Kia Ora Everyone – after a short break we are back!
Rowing Season Commencement
Welcome back to another great season of rowing ahead! The Onslow College rowing season officially kicks off with the LTR programme, details below. If you are undecided about returning to rowing, then you are welcome to come to these sessions to reassess your desire to return or not. If you are still playing winter sport, then remember to complete your winter sports commitments before using the LTR days for commencing rowing training but if you can fit in both then that would be beneficial. There will be some sessions where you may help train new LTR recruits and sessions where you will do your own crew training. Your coach will keep in contact with you as well.
WRC also has an official start of season opening:
LTR and spring training for existing rowers begins Friday 10th August with the following schedule:
LTR / Spring Training Camp
LTR Promotion at School
If you know students interested in rowing at school, then please spread the word. We need to get a good intake of new novice rowers to keep the programme viable and cost effective. Apart from the fact that it is a great sport to learn many skills beneficial for both on and off the water, being a fantastic environment for teamwork and friendships and keeping super fit for winter sports trials! Please encourage others to come along and try out the LTR programme. All year groups welcome and the first 2 weeks are free.
If anyone is talking to the Ako classes or other students, then show them our rowing video and direct them to the website for more info.
Season Calendar on the website
The season calendar is on the website - to start planning your family holidays around rowing!
Second Hand Uniform Sales / Swap
If you have rowing uniform items that you want to sell / gift / swap, then you can advertise on the website here: https://ocrowingclub.weebly.com/uniform.html
Give your details to Stephanie. We will direct new Novices to this page, if they want to pick up cheaper uniform items.
By now you should have received leaflets and posters to distribute in your neighbourhood and workplace. We really need all our members to get behind the book fair as it is our only fundraiser and is vital for reimbursing our coaches and supporting club activities which makes the overall cost to the rowers cheaper.
The Book fair will be on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August at the Wharewaka
Our AGM will be early October – if you are interested in a role on the parent committee we have several vacancies coming up and would love to hear from you! Give me a call if you want to hear more Olwyn 021300504.
Information from WRC about the new constitution
The following information was sent out in the WRC club newsletter and the club have asked us to dedistribute it to members to ensure everyone gets it:
Below is the article written in the July newsletter regarding the draft Constitution and By-Laws
Welcome to the July newsletter. This month I thought that we should highlight the main areas of change in the proposed Constitution and By Laws so that members are prepared to vote at the AGM on the 12th August.
Although the work has been a little “dry”, it is most important that the Club improves its governance structure and processes. Good governance is always a work in progress. The concept of “good practice” develops over time and by reviewing our Constitution for the first time in many years, we are bring the Club into line with expected changes in legislation and promoting effective governance.
Sport NZ has commissioned advice for sporting clubs around New Zealand so that they are aware of the changes in the proposed new Incorporated Societies Act. The summary states;
· The process has begun to replace the 107 year old Incorporated Societies Act
Key changes proposed
· Basic duties for “committee members” more akin to directors' obligations under the Companies Act 1993, that will be expressly set out in the new legislation
· More specificity around managing conflicts of interest
· Dispute process to be built into constitutions
· Must have a constitution not just “rules”
Last month, we distributed the draft to members (via the newsletter and email) and received some feedback and queries from members. It is great to know that people are taking an interest in the work we are doing and have taken the time to read through the document. The feedback was important and has resulted in a few minor changes to a new draft of the Constitution and By-Laws which are now available.
You will receive a separate email to this newsletter with a revised draft either directly or through your school representative on the Committee, or, a link will be posted on your club Facebook page. The drafts are also available for all members on our refreshed website under the “Documents and Policies tab” on the right menu bar.
We found that Mailchimp, our newsletter distributor, ended up sending the June newsletter to many of your spam or junk folders due to the attachment, so we are trying not to have this happen again this month. It would pay to add WRC as a “safe” contact so that you don’t have the problem going forward.
As mentioned previously, the new Constitution will enact a Board going forward with a number of responsibilities not solely related to strategy. Effectively the Board will be charged with providing for the Clubs long term success, fulfilment of its purpose and enabling the Committee to realise its objectives. We believe that this is the most appropriate way forward for the Club and has worked well having a designated group specifically dedicated to the “strategic big picture” over the past two years.
