For over 20 years athletes from High Schools in Barrie have trained and competed with the help of the Barrie Rowing Club. The Club has always valued the partnerships it has with local schools in offering rowing as a club or competitive team activity. With indoor heated facilities and over 90 seats in rowing shells, over 80 Barrie athletes train from February to June each spring.
We currently have programs operating out of St. Joseph’s High School, St Joan of Arc Catholic High School and École Secondaire Nouvelle Alliance. In the past we have had great partnerships with Barrie North Collegiate, Unity Christian High School, St. Peter’s Catholic Secondary School, Innisdale Secondary School and Nantyr Shores Secondary School .
Rowing and LTAD:
Rowing is considered a late entry sport which means many athletes never learn to row until they are 12 – 13 years of age or older. This is why High School Rowing is a very important entry point for athletes into our sport and is also a unique sport from many others. With many High School athletes learning for the first time in grade 9 or 10 they are on a very level playing field with most of their peers across the province who are also just learning the sport.
A stable base:
Most athletes entering the sport start with some sort of dryland training and orientation which will allow coaches to assess the athletes through the Rowing Canada Movement Screen tool. This helps athletes and coaches identify areas of weakness such as flexibility, core strength, coordination, and strength. At this point athletes enter their Learning to Train phase which as it sounds teaches them how to properly train for the sport using weight circuits, long slow aerobic workouts, short fast anaerobic workouts, stretching and mental preparation.
As athletes have learned the theory and importance of properly training all aspects of being a good athlete they enter the Training to Train phase of their development as rowers. Most high school athletes will spend the majority of their High School rowing career in this stage as there is so much to learn and perfect in the sport of rowing and the room for improvement physically at this age seems endless. At the senior level or for athletes who make rowing a multi season sport they may enter the Learning to Compete stage which is taking the skills they have learned and placing more structure into the training with very specific goals and races in mind.
The Barrie Rowing Club hosts an event geared towards our novice athletes that provides a competitive experience from their home club.
Beyond High School Rowing:
There are several pathways after High School rowing to keep athletes engaged in the sport at a variety of levels. Every year Barrie Rowing Club proudly sends athletes to compete at a University level.
Other rowers find they would prefer to continue rowing with a local club where they can row for fitness, they can compete or they can give back to the community by volunteering their time as a coach, umpire or administrator. There are dozens of clubs across Ontario and Canada to continue rowing with.