is (Pre-season rowing meeting for rowers and parents). The date (Wednesday, October 24th). The time (7pm). The location (Cafeteria). Also please put “Parents, especially parents of novices, are greatly encouraged to attend this information session!”

See ya on the 24th!!

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Some good news to share with you all. Peter is going to be the teacher advisor this season, with help from Sandra Gittings. I will confirm with the school about the meeting on October 24th. Once I confirm, if a few seniors could make up a bunch of small page sized posters and post them up around the school, that would be AWESOME! I will confirm date and time tomorrow, as well as info that should be on the poster.

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The calendar has turned to October, which means the start of the indoor winter season is approaching.

We are tentatively booked for a pre-season meeting on Wednesday, October 24th in the library at 7PM. All parents and rowers are welcome to attend—it is not so important for experienced athletes (although we would like to have you there), but novice parents and athletes would benefit greatly from this. Training is tentatively scheduled to start on the morning of Halloween, at 6:30am in the lower gym.

I say “tentatively”, because we do not yet have a teacher advisor. Peter has not confirmed whether he will be back with us as our Westdale advisor, so the process is ongoing in our efforts to make sure we have somebody in place. We are still very hopeful he will be back with us, but it is not 100% confirmed as of now. And obviously if we don’t have a teacher advisor, training as Westdale or training at the school is not allowed. I’ve said before, that if we didn’t have Peter, we’d be in deep trouble. This potential hiccup is evidence of this, unfortunately. He is invaluable to our program, and my hope is that he remains with us.

As always, please keep your eyes on the blog for updates.

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To all who rowed for Leander in the Fall…..Congratulations on completing a successful season! You will find it to be excellent prep for the upcoming high school season, I think.

I’ve been in contact with the Leander coaches, and I’d like to make sure we do the correct things in October so that you arrive fresh and ready for winter training, on October 31. This month is known as your “transition period”, which should consist of a lighter training workload, and lots of rest! The month should include the following:

1. Take care of any nagging injuries. This one needs no explanation.

2. No early morning rows. It sounds like the club is going to run some training/rowing options in the afternoons/evenings/weekends. If they fit your schedule, please feel free to do join these if you wish. We’re not saying “Don’t Row”. We’re saying “Don’t get up at 4:30AM to do it!” If you find yourselves being asked to row mornings, please let me know and I’ll sort it out. Most of you are rowing now as a buildup to the following winter and spring season. Getting your rest now is MASSIVELY important for this, and will help you get through the winter blahs.

3. Try to fit some cross training in place of rowing into your schedule for the month. The weather can still be nice in October. Some of you have done a LOT of rowing since the spring. Introducing cross training such as biking, swimming, running, or playing another sport, is an excellent way to work different muscles, not to mention giving you some time away that will allow you to come back with a fresher and more enthusiastic approach in November.

4. As always, nothing can derail a rowing season like bad nutrition! Eating healthy foods and making the right nutrition decisions will go a LONG way to helping you achieve your training and racing goals!

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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: the best recruiters for our sport and our team, are the rowers themselves. You guys were terrific today. There was a LOT of interest in joining our team. There was a HUGE gathering around the rowing table all morning. Congratulations on a job very well done! See y’all on October 24th for the pre-season meeting, and then on Hallowe’en morning!!!

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What a banner day yesterday for our athletes! Numerous PBs on their 2K tests, many by over 20 seconds!! And those who didn’t set one didn’t miss by much! I’ll send a detailed report in the next couple of days, but wanted to congratulate all of you for reaching those numbers. It’s a good feeling, a GREAT way to end the season, and a fantastic springboard to next year. Well done!!

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Our first two post season erg tests were done at Leander this morning and……WOW! Fiora, whose previous PB was 8:06.2, pulled a 7:53.3!!!!

And Sequoia, who previously clocked in at 8:01.1, pulled a fantastic 7:50.9!!!

Pete will be at Leander at 4pm this afternoon for any others who wish to see where they stand after the on-water season!! Well done, Fiora and a Sequoia!!