The Wellington Rowing Committee will still be formed at the AGM. The Committee is entrusted with ensuring the vitality of the Club, its competitive achievements, school program success, Masters engagement and community involvement. The Committee also manages the Club’s operations, facilities, finances and social programs.
There will remain 6 officers of the Club who will sit on the Committee. The Captain, Vice Captain, President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. Their roles are stated in the redrafted Bylaws. Along with those six members there will be not less than 3 further members on the Committee (there may be more). We would expect a representative from each school to be available to sit on the Committee for example.
There is a change to the term of the officers to bring them into line with best practice and to make them consistent with the time of representation on the proposed Board. Previously there was a term limit for the President of 3 years but no limit for the other officers of the Club. The new draft states a term of two years on election with all officers able to offer themselves for re-election for one further subsequent two year term before having to stand down. This would be the case for all 6 officers. The amendment in the term allows for continuity of leadership but also means that rotating the positions on a regular basis allows for a refresh of Club leadership. This amendment in term is recommended best practice. It puts us in line for example with the WRA and their 2 year rotation of Board representatives.
This year, for the initial transition, it has been noted that the President, Vice Captain and Secretary would have an initial term of one year before re-election due to the fact that we do not want to put ourselves in a position of having all 6 officers rotating off the Committee at the same time.
The Club Captain and President would both sit on the Board.
Voting rights have been clarified in the new document. There has been wording put around school membership voting for under 18 rowers. Each active member is eligible to have one vote. We had clarified that either the school member may vote or their parent may vote on their behalf but only one vote per member will be counted.
Previously there has been confusion around proxies. These are not allowed under the current Constitution. The new Constitution will enable electronic voting (via email), should a member not be able to get to the AGM. When the AGM notice is distributed, there will be a form attached to show the resolutions being voted on. A member who is not able to make the meeting must return the form with all the information required by the stated deadline (5 days prior to the AGM) for their vote to be eligible. The Secretary will ratify the members eligibility and then the vote will be counted against each resolution. We believe this a more equitable way forward even though it will generate more work for the Secretary around the AGM process.
Our accounts reviewer has requested a specific objective of the club to be added as follows…
3.1 (d) To recognise our responsibility in the maintenance of our Heritage one status building which is meant to be retained to advance the purposes of the WRC
This has been included since the original draft and draws to our attention our ongoing obligation to the building.
We have also reinserted into the draft By-Laws that amendments that are made to the By-Laws are to be ratified at the next general meeting. This had been missed in error. There are a few other minor changes and new insertions around the number of days required to give notice if you wish to be considered for an Officer or for a Board member role etc.
I would encourage you to take the time to have a look through both documents. The drafts have been made possible as the result of huge input from many of the current Committee members alongside Tony Hasseds excellent guidance around “governance best practice”. I would recommend that the new draft Constitution and By-Laws be ratified at the upcoming AGM on the 12th August 2018.
Kia Ora Everyone
This day sheet wraps up the season and provides a few reminders of key events coming up. We will still have occasional email updates over the winter period but day sheets will not be regularly produced until about August
End of Season Celebration
A reminder that our end of season celebration will be held next Thursday - all rowers and families are welcome to join us to celebrate our ‘graduating’ rowers and thank our coaches and supporters.
The event will be at the student centre at school on Thursday 12 April at 7pm. Could each family please bring a plate to contribute to a shared supper.
Wellington Rowing Club Prizegiving will be held on 5 May, 7pm at the Clubrooms. This is a semi-formal event and crews and individuals from across the club will be recognised, including some of our own members no doubt. Come along and support the nominees and meet some of the wider club community.
Senior rowers – the WRC year 13 function will be on 13 April 6pm - please RSVP to Olwyn so I know who intends to come
Maadi (NZ Secondary School Rowing Champs) was in Twizel this year and we took a squad of eight to the event. It was a fantastic event and we had some great results. Everyone achieved finals which was awesome.
Olivia Clark and Constance Stirling won the bronze medal for their double, (so 3rd in the country for that age group event) They just missed the bronze for their Pair by 2 seconds. Sumer Harker and Oli Fahey got 5th in the A final for their Pair. Full results are listed at the end of this newsletter along with a few photos
The NZ Rowing trial selections were announced following Maadi. Olivia Clark has been selected to trial for NZ Juniors and Ella Greenslade has been selected to trial for NZ U18's as coxswain. Congratulations to you both!
