Rowing is a sport in which the boys need to put in a lot of time and attention into technical detail. This takes patience from a boy who wants to express himself in a competitive environment. They will spend most of this time developing a tremendous amount of understanding of the rowing stroke and the sport. While ensuring the boys are developing this technical level of understanding of the rowing stroke, while making it as enjoyable as possible and at the same time maintaining a structured and disciplined environment for them to work in.
We start our boys off rowing in Grade 6 during integrated sessions where they will row on the ergo and then have a couple of session after school at Victoria Lake to learn some of the basics of rowing in the boats on the water, while steadily developing a fitness and technical base.
Each year we aim to smoothly transition our Grade 7 boys into St Benedict’s College rowing. Our Preparatory boys will be competing against all other rowing schools. They will spend many hours out on the water gaining trust of the other boys they row with and have absolute respect for their opposition and will hopefully be humble in winning and losing. They will all realise that they need to work together in order to achieve the same common goal, of doing their best, not only for themselves, but others to.
Each year we gear the boys up through a series of regattas before their first major regatta of the season held in November, Gauteng Schools Rowing Championships. At this point the boys then have a break to concentrate on exams and have a long break until the rowing camp held in January.
Good luck to the boys, all the best for the future in St Benedict’s rowing.
Yours in rowing,