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Rowing Training Camp

Rowing Training Camp
Karen Smith

Rowing Training Camp Lago D’Orta Italy: 12th - 19th April 2019

Twenty two senior rowers and five staff travelled to the stunning setting of Lago D’Orta in Italy for another very successful training camp over the Easter holidays.  Once again, Canford athletes joined together with pupils from King’s Canterbury for a great experience of rowing and sculling.

The trip did not get off to a great start from an equipment perspective, with the Canford boat trailer developing an axle problem on the way to the Channel Tunnel.  Given this is a key training time of year, most club trailers were unavailable but after using every contact in the rowing club’s book, our grateful thanks go to Maidstone Boat Club who were able to help.  With the rowers on the plane from Heathrow the following day, this generosity allowed the Canford camp to go ahead. 

The weather was set fair and the lake conditions were excellent, in fact the only day of poor weather was when the crews travelled to a regatta at Lake Como, so the rest of the week they were firmly fixed at the Orta base!

There was a significant amount of technical and physical work undertaken but the pupils also devoted time each afternoon to their academic work and it was pleasing to see pupils across the age groups helping one another.  A number of the coaches are also specialist academic teaching staff and provided some excellent 1-1 and group tuition and support.

Director of Rowing, Ian Dryden, commented: “This annual camp is invaluable in building on the experiences of the Head racing in preparation for the summer regattas including the National Schools and Henley.  Joining our colleagues from King’s Canterbury always works very well, and it’s great to see pupils from both schools exchanging rowing stories and building friendships through the sport. Once again many thanks to our hosts at the Canottieri Lago d’Orta for making us so welcome.”

Please visit the Canford YouTube channel to view a pupil-produced film of this year’s rowing camp (link below) and view photographs at Photographs from the camp.


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