We also won the T-shirt competition with an outstanding design idea from Elliot McCabe 😊
Maadi thank you
In addition to the fantastic Maadi results by our rowers, a big thank you to our coaches Jared and Tufi and the parents on 'duty' – Myself, Steve, Paul and Steph. And also, a huge thanks to Terry and Deidre who made the long journey between Wellington and Twizel twice to transport the boats there and back for all of our WRC schools.
End of season thank you - From Stephanie:
As the volunteer coordinator, I just wanted to say a big thank-you to all of our families for taking on various parent support roles this season. Parent help is essential in rowing in order to get our rowers and coaches to events they want to attend and to enable the operation of a successful rowing season. Every family has stepped forward to take on some kind of role which has been fantastic - from transport, organising school forms, regatta and camp coordinators and parent help, transport to Ruamahanga, boat maintenance, boat loading, squad managers, cleaning kitchen gear, first aid, fundraising and grants, accommodation, uniforms, lunch orders, committee roles, etc. So, THANK YOU very much - your time and effort is very much appreciated.
It has been a fabulous rowing season with a great bunch of enthusiastic and committed students, coaches, parents and other supporters.
Thinking ahead to next season... if you would like to continue in a particular role you did this year, then that would be perfect! I'll check in with you before we kick off again. There will also be a few jobs up for grabs as a number of our senior rowers depart the sport - along with their parents! So hopefully your son/daughter is keen to do another round of rowing and I'll be emailing again soon!
Coach Thank you
Our programme relies on a exceptional group of volunteer coaches and this season we have had a very high calibre and committed team – we will thank them in person on the 12th – but for the record a huge vote of thanks to:
Tufi Sele – Senior Girls Squad
Brent Dunshea – Girls Squad
Jared Cummings and Warwick Fowlie – Senior Boys
Jason Theobald, Dylan Fraser and William Fahey – Novice Boys Squad
Tina Manker – School Liaison
Deidre and Terry - Coach mentoring and a huge amount of general support!
We hope to see many of you back again for next season – but meanwhile thanks for your time, expertise and the great contribution to our programme this season.
Book-fair – we still need your help!
Last day sheet I asked for a team to step up to look after the book fair but have had no response so-far. This is a vital and hopefully fun role and is essential to us being able to reimburse our coaches for expenses each year. Please consider if you can assist with the coordination of this – we need a team of 2-3 to coordinate it (with many more hands involved in other tasks like book collection, set up and on the day assistance). We would like expressions of interest/volunteers for this ASAP – but before our 12 April get-together. Please email me.
The NISSC trip departs this Wednesday 28th Feb with the regatta running from Friday 2nd Mar to Sunday 4th. This is the rowing season highlight and marks the end of season for most of our rowers. Nearly 2000 school students from schools all over the North Island will be competing in this regatta. Good luck to everyone, you have all worked very hard to get to this point.
Remember to be at school at 7am on Wednesday, in your travel uniform, for bus loading and a departure at 7.30am. Everyone to bring a box of baking please.
End of Season Celebration
Each year we like to mark the end of the rowing season with an end of season celebration which also includes a ‘graduation’ ceremony for the senior rowers who have completed their final year of rowing. In this case we have a large senior cohort finishing their school rowing/coxing this year and we’d like all the club rowers, families and coaches to gather together to celebrate them as well as another successful season for OCRC.
The event will be at the student centre at school on Thursday 12 April at 7pm. Could each family please bring a plate to contribute to a shared supper.
Book-fair – We need your help!
OCRC run one major fundraising effort each year and that is the Book-fair which runs in the middle of the year (date for this year TBC). This event contributes essential funds into the club’s budget and is specifically targeted at supporting our coaches. We don’t pay our coaching team, but do reimburse some of the costs they incur over the course of the season. The $6-8K raised by the book-fair annually allows us to do this to a reasonable level and to keep our rower coach levy down to a small contribution ($100 per rower this season).
Deidre has been the lead on the book-fair for many years and had really gone above and beyond in the interests of our college rowers. This year she is looking to step away from that role and we need someone to step into the book-fair co-ordinator role. We are looking to form a small support team to ensure we maximise the opportunity that the book-fair presents. If you want to know more about this please have a chat to Deidre – she has promised to do a full handover to the team. We would like expressions of interest/volunteers for this ASAP – but before our 12 April get-together. Please email Olwyn.
