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.”
Stephanie Clark President of OCRC.