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Parent Feedback Survey – It’s Here!

Hello Parents,

The feedback survey has been officially approved & is now ready for your input. Please find the survey by clicking this link, and we recommend that you be as specific as possible if you’re writing comments (it’s helpful in identifying which specific things are good/which things needs change): https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/X2NCTBM

Your feedback is highly valuable and will be used to improve the program for next year. All feedback (athlete & parent) will be reviewed at the end of June by the teacher rep & coaches. We can also provide an update afterwards to indicate how the review went & what types of changes will be made.

PLEASE NOTE: The survey is focused on the 2014 Outdoor Rowing Season only. If you’d like to add input/feedback about the indoor season, then you are able to add that in the comments section of the last question (which asks for any additional notes/etc. you may want to list). The survey focuses predominantly on the coaching, training, and communication – as experienced and perceived by you, the parents – during the outdoor season. A separate survey, compiled by Lori Prevec, will be offered at a later time and will be focused more on fundraising feedback (e.g.: Chili Cookoff, Ergathon) and parent-run initiatives (e.g.: CSSRA food tent, etc.)

ALSO IMPORTANT: This survey is athlete/coach specific for the purposes of better analyzing the feedback. It’s anonymous – don’t worry (your athlete won’t be identified, nor will you – but you are required to select the category your athlete rowed/coxed and the athlete’s main coach. If you have TWO or more Westdale rowers in your family, please complete one survey per athlete, as they may have had different coaches.

If you have any questions or concerns before completing the survey, just send me an email & I’ll be happy to clarify things 🙂

Thanks for taking the time to do this, we appreciate it!


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Missing your Toque? Questions about feedback opportunities?

Bonjour mes amis,

Two things:

1) Toques: Regatta sport had initially provided toques for rowers competing in the outdoor season, but they were short on numbers & some athletes are missing toques. As such, we are ordering more (FREE of charge to you, don’t worry) for all athletes who are missing their toques.

Please email me (Alessandra) or comment to this blog post before June 21st (before this Saturday) if you’re missing your toque. The email or comment should include your name & that you’re missing a toque. Once I have the numbers by this Saturday, Carolyn Craven will submit our order. Again, this is free of charge to you & is to to compensate those who missed the toques the first time around. Yay toques 🙂

A history of toques: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toque#Canadian <— YOU COULD BE THAT PERSON.

2) Parent Feedback: You’re probably thinking, “Hey, my athlete had an opportunity to give feedback on the season, I’d like my chance too!”. Don’t worry, we hear you! A survey has been created for the parents (and will be made available this week), but is pending final approval. Please be patient & I promise it will be with you later this week. Remember: your feedback matters & will be used to improve the season for next year.

On that note, athlete feedback has been VERY helpful (I’ve been collecting the forms), but we’ve only received 16 responses so athletes are still welcome to comment/provide feedback if they’d like by clicking the link here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QGHYT2Q

We (coaches & teacher rep) will be reviewing all feedback at the end of June.


PS – Don’t you miss early mornings? I do. Just kidding. Sleeping is actually pretty wonderful. But of course I miss your lovely faces.

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Athlete Feedback – Survey for 2014 Outdoor Rowing Season

Hello Athletes!

Now that you’ve had a few days to recover from your final races of the outdoor season (but while the season is still fresh in your minds) we’d like to invite ALL athletes (Jr/Sr/Men/Women/AM/PM/injured) to provide feedback on the training, coaching, and general thoughts on the outdoor season.

Please submit your feedback by completing the survey found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QGHYT2Q

This survey is intended for athletes only because a separate survey/feedback form will be given to parents & will be collected separately. This will help us in effectively analyzing the feedback. The parent feedback survey will be posted within the next few days (this week) – thanks in advance for your patience.

I highly encourage everyone to respond because this is our way of determining what’s working & what needs to be changed and it’s very useful for improving the program. Be sure to have your voice heard by completing the survey 🙂


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Coaching & Training Feedback

Hey Athletes!

I have officially finished the training plans for the coming months (hooray!), but am interested in getting some feedback on how you’ve been finding the training and/or coaching thus far. My goal is to use this feedback to help tweak a few things in the plan I’ve just created, before publishing it. We can also use it to ensure our coaching is effective.

To give your feedback, please fill out the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CPPNJ88

Feel free to be completely honest – responses are anonymous & are only used to improve the program. If you don’t like something OR if you really like something, be sure to speak up.


PS – Bring in yo’ money fo’ yo’ shirts, y’all. ***$14***