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RGS rowers back on the water for 2020

20th Jan 2020

The rowing training has continued over the holidays for a group of RGS students.

In preparation for nationals selection and this weekend’s Queensland State Championships, 18 RGS rowers have been working through individual training programmes over the school holidays before coming into camp last week.

The RGS nationals squad will be announced on 28 January, with rowers getting a final opportunity at the Queensland Championships to post national qualifying times.

Joining the RGS students at the camp were a strong contingent of rowers from The Cathedral School in Townsville.

RGS Head of Rowing Mr John Smyth said Cathedral enjoy the competition and it further lifts the standard of the camp.

“They (Cathedral) love the facilities and all the rowers get along with each other,’’ Mr Smyth said.

During the camp, a typical morning row consisted of a long session of between 20 and 24km followed by breakfast and yoga.

After a break in the middle of the day the rowers returned to the Fitzroy River for speed work in the afternoons.

The combined group also spent a day of fitness on the Capricorn Coast, hosted by the Emu Park Surf Life Saving Club.

The camp provided a good test to see how all the individual training programmes had worked over the school break.

Mr Smyth said all the students were required to complete a monitoring piece on the ergo each week.

“Everyone who’s been away out of town does a monitoring ergo, sends a screen shot and that was posted on the Thursday,’’ Mr Smyth said.

“It keeps everyone accountable, but we also understand that people are also on vacation and also have other things on over the holidays.

“A lot of the rowers did do the training programme and a lot of them pulled PBs which was pretty good.”

Mr Smyth said the students were required to do two to three ergos a week, or if they were in town, also some holiday rowing on the river.

“We put a lot of options in there,’’ Mr Smyth said.

“They can go for a cycle, a swim or a surf. For some of these students on properties you can take out a run and put in four hours of fencing which requires the same amount of aerobic work.

“You just have to make it fit for you.”