Club Nationals Regatta – wrap up
The NZ Rowing Championships took place last week at Lake Karapiro and our Senior Girls stamped their mark on the regatta. Huge congratulations to Ella Greenslade who came away with 3 medals. A Bronze in the Mens Senior 8 which consisted of ex-NZ Elite rowers including our own coach Tufi and Onslow old boy and Olympian Jamie Hunter; a Silver in the Womens Novice 8 and a Gold in the Womens Novice 4. Ella coxed 19 races over the week including a Mens Premier 8 against the NZ Rowing Elite crews and NZ coxswains. She was noted by many of the Elite rowers as a very capable and competent coxswain. Alice Loretto competed in several club events and narrowly missed the broze medal in the highly competitive Womens Club 8. Constance Stirling and Olivia Clark competed in the Senior grade in 12 races and were generally the youngest rowers in their events competing against older and more experienced rowers. They achieved A finals for all their crew events and a B final for their singles. Well done to all of the Senior Girls.
There are photos from the season of various regattas, Rua trips and others on the website. Feel free to add your own as well.
Merry Christmas Everyone
KR1 Wrap up
It was fantastic to get up to KR1 and see our rowers in action and so many performing well! We had more finals than I can remember Onslow being in at this regatta and some notable performances. Especially pleased to see the U15 8 take third in that event – Onslow has not had an eight in the last couple of seasons – so to have two competing was awesome! Once again, the senior girls performed well and our senior boys 4 and Quad won their intermediate men’s events and placed third in the Double – a great start to the season for them. For a full round-up of results see the website: https://ocrowingclub.weebly.com/2017-18-regatta-results.html
Once again, we had a great team of parent helpers and our coaches worked tirelessly to support the rowers – a huge thanks for this!
Just a few reminders about summer camp which is from Saturday 6th to Thursday 11 January:
Fees for this are due by 30 December into the Onslow rowing account please, with rower name as reference.
Thanks to Melanie Dingle for stepping up and volunteering to coordinate grants applications - once school re-opens we will be progressing these.
Ex-Onslow Rower Drops in
Ex-Onslow rower and former Olympian, Jamie Hunter dropped into the Senior boys training last week to say hi. Jamie rowed lightweight for NZ and then transformed into the pair where he rowed with Tom Murray last season before recently announcing his retirement. It was great for the boys to have an opportunity to meet him and he generously dropped off a pile of rowing gear – including some NZ representative unitards, that the boys have already been seen sporting out on the harbour 😊 Thanks to Tufi for lining this up!
Looking forward to getting to know everyone at Summer Camp
KR1 XMAS REGATTA
The first Karapiro regatta is coming up:
Departing Wed 13th Dec. 7am in Onslow quad, in travel uniform.
Returning Sun 17th Dec.
Thank you for paying the regatta fee and completing the consent forms – a quick turn around on these things is really appreciated. Remember to be at school 7am on Wed 13th Dec in your travel uniform (black trousers / shorts, OCRC polo and OCRC hoodie) ready to load the bus for a prompt departure.
To note, the regatta coordinator is now Stephanie Clark not Frances Martin.
The information sheet for Summer camp has now been issued and fees for this are due by 30th December ($355). Keith has also sent the consent form out on Survey Monkey and we really need these in within the next few days so we can complete the process ahead of school closing.
I will be asking for assistance from the Girls and Experienced Boys parent cohort for some pre-camp food preparation in the next week.
In addition to that, if you are handy in the kitchen and would like to assist with some of the meal bases (butter chicken, bolognaise etc) please give me a call as preparing these in advance cuts back the work at camp for parent helpers. We have a standard set of recipes and the costs of these ingredients are covered.
Thank you to Maggie and family
A big 'Thank you' to Maggie and her family for being part of Onslow Rowing and the Girls crew since her Novice season 3 years ago. Maggie's contribution in the Senior girl’s crew and to Onslow rowing has been invaluable and will be hugely missed as will Frances and Mike’s parent help contributions which have been very much appreciated. (Unfortunately, Maggie has an injury which doesn't permit her to continue rowing for this final season).
