The Inlet Rowing Club has successfully run a junior development program for more than a decade. The club provides an enjoyable environment and the support needed to maximise young club members' potential. The program helps aspiring junior rowers develop their skills in the sport and aims to complement school rowing programs/other sports. By design, our program creates a clear pathway for junior athletes into the club system and elite-level rowing. High-performing athletes aged 13-18 (younger if 5’ tall) are invited to express an interest in our program which is expanding for 2017 – with up to 8 spaces being created under a newly hired Junior coach.
We will have at least two groups running simultaneously to cater for the different individual skill levels and goals including the less intense technical skill-focused training as well as being a stepping stone to high-performance training. The program has produced a number of Row-to-Podium qualifying representatives and competing in various regatta in Canada and Washington State, US. And we’re pleased to have a Tokyo 2020 National Team Olympic medal hopeful training out of Inlet from April 2017.
Will I benefit from the program?
Are you looking to:
• Try a new sport?
• Challenge yourself, push your limits and compete at the higher levels of the sport?
• Improve your technical rowing?
• Be better prepared for rowing and ergometer trials?
• Maintain your fitness over the off-season?
• Row in all classes of boats?
If you answered yes to any (or all) of the above then you will definitely benefit from the program. What you put into the program is what you will get out of it. Some girls and boys may wish to compete in the junior category events at Provincial or National Championship level for which a special program will be organised.
Many graduates of the program in recent years have rowed in their school/university first VIIIs, and have continued their rowing into the club successful youth/Masters teams.
What we offer:
We aim to provide:
• A minimum of 3 water sessions per week
• Provide a fun, inclusive, challenging and safe environment
• Cater to individual athlete skill level and experience
• Complement any school based rowing program as well as providing a program for athletes from non-rowing schools/other sporting backgrounds
• Provide opportunities for athletes to compete in relevant and suitable club, province and national regattas/events
• Identify other activities and opportunities that will enhance a rowers overall performance e.g. bodyweight/cross-fit training, exercise physiologists, use of technology re stoke/technique analysis and talks by World and Olympic champion rowers/highly certified technical coaches.
How much will it cost?
An annual competitive membership of $745.00 includes the following:
• Use of all indoor and outdoor equipment
• All coaching related fees for the year (every session is coached, on-water sessions include accompanying coach/safety boat)
• Bodyweight/cross-fit circuit/strength training
• Preparation to compete in typically 6 regattas per year
• Uniform (for regatta competitors)
• Access to Old Mill Boathouse Facilities (showers etc.)
• Rowing Canada and Rowing BC registration/insurance fees of $50 and $20 respectively is added to the relevant club fee at the time you register for the program.
• Membership of the Old Mill Boathouse Society is also required at a cost of $20 per year.
How do I express an interest?
If you are interested in joining the Youth Development Program please express an interest by emailing the President at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition to your contact details, it would be helpful to provide details of your sporting history, any rowing history/Erg scores you may have and an overview of your goals.