What does it take to excel in competitive youth rowing eights?

By Rebecca Caroe

What does it take to excel in competitive youth rowing eights? A question from Quora Firstly, you have to enjoy the sport. Go join a group with fun people in it and enjoy meeting them when you train. [This is because a strong bond between athletes makes them perform better under pressure because they don’t […]

J16 girls eight rigging rowing shell

How to rig a J16 girls rowing eight

By Rebecca Caroe

Just wondering if you have any advice for setting up a J16 junior girls 8+ rigging and oar length? I would say 4 of them are lightweight size and 4 heavyweight? Thanks Thanks for your question – we have a quick answer and a longer one. The quick answer is to copy what a known […]

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How much should juniors train for rowing?

By Rebecca Caroe

Rowperfect gets asked this frequently by concerned parents.  Below we summarise a speech given by the National Junior Coach at the British Rowing Conference in 2008. Additional reading for Parents of junior rowers the Sporting Parent guide to communication and understand how you should be talking with your child about their sport. The Parents Guide to […]

Now Announcing Our Rowing Glove Giveaway Winners!

Now Announcing Our Rowing Glove Giveaway Winners!

By Rebecca Caroe

Rowperfect is happy to announce the six Rowing Glove Giveaway winners: Piet van Vliet, Quebec, Canada Fiona McAnena, Esher, UK Suzy Scorer, Nelson, New Zealand Louise Gardener, Victoria, Canada Susan Terrien, Detroit, USA Conny Kirsch, Florida, USA Thank you to everyone who participated!  For more information on Rowing Gloves, read Rowperfect’s latest posts on the subject: Why […]

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Why all rowers need gloves…. sometimes

By Rebecca Caroe

Rowing has a macho image, particularly with regard to “hardening up” and “being tough”.  This shows up mostly around walking barefoot at regattas and “patent recipes” to cure hand blisters (no, urinating on your hands does not harden the skin!). Every rower gets blisters sometimes.  Many find training camps particularly tough time because increasing training to […]

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Rowing stars of the future

By Rebecca Caroe

It is said an “overnight” success takes 8 years but sometimes you can see the rowing stars of the future coming over the hill very fast indeed. Young Veronica Wall – photographed below with a gold medal in the Under 16 single sculls at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships (known as the Aon Maadi […]

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How to build rowing fitness & technique

By Rebecca Caroe

How should I begin to build fitness and technique on the water with my J12 crews once they have mastered the basics of handling the boat? Fitness and technique are the goal of all rowing coaching and tough to do well. So my suggestions – first, make it FUN and also make some of the work competitive […]

Training for J12 youngsters new to rowing

By Rebecca Caroe

Where to start putting together training sessions for J13s & J12s new to rowing? You have a great task ahead of you for your new athletes.  If you can get them encouraged, they will stick with Rowing into the future.  I coached 10 – 14 year olds for 5 years and so have experience in […]

Get students to study rowing videos

By Rebecca Caroe

A Rowperfect reader showed us this email he sent to his high school rowing squads. Here is an excellent website that you should subscribe to (for free) which has very useful articles and podcasts and things of interest in the rowing world eg Blister care, technique tips, nutrition, recovery etc. They send out a regular […]

How to be a supportive sporting parent

By Rebecca Caroe

When your child starts coaching you need to learn how to support them.  This may require skills you don’t yet have. There are tales of touchline punchups between parents and hostilities when the coach didn’t choose your child for the first eight. Behaving appropriately comes both from the coach (as Jason Dorland explains) and from […]