Fundraising priorities and grants
The Committee agreed that the following things were our priorities for fundraising/grants this year – and potentially into next:
Unfortunately, our application to Pelorus Trust for replacing the school ergs was not successful. With Maggie moving on from rowing we are looking for someone else to assist with grant applications as there are potentially other avenues for funding which we have not yet tried. If you are interested in assisting give myself or Stephanie Clark a call.
Support for squad managers
Our squad managers are a primary channel for club communications and sometimes this means a lot of email when there is an event (which is just about every weekend in the season). Please support them by meeting the deadlines for responses, as this will assist to keep the number of communications and reminders to a minimum.
Thanks to everyone for contributing to another local regatta win for WRC! It was especially awesome to see our novice rowers out on the water for your first regatta and some great results for our experienced crews. Looks like we are set up to have a great season.
Our next Regatta is another Wellington based one - the Queens Cup on November 11. Coaches will let you know what is involved and which crews will be entered
Great work everyone for the Rowathon today. Don’t forget to deposit the funds you raised into the rowing account – with reference your name and rowathon. Funds are split 50/50 between WRC and your rowing account.
Thanks to those people who came to the AGM, we got it done in record time and can confirm the new committee roles are as follows:
President Olwyn Crutchley
Secretary Keith Rogers
Treasurer Raewyn Henderson
Member Stephanie Clark
Member Paul Smart
The rest of the committee are:
Life Members Terry McCarthy and Deidre Burke
Lead Coach Jared Cumming
School Rep Tina Manker
Student Rep TBC
We have not had a chance to hold an election for the student rep role but will do so over the next couple of weeks.
Under general business at the AGM there was a good discussion on fundraising and a group will be forming over the next couple of weeks to follow up on this and get some activities underway. If you indicated you could help with that on the registration form you will be hearing from someone soon.
The remaining WRC sub of $400 is due by the end of October.
Raewyn sent a reminder out the other day and it is important we pay the club on time – so your attention to this is appreciated
Uniforms have been ordered. Your squad manager will issue them when ready. If you have not paid, please do so asap. Thank you.
Have a look on our rowing website for links to different resources.
This includes the OCRC Club Community Expectations which holds the code of conduct for rowers, coaches and support people. The club rules are also available here.
Rowit - https://www.rowit.co.nz/
This is a great site for parents to keep in touch with the live results while the students are away at regattas. View the Day Sheet for race events, times and results. Rowers can also check their race entries here.
New members and those not yet signed up, should ask to be added to the 'Onslow College Rowing' Facebook page. This is a good way of a keeping up with reminder notices for regatta trips and events, as well as photos and other things happening with the club.
The Book fair cleared $6,200 which will go towards coach costs. This was another marathon effort from Deidre and the team and is a huge contribution to keeping our rowing programme running. Thanks Deidre and everyone who contributed!
Deidre is looking for someone to hand over the lead tole on this to for next year – so if you are interested please seek Deidre out and discuss – I am sure she’ll have lots of knowledge to hand over.
We have received a $2000 grant from the Hutt Mana Community Trust. This will cover coach costs at camps and Regattas. I attended a function in Upper Hutt to receive the grant on behalf of the club earlier this month. Thanks to Donna Sherlock for getting the Grant application in on our behalf and to the trust for the grant.
Kia Ora Everyone
LTR and our New Novice Rowers
Congratulations to our new rowers on completing the Onslow College Learn to Row Programme. We want to extend a very warm welcome to our new rowers and families and are looking forward to getting to know you as the season progresses.
The Under 15/Novice rowers are as follows:
The girls will join the Experienced Girls squad, to be coached by Tufi Sele and Brent Dunshea.
The boys will be coached by Jason Theobald (Lead Coach), William Fahey and Dylan Fraser.
Terry had the following to say: “Deidre and I have been hugely impressed with the LTR participants this year. Your enthusiasm, helpfulness, willingness to learn and to work as a team, have been inspiring.”
Our Experienced boys will train as one crew and will be coached by Jared Cumming and Warwick Fowlie. This includes U16’s, under 17’s and U18’s.
