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2017 GRAFTON ROWING CAMP – For Some, an Exercise in Fear…

2017 GRAFTON ROWING CAMP – For Some, an Exercise in Fear…
The squad on the final day of the camp
The squad on the final day of the camp


“I’ve learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path. Transforming fear into freedom – how great is that?”

Soledad O’Brien


On Saturday 23 September we headed north to warmer climes, calmer waters and a week of tough work for our annual camp hosted by the Grafton Rowing Club and under the watchful eyes of Ken Maughan, Captain Grafton Rowing Club and Ron Beattie, Australian Umpires, Australian Selectors, Life Members of their respective clubs, Grafton and Balmain Rowing Club. These two have more rowing knowledge in their little finger than we could ever hope to hold in our heads and this week is all about extending our knowledge, our ability in the boat and our fitness. We knew it was to be hard but we knew we would return better technically, more adept with fine tuning our equipment  and with a deeper understanding of the nuances of racing so the toughness will be worth it. For some, the fear of not being able to keep up with the squad; of not understanding the instructions or knowing that by the end of the week we shall all have rowed well over 100 kilometres caused the beginning days to be nervously welcomed and uneasily greeted.

It’s now Day Four, and our blisters number many more than the combined number of digits of each rower! We have sculled, rowed, sweated, tapped out, stuffed that duck, skirted the old ferry and bled in the name of refining our technique. We have all begun to embrace our special talents and ability to reproduce and refine with finesse parts of the stroke.

“We are all growing both separately and as a group.”

Thank goodness the food is plentiful, the camaraderie joyous and the weather unbelievable. We shall push on and  look to Friday when we can reflect on what we’ve achieved and start preparing how to combine that learning into our racing for the coming season.

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