Mike, Tom, and Peter have kindly allowed me to write a post to all of you in light of the upcoming CSSRA races this weekend, so here it goes 🙂 :
Throughout this past year I’ve had the privilege of seeing the blog updates from Mike and Tom in regards to your hard work, training, and racing results. It’s been incredibly awesome (in the true “awe inspiring” sense of the word) to see how much you’ve all developed athletically and progressed.
I’ve missed coaching you at Westdale, but I know that this year’s team has been doing a great job – both the athletes and the coaches. As you move into your final regatta of the school year, I want to leave you with this:
You’ve worked so hard for this. For many of you, you’ve been training multiple years for this. “Good luck” is something that I could say, but I reckon that “luck” is not as important as executing what you already know and have been trained for. You KNOW what to do. Go do it. Make it yours. And have fun. 😉 Knowing that you’ve left everything you could on the water after rowing to the best of your capabilities as a team is the most important thing. Yes, even more than your final numerical placement on a scoreboard.
I’ll be cheering for you, across a different kind of pond, in a slightly different continent. My heart is at the regatta this weekend.
Miss you all… and sure, I’ll still say it: GOOD LUCK!!! Alessandra
If you have trouble completing this form it is likely that I have transcribed your birthday incorrectly, or you have given me a nickname or short form name. Please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your name and correct birthdate. I will update the roster. Please do not leave this till Saturday, complete it by Friday.
I have very few confirmed entries for CIRC and the entries are due Friday, January 29th 2016 at 5:00 PM EST. This means that if I do not have the entry in the system by that time you will need to make a late entry the day of the regatta. This also means that I need your entry by Thursday, January 28th.
I am asking each of you to confirm your racing entry. If you are not racing then please do NOT email me. I only need confirmations from those racing.
I need an email sent to email@example.com with the following standard format:
Subject: <insert your name here> confirmation for CIRC
Body of the email must contain:
Name: <insert your name here>
Event: <one from the list below>
Date of Birth: <insert your DoB>
Please ensure that you give your name. It speeds the process. Many times I have no idea who an individual is solely from the email address.
Note: Jr B is essentially grade 9 and 10. (16 or under as of December 31, 2016).
Junior A is grade 11 and 12. (18 or under as of December 31, 2016).
9am/915am: Jr B Lightweight girls (135 and under)
9:30am: Jr B Lightweight Boys (165 and under)
9:45am: Jr. B Girls
10am: Jr. B Boys
11am/11:15am: Jr. A Lightweight girls (135 and under)
11:30/11:45am: Jr. A Girls
12/12:15pm: Jr. A Lightweight boys (165 and under)
12:15/12:30pm: Jr A boys
Over the next few days I will be asking each of you whether you are committed to racing at the LBC Indoors. The list of race categories are given below. These are based on age and weight. The Junior (Jr) category is generally grades 9 and 10 and Senior (Sr) is grades 11 and 12. However, I will need birth dates to confirm what you can enter.
Race Date: Saturday January, 16th
Entries Due: Wednesday January 13th. Please note this date. I will need confirmation the morning of Wednesday the 13th
If you are under 18 you must have a parent or guardian sign an Informed Consent Form and bring it to the race. Just select the link in the previous sentence.
Here is the list of events. The number in the categories are the weight required in the event. You must be under that weigh to race in the event.
Junior HS Men
Junior HS Women
Junior HS 150 Men
Junior HS 165 Men
Junior HS 135 Women
Junior HS 145 Women
Senior HS 150 Men
Senior HS 165 Men
Senior HS 135 Women
Senior HS 145 Women
Senior HS Women
Senior HS Men
Coxswain’s Crawl (1000M)
The final race schedule will not be available until next week.
If any of you have trouble with paying the unisuit cost or racing fees then please see me (Coach Mike). I will work with Carolyn Craven (teacher rep) to accommodate you. No athlete will be prevented from rowing due to financial issues.
It is time to order the team racing unisuits and I will be collecting details from each of you this week (namely size). The unisuit is the only mandatory item of clothing you need. You will need to wear it each of the regattas both indoor and outdoor. I do have sample unisuits to verify size. Not a lot of women’s unisuits so for some sizes you may need to guess.
In the New Year we’ll be collecting fees for the indoor racing season. So you do not have to pay for regatta fees until after Christmas.
However, I will request that if you indicate that you need a unisuit then please ensure that you are firmly committed to racing. I will be asking each of you to provide me with a cheque (or cash) for the unisuits. The team has been left with a number of unclaimed (and unpaid) unisuits which represents a big hit to our reserve funds. You can pay me between now and the Christmas break.
I am also arranging with RegattaSport for optional clothing such as tights, long sleeved shirts, rowing jackets, etc. The details will be posted when I received them.
