JDS Squad Training and Covid-19 in 2020

This is just a precautionary warning that the Covid-19 virus will require the club to operate under the guidelines of the Qld State Government. Specifically, we are required to observe social distancing and sanitising regulations. These requirements may place some limitations on how many members we are allowed to register for the Junior Development Squads this year. Currently, we are asking that you apply by sending an email to jds@brisbanegpsrowing.com.au.

Before we start in October and have clarity on the guidelines from the government for the size of the course membership, we will be able to provide feedback on how many students we can enroll each month.

The plan for the 2020 to 2021 Season:

Program Groups –

 

Year 8 in 2020

Our programme will start at 7:30 am Sunday 11th October. All rowers should be ready to row. Caps, hats or visors, sunscreen and water bottles are a must.
We will be offering one program for Year 8 girls who have rowed in the 2020 season.
This group will be offered training at 7:30 am on Sunday mornings only. It is targeted at girls who enjoy rowing and wish to improve their technique on the water and on the ergometer over the summer offseason. They may be offered a competitive opportunity. This will depend on their level of performance and interest in competeing at regattas.

COST –

The cost of the Year 8 Development Squad will be $260.00 (including GST) plus two payments of $42.00 to cover Rowing Queensland Registration for the two calendar years. A total commitment is then required of $344.00.

Girls Years 9,10,11 and 12 in 2020

This group shall be divided into two Squads.

DEVELOPMENT SQUAD –

This Squad shall be offered training on 2 weekday sessions and a Sunday session. One of the weekday sessions may be in the afternoon, depending on numbers. The Sunday session will be from 8:00 am.
Our programme will start at 8:00 am Sunday 11th October. All rowers should be ready to row. Caps, hats or visors, sunscreen and water bottles are a must

FOCUS –

The focus of these girls will be to improve technique both on the water and on the ergometer and to maintain a reasonable level of fitness.

COST –

The cost of the Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 Development Squad will be $260.00 (including GST) plus two payments of $42.00 to cover Rowing Queensland Registration for the two calendar years. A total commitment is then required of $344.00.

For students who were previously members in the 2019 to 2020 season, we will be able to reduce the Rowing Queensland fee by $42 as this is only paid once a year. This will reduce the membership fee for 2020-2021 to $302.00

CHAMPIONSHIP SQUAD –

Our programme will start at 5:30 am Saturday 10th October. The sweep squad will be starting at 5:30 am, and the sculling squad will start at 7:10 am. All rowers should be ready to row. Caps, hats or visors, sunscreen and water bottles are a must.
The sweep girls will be offered training on Tuesday and Friday from 5:00 am and Saturday from 5:30 am. The sculling girls will be offered training on Monday and Thursday from 5:00 am and Saturday from 7:30 am.

If it is decided to compete at State Representative and National Regattas a further on water session will be offered.

FOCUS –

The focus for these girls will be on small boats. This will be single sculls for under 17’s and sculls and pairs for under 19’s. It is anticipated if these girls are able to achieve acceptable standards, they will be offered the opportunity to compete at Queensland State Titles and Australian National Titles. It will be for the coaches to make the decision on the level of competition that is offered.

COST-

Cost for the Championship Squad will be $360.00 (including GST) plus 2 payments of $72.00 each or $144.00 to cover Rowing Queensland Registration for the two calendar years. This registration fee provides the rower with Competitive status registration in the Regatta Management system and allows the club to enter the member into regattas anywhere in Australia.

A total commitment is then required of $504.00

For students who were previously members in the 2019 to 2020 season, we will be able to reduce the Rowing Queensland fee by $72 as this is only paid once a year. This will reduce the membership fee for 2020-2021 to $432.00

Background:

The Brisbane and GPS Rowing Club has successfully run a junior development program since 2001. The club provides an enjoyable environment and the support needed to maximise young club members’ potential. The program helps aspiring junior rowers develop their skills in the sport and aims to complement school rowing programs. By design, our program creates a clear pathway for junior athletes into the club system and elite-level rowing.

If you are interested in competing at Club State Championship, and the Australian National Rowing Championships in March, then we can help you get to these events, If you are interested in improving your skills and fitness, without a focus on competition but more on outdoor activities, and some fun, then we have a squad for you as well.

The program has produced nine Australian representatives in the preceding years, competing in sculling and sweep events at World Junior (U19), U23, and Senior A championships, and Olympics in 2016. 11 other rowers who have represented Queensland.

How do I express an interest?

If you are interested in joining the B&GPS Girl’s Junior Development Programme please express your interest by emailing Andrew McNicol at jds@brisbanegpsrowing.com.au. Please include in your email your rowing history, ergo score, height and an overview of your goals.

Will I benefit from the program?

Are you looking to:

  • Improve your technical rowing skills in both sweep and sculling?
  • Be better prepared for sculling and ergo trials?
  • Maintain your fitness over the off-season?
  • A row in all classes of boats?
  • Wish to challenge your fitness

If you answered yes to one or all of the above then you will definitely benefit from the program. What you put into the program is what you will get out of it. Some girls may wish to compete in the Under 17 (U17) events at the Australian Championships in Sydney in March 2020 for which a special program will be organised.

Many graduates of the program in recent years have rowed in their schools’ first VIIIs, and have continued their rowing into the club successful young members’ squads.

What we offer:

We aim to provide:

  • Up to a maximum of 4 water sessions per week for the Championship squad.
  • Much of the training will be in small boats, singles and pairs.
  • 2 water sessions a week for the Development squad
  • Provide a fun, inclusive, challenging and safe environment
  • Cater to individual athlete skill level and experience.
  • Complement any school-based rowing program as well as providing a program for athletes from non-rowing schools
  • Provide opportunities for athletes to compete in a relevant and suitable club, state and interstate regattas/events
  • Identify other activities and opportunities that will enhance a rower’s overall performance e.g. cross fit training, exercise physiologists, dieticians, sports psychologists, and talks by world champion rowers

Note: EARLY APPLICATION IS RECOMMENDED AS PLACES ARE LIMITED