Back in Enzed


Duncan Holland writes;

After a hiatus that was associated with moving us, and our household across the world to our former home in Christchurch New Zealand we are back at work in rowing. I have two contracts for the summer; Head Coach for the Avon Rowing Club (NZL) and for Villa Maria College, also of Christchurch and NZL. Stories and ideas from these new challenges will enliven my blog over the next months and, I hope, years.

This weekend I am at the NZRowing Coaches' conference. A great opportunity to meet old friends and colleagues and to catch up with what has been happening here while we have been away. As you all know top level competitive rowing in New Zealand has been a success story over the last few years but the domestic scene has been interesting too. School rowing is booming, club rowing struggling, recreational rowing growing. A familiar story.

The conference boasts possibly the first major speaking engagement by the legendary Mike Spracklen since his crew's success in Beijing. Mike has three formal sessions here,

  • The Canadian Men’s 8+;
  • Technique and Training – Fairbairn,
  • The Coach as a Leader.

I am particularly excited about the Fairbairn session as I am a long time fan of the man.

The other particularly interesting topic for me is a wide ranging look at school rowing. Under the general topic of 'Best practice' various eminent practitioners from NZL and AUS will discuss School Rowing.

  • Watch this space!
  • Duncan.
  • Duncan Holland


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