As indicated above, all girls will be in a single squad and will be co-coached by Tufi Sele and Brent Dunshea
Squad Manager roles
We will confirm squad managers shortly – however I would like a volunteer to look after the experienced boys crew this season so I can devote more time to the president role (assuming I am reconfirmed!) I am happy to do a handover 😉
Norton cup regatta
Save the date -Sat 28th Oct. This is the Norton Cup regatta held in Wellington. It will be the first regatta for the novices and we be racing as Wellington Rowing Club. WRC singlets will be issued to the novices on the day.
If you would like to help at a regatta or camp during the season or want to find out what is involved in being parent help then contact Stephanie
OCRC AGM – Put it in your Calendar now!
When: Thursday 26th October, 7:30pm
Where: Student Centre, Onslow College
Keith, our secretary, wll be sending out the formal notice, papers and Proxy voting forms for the AGM within the next few days. If you can attend we would love to see you there, and if not please consider giving your proxy vote to another representative. We need a quorum of 14. All rowers and parents are encouraged to attend. The main purpose is to reconfirm the committee for the coming year and receive our financial and other reports. Each family has one vote per rower represented. We do not have any remits to pass this time – so it should conclude quickly.
Thanks everyone for paying the winter training/LTR sub in a timely manner. Now that squads are confirmed, the remaining WRC sub of $400 is due by the end of October.
Due to the clash with Wellington College we felt it best to move the camp dates as the logistics of having two large groups sharing the facilities was not desirable. Accordingly the new dates are:
New uniform orders will be taken in October including polos, hoodies, caps and rowsuits for experienced rowers. A separate notice will come out about this soon
Countdown to the book fair has begun! It is next weekend (14-15 October). If you have been collecting books Deidre has already sent information out about sorting and delivering these to the book fair venue, the Wharewaka, on Friday evening between 4-8pm.
Check out the season Calendar in the OCRC website to view all events and dates for the season.
LTR Camp Wrap-up
Stephanie (LTR co-ordinator extraordinaire) has provided a wrap up report on the camp:
“Another successful Onslow College learn to row camp was completed over the first weekend of the school holidays. We had 17 keen novices perfecting their rowing skills under the nurture and guidance of our experienced rowers. Two of our 4 days provided perfect Wanganui water conditions with the remaining time interestingly still rowable! Not sure if it is actually possible to sink a boat? But I think our senior boys eight actually enjoyed the experience of 'surf rowing'. While the senior girls were kept busy bailing their singles for fear of losing jandles as they nearly floated out of the boat! So just when the novices thought they might get a weather reprieve, luckily calmer water was found up river for everyone to continue their 3 trainings per day.
We finished the camp with our annual LTR regatta where crews of novice rowers mixed amongst our experienced rowers to vie for the revered Warrick Fowlie gumboot trophy. Team 'Boomfa' of lane 1, coxed by the very capable Ella, won the race and the rights to autograph the strip of strapping tape that wraps the gumboot. Commiserations to the overall losing team 'Sumer ditched training to go to the movies with Constance' (maybe Sumer shouldn't have ditched - or perhaps it was something to do with the fact that boats in lane 1 won every race!)
It looked like everyone had a great time at camp and probably came home quite tired, but with a huge advancement in rowing skills for the novices and a great start to the experienced rowers' season training.
A huge thank you to our fabulous coaches, Jared, Tufi, Jason, Dylan, William, Warrick, Alick, Mel and to Terry and Deidre for organising and coaching yet another LTR camp. Also a big thank you to the parent help who ensure our rowers and coaches are fed, watered, happy and healthy. And ultimately thank you to all of the rowers who are a great group of students that are keen to give their best which makes the camp enjoyable for everyone.”
Kia Ora Everyone
And we’re off, welcome to the new season!
The LTR programme is in full swing and all the new Novices seem to be thoroughly enjoying it. We have a large cohort of boys but only a handful of girls. So, if you know any Yr 9 or 10 girls who want to try rowing, it's not too late. Encourage them to come to one of the LTR sessions.
Thanks to all of the rowers who are helping out with this, your experience and role modelling is very beneficial and appreciated. And thanks also to the coaches who are running the operation - like a well oiled machine!
All rowers need to urgently register with WRC. If you are participating in training at the club or helping out with LTR, then you need to be registered. This is a WRC health and safety requirement.
All rowers heading into the new season are now required to pay the WRC spring training subs. Pay into the OCRC account with your name as reference. The payment of $250 is passed onto WRC and $10 to OCRC.
