First Learn-to-Row Grads of the Season

1st LTR 2013Story by Lauren Brown
Hanlan's "first of the season" Learn-to-Row athletes have successfully completed their course and are ready to move on to other Club programs.
Thirteen juniors began their course last weekend, Saturday April 20th.     The first day they were met with -5 degree Celsius weather including snow and wind.  Under Lauren Brown's guidance they braced the storm outside learning the stroke on rowing machines and practicing rowing dockside.  That kept their blood flowing supplemented by jumping jacks, jump squats, and lunges to keep warm, finishing off with a fun relay race.   Due to the 80 km. wind gusts, they didn't actually get on the water that first day.  Nevertheless, spirits were still high at the end of the day, even with frozen fingers and toes.
The following days the weather improved with the sun out but it was still windy.  All boats navigated successfully and learned how to anticipate getting blown in the wind, an important skill for all rowers.
This past Sunday the athletes finished the day with some sprint races.  Everyone left a little tired and sore, but keen, after  two one-hour outings.  The majority of participants plan on joining Hanlan's Junior Competitive program this spring.  Coach Lauren is looking forward to having them participating and furthering their rowing skills.