The team is scheduled to attend 4 indoor regattas (dates to be published next week) and each of the regattas has entry fees. The fees are in the $10 to $15 dollar range. There is also an additional cost for the planned indoor tank sessions in March. Here is a breakdown of costs for the regattas.
Canadian Indoors – $15
Hamilton Indoors – $10
Ontario Indoors – $15
McMaster 2×4 – $10
Total regatta fees are approximately $50.
The rental fees for the tank are approximately $30 per person. This brings us to $80.
This means $85 for racing fees plus $85 for unisuit . Total is $170. For those with unisuits already the cost is $80. Some of you will ask if you can prorate the racing fees which means that you only want to attend certain regattas. This is okay but please ensure that the coaches are aware. I will strongly encourage everyone to plan on racing at the Hamilton Indoors and McMaster 2×4. These are both held locally and the McMaster 2×4 is an extremely fun but highly intense regatta.
CHEQUES SHOULD BE MADE OUT TO WESTDALE SECONDARY SCHOOL (ROWING)
Today was a tough day of racing: the first day is when we meet our competition (from across the continent!) and determine conditions for our heats. The changes in wind direction (from tail to cross to head) definitely tested our crews, but everyone pushed despite the weather.
We have two crews from today’s races that have proceeded to Saturday’s Semifinals: the Sr. Men’s 1x and the Sr. Men’s 4x. We had some close calls as well, with a few boats missing the semis by just 0.6 seconds or 2.6 seconds, but we pushed hard and we’ll now look forward to doing our best tomorrow and cheering hard for other crews that are just starting their competitions.
Without further ado, here are Saturday’s Racing Times:
Sr. Women 63kg 8+ – Heat 1 @9:52am
Jr. Men 1x – Heat 1 @10:55am
Jr. Women 63kg 8+ – Heat 2 @11:44am
Sr. Men’s 1x Semifinal – 12:40pm OR 12:47pm (TBD by draw)
Sr. Men’s 4x Semifinal – 2:04pm OR 2:11pm (TBD by draw)
Jr. Women’s 4x – Heat 1 @3:42pm
Sr. Women’s 8+ – Heat 2 @5:27pm
Women’s Arrival Times:
Mike has already spoken with crews about your arrival times. Coxswains and Midweight crews must arrive earlier to weigh-in with Mike. Women’s crews that race later in the day should either arrive in time for the first race (9:52am) or at least 3 hours before your race if you’re racing at the end of the day (Sr. Women’s 8+).
The time has come! It’s the day before the races. The boats are rigged, washed, and ready to go. The blades are set. You should all feel confident that you’ve done absolutely everything you can to prepare for the regatta – because you have. As coaches, we know that you’re ready for this.
As it is a Westdale tradition, I’d like to leave you all with two short clips to watch before your races. Remember: this is your time. Go out there, give it your best, and have fun. Anything is possible.
…bring your passion, bring your spirit, and bring your A-game. You CAN do this.
Now, for the arrival & race time information: General Info:
-Weigh ins are open from 7-11am. You ONLY weigh-in on the day(s) that you are racing.
-Coxswains must weigh-in with their coach (or crew, if applicable)
-All athletes must bring current, valid student ID or photo ID (driver’s license, passport), team unisuit, sunscreen & water
-It is strongly recommended that athletes bring a tent or place to stay in the shade
-Additional information is listed here
Arrival Times for Athletes that ARE NOT racing on Friday = 9:30am
We ask that all athletes that have Friday “off” from racing arrive at the course by 9:30am. This is to support and cheer on the other crews racing, in time for the first race of the day (the Sr. Men’s Double). For the women’s team, this includes anyone racing in the eight races (Jr/Sr/Mid/Open) and in the quad
Arrival Times for Racing Athletes: *if you agreed to bring food, please ensure the food arrives for its deadline too
Sr. Men’s 2x (Max & Kieran) – 7am
Jr. Women’s 4+ (Stephanie, Tristan, Kate, Drew, Hannah) – 8am
Sr. Men’s 72kg 2x (JJ & Cooper) – 9:50am *in time to cheer on the Sr. Men’s 2x race
Sr. Men’s 1x (Luke) – 11am
Sr. Women’s 4+ (Arnaud*, Lauren, Allie, Victoria, Taylor) – 11am *Arnaud will arrive earlier to weigh-in with Mike
Sr. Men’s 4x (Erik *others have already arrived) – 12pm/noon
Sr. Women’s 1x (Madison) – 1pm
Jr. Men’s 2x (Harrison & Lucas) – 1:30pm ***times listed indicate the LATEST time by which you should arrive. Athletes are always welcome to arrive earlier to support and cheer on the other crews***
A reminder that food should be brought to the Parents’ Tent by the time indicated on the sign up sheet here.