This has been postponed and will likely be rescheduled to 16 September. Your coaches will confirm nearer the time and we’ll post details on the facebook page.
LTR Camp dates:
Further camp information will be issued within the next 2 weeks including the cost. But expect it to be approximately $250.
New uniform orders will be taken in October including polos, hoodies, caps and rowsuits (for those who gave theirs away at Maadi you will need one for KR1, so start sweet talking your parents or saving your pennies!)
As you’re aware the date for our annual book fair had to be changed to accommodate the Wharewaka AGM. The new date is the weekend of the Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th of October.
This is our major fundraiser for the year and supports reimbursing our great coaching staff with some of their expenses.
Here’s the list of tasks to do to make sure we get a good number of books to sell:
We need your help to………
Who do I contact with offers of help?…….
Kia Ora Everyone
We are getting close to the new season beginning – so it’s time to start thinking about rowing again. Getting a great bunch of new novices on board is an essential part of this! We are looking for support in this process from existing rowers and families – so read the information below and have a think about what you can do to help.
Learn to Row Recruitment
LTR recruitment is currently taking place, so spread the word about joining Onslow College rowing. There is a free 2-week trial for students to give rowing a go, it is open to all year groups and as you know it is a fantastic environment for teamwork, friendships, fitness and learning skills for success both on and off the water. The Year 9's and 10's have had an intro to rowing and erg skills in their PE classes over the past week and they have been shown the recruitment video in their assemblies last term. There are notices in the Bulletin and the Notices. Let’s make rowing visible around school - wear your rowing hoodies around school. The more newcomers we get, the better it is for everyone.
LTR Student & Parent Meeting:
If you know any potential students who are interested in rowing, then encourage them to come with their parent(s) to the LTR information meeting.
At Wanganui Top 10 Holiday Park
See rowing website for season dates
See the rowing website for the season regatta schedule and camp dates.
We hope that you are all keen to go again for another great season of rowing! However, if you are not returning to rowing, then let your coach know or email Stephanie and we'll start to get our contacts list corrected: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are unsure about whether to do another season, then have a chat to your coach or Tina, Terry or Deidre to work through any concerns you might have.
They will be taken next Tuesday. Rowing is last at 2.20pm. Can rowers please bring their unitard for the photo. I think some rowers don’t currently have one so please bring black shorts and we will try to source a singlet. As a back-up also bring your black polo in case we can’t get a uniform look in the uni/singlets. Please make the effort to attend the photo session and we'll try and get all coaches there for squad photos and we're also taking one photo with everyone.
AGM Thursday 26th October
The AGM will be held on Thursday 26 October at 7:30pm at the Student Centre. There will be at least one vacancy on the committee to fill and we’d love to hear from you if you are interested in this role.
The date for the bookfair is likely to get pushed out – Deidre will let everyone know the new date once that is confirmed. Meanwhile if you want to get involved please drop Deidre an email: email@example.com
Season Feedback Survey
We only received 9 responses to the feedback survey (6 from rowers) – so not enough to really give a cross-section of views. The Executive Committee would still like your feedback on the season and your ideas to improve the coming season. If you would still like to respond I will leave the survey open for a couple of weeks and collate the results for the next day sheet:
Session on Rowing Nutrition
12 August WRC 10am
This coming Saturday (12th) there is an opportunity for rowers and parents to attend a Rowing nutrition talk from an expert from rowing NZ. This will be at the WRC clubrooms from 10am to 11am. Please arrive by 9:50 so you are seated for a prompt start. All welcome
WRC Season Kick off
Sunday 20th August, 8am start.
Format: 8am, bring a shovel - to shift the sand in front of the club to make boat launching safer
Around 9:30 – Lotto 8s - mixed crews fun race!
“ Last year we had over 50 children, adults and Masters attend - it was a great success. We are very keen to provide an opportunity in a fun environment for rowers of all ages in the Club to row together and get to know one another.”
OCRC received a thank you note from Warren and Margaret Thomas. Warren is the Karapiro Rowing Chariman and to receive this message from Karapiro Rowing is a credit to all of the Onslow College rowers for taking the initiative and time to get the Maadi card signed by all the attending schools. It was obviously very much appreciated. Well done!
Olwyn Crutchley, President of OCRC.