Rowing develops skills for success both on and off the water, including skills for time management, organisation, comittment, team work, friendships, fitness and serves as a positive influence on academic work. Students gain an infectious desire to succeed and are proud to represent the Onslow College Rowing team. As a consequence Onslow has enjoyed some excellent results in this sport. If winter sport is also a passion, then a summer of rowing will make the winter sports trials a breeze!
The Onslow College Rowing Club (OCRC) is the provider of College representative rowing within the Onslow College community and has a well developed programme with experienced coaches and a well run committee and parent group. We are affiliated to the Wellington Rowing Club (WRC). Students row for the WRC in local regattas and represent Onslow College in the championship regattas at Lake Karapiro and other secondary school regattas, including the Maadi Cup (NZSS Rowing Champs).
The season begins with a Learn to Row programme starting in August followed by a camp at the end of Term 3 to identify students with the right drive and potential and then continues over the summer holidays until March of the following year.
Rowing requires some time commitment. Novice squads train 4-5 times per week from Oct to Dec. Up to 7 trainings a week are likely near the end of the season as crews build for championship regattas. It is unrealistic to expect that you will be able to play another major sport during Term 4 and Term 1 of the following year if you choose to row.
A full information evening in August will provide students and parents with a comprehensive picture of what is involved.
Trainings: Onslow College, Wellington Rowing Club, Frank Kitts Park, Lagoon and other venues.
Venues: Wellington Harbour, Wanganui River, Wairarapa, Lake Karapiro.
Uniform: Full information will be given at the pre-season meeting.
Costs: Students chosen as novice rowers after the ‘Learn to Row’ camp should expect costs of around $2800 (excluding Maadi) for the full season. These costs include the Learn to Row programme and the LTR camp as well as all club, coaching and uniform fees and participation at the summer camp, at least three away regattas as well as local regattas and other mini camps. Actual costs may vary depending on the individual rower’s participation in all events, but are indicative of a typical season. Costs are charged on a per event basis.
$10.00 Administration fee will be charged to your account once squads are confirmed in September.
Rowing is an expensive sport and fundraising opportunities are provided to assist students and their families.
Parent help required: Rowing is very much a family affair with everyone expected to pitch in and help. Please be prepared to take on some responsibility such as parent help at camps and regattas, transport, towing coach boats, driving the boat trailer and boat loading/maintenance.
See the OCRC website for more information: www.ocrowingclub.weebly.com