Final Notes: Jackets will be distributed tomorrow at the races. City Champs medals will be awarded at our year-end party (yes, the medals have arrived!), and the 70th Anniversary CSSRA pins will also be distributed at our year-end party to athletes competing at this year’s CSSRAs.
That’s all, folks. See you all tomorrow on the Island.
You’ve made it! We’re now heading into the final few days before our biggest regatta of the season, the Canadian Secondary School Rowing Championships, hosted by the Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association (“CSSRA”).
Now that the races are just a few days away, I’m posting some very important information about the training, racing, and year-end party.
Any questions regarding food signup (explained in the Parent Info document) should be sent to Dina Gadsdon (Dina’s contact info is also listed in the info document).
TRAINING & RACING INFORMATION:
1) De-rigging on Wednesday, June 3rd All boats must be derigged on Wednesday morning and loaded on the trailer following practice.
For the Men’s Team: The following boats must be derigged & loaded on Wednesday AM:
-Ad Astra (Luke/Max/Kieran/Erik)
-Stocks (Max/Kieran/HSC athletes)
The following boats can be derigged anytime before Thursday’s practice in St. Catharines:
-Gadsdon 1x *must be car-topped (practicing on Thursday AM)
-Heinbecker 1x *must be car-topped
2) Thursday Practice (June 4th): All athletes racing CSSRAs are expected to attend Thursday’s practice in St. Catharines, unless otherwise discussed with a coach. All athletes should meet me (Alessandra) at 11:00am at the entrance to the football field at the back of Westdale Secondary School. We will then take attendance & board the bus. I’ll be supervising the bus ride, and the other coaches will meet us there. For liability reasons, all athletes are expected to take the bus.
Practice Plan: -Arrive, rig boats & clean, eat lunch
-Session 1 (approx. 1-2:30)
-Debrief & snack
-Session 2 (approx. 3-4:30pm)
-Debrief & pack up *Each session enables crews to go in primary and secondary boats. Session time includes warmup, cooldown, and stretching. If you only have one boat to practice in on Thursday, then please bring extra homework/etc.
You must bring: -water
-food (bring a lunch & LOTS of snacks – we’ll be at the course from 12-5pm)
-change of clothes
-workout/training clothes (ideally NOT showing Westdale colours – it’s a tradition to wear non-school clothing so that other crews can’t tell which school you’re from until the day you race)
-yourself, on time (11am)
3) Preliminary Race Draw: The preliminary race draw has not yet been posted, but will be made available soon on the CSSRA website. Please check the main website to find a copy of the draw once it’s posted by clicking here: http://www.cssra.ca/
You must bring your unisuit, student ID (or photo ID with date of birth), food/water, sunscreen, and change of clothes. We also recommend that you bring a tent or place to rest in the shade. Arrival times for crews will be posted on Thursday, June 4th, once the race draw has been finalized.
Our End-of-Year Party will take place at 7pm at the Westdale Kelsey’s on Main St. West (across from the school) in the downstairs party room (basement section). All athletes and parents are invited. This includes athletes that practiced in afternoons OR mornings, injured athletes, and/or rowers that have already completed their season with the City Champs. The event is for everyone.
We will be handing out the following awards (***oooooh, ahhhh, awards!***) at the party:
-Jr. Men’s & Women’s Indoor MVP
-Sr. Men’s & Women’s Indoor MVP
-Jr. Men’s & Women’s Outdoor MVP
-Sr. Men’s & Women’s Outdoor MVP
-Men’s & Women’s Rookie of the Year
We will also be announcing any relevant information concerning Summer Rowing & Heart and Stroke Rowing opportunities.
Crew Dinner Info:
The crew dinner will be held at the Mandarin on Upper James Street (1508 Upper James Street, L9B 1K3) at 6:30pm. This should give you ample time to finish your ice-cream at Hutches and change after the races. The reservation has been made for 40 people, which should accomodate all 37 athletes, plus coaches. There will be two long tables of 20 seats each.
Swag will be distributed tomorrow morning at the regatta. After reviewing all the items received from RS, there are still items we’re waiting on (jackets and visors). We have hats, hoodies, tee-shirts, and most other items. We are following up with Regatta Sport to obtain the rest of the order.
All athletes are expected to be available all day from Thursday, June 4th – Sunday, June 7th for the CSSRA national championships regatta in St. Catherine’s. Please speak to employers, teachers, and anyone else who should know (other coaches, etc.) to book the time off now.
We have already begun the process of booking our bus for our CSSRA practice. All athletes should be aware that they are expected to practice at Henley Island on Thursday, June 4th, during the day. A bus will transport all athletes to and from the race course, leaving from Westdale Secondary School.
*WARNING FOR GRADE 12s: This is the same day as prom, if you need special accomodation then you need to let your coaches know immediately.*