From 13th to 23rd June of 2018, ARF Junior Rowing Training Camp was successfully held in Chungju city, Korea before the 2018 Asian Rowing Junior Championships. Experienced coaches were invited from FISA to lecture the training camp, Tony Carr from Canada and Chronis from Greece together with Jacques from Netherland and Korean national coach Mr.Kim. There were totally 43 participants from 9 NFs financially supported by ARF taking part in the training camp. During the training camp, each day the participants will have on water training and indoor lecture. All the junior rowers has improved a lot on their rowing skills and boat rigging. The lectures will not just tell them what to do on water but also analyse their actions one by one. Ech day after dinner, team building games were organized for youth athletes, such as dance party, basketball, football, volleyball, so that all the athletes can relax and enjoy themselves during the play. Doctor Mikio, Chair of ARF Sports Medicine Committee and Doctor Han, Chair of Para Rowing Committee delivered a lecturer on Sports Medicine and Anti-Doping Control for participants of ARF Junior Training Camp and ARF Para Rowing Training Camp in the morning of 23rd. According to the feedbacks of the participants, the 2018 ARF Junior Training Camp has made great outcomes and all the participants has improved and enjoyed during their stay in Chungju. It is believed with the increasing participation of young generation, Asian rowing will have a bright future.
2017 ARF High Performance Training Camp was held in Taishun China from 12th Nov. 2017 to 25th Jan. 2018 sponsored by ARF. It is the first time for ARF to host such a long period and high level training camp, which attracted 60 athletes and coaches from 12 national federations of ARF. With 6 coaches and lecturers, 6 staff from ARF Secretariat, 8 staff from OC, there are 80 participants in total for 75 days, which make a history of ARF. Aim and Goal This HPTC is aimed to improve the coaching standard by learning from the internationals and spreading out practical training methods. To help the top rowers from different national/regional federations enhance their abilities and become competitive rowers throughout the world. To have better performance in 2018 Asian Games and more Asian boats can show up in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Head Coach Mr. Andrew Paul Harrison has coached international and domestic champions in Canada, Japan, and the U.S., and has coached in 4 Olympic Games and 15 years of international championships. He understands what it takes to move a shell fast, also a good leader, and has a passion for coaching winners. Training Plan and Personal Analysis Report For this HPTC, Drew scheduled detailed training plan. Every week, there will be a time trial on water and ergometer to test their performance, Following his plan, most athletes move boats faster and some even broke their best record on ergometer. Assistant coaches videoed all rowers and coach teams analyzed each rower one by one face by face and finally give them a written analysis report which point out each rower’s advantages and disadvantages. Seminars For 12 coaches from 12 NFs, ARF invited Chinese famous coaches to deliver 7 seminars on topics of DesignTraining Program and Training Methodology, Rowing experience sharing, Rigging, The organization of Rowing training,Training Plans for different boats and rowers and so on. These seminars helped coaches to learn and share coaching methods. Local Transportation, Accommodation, Food, Activities ARF provides free accommodation with three meals every day and all related equipment for all 80 participants. The training base is surrounded by mountains and clean waters full of fresh air, which is far from downtown city. The disadvantage is that local transportation is inconvenient and 3-hour-rive from the nearest Wenzhou airport. For accommodation, all participants live in dormitory with 2 or 3 beds, which is about 5-minute-walk to the pontoon. Each room has TV, indoor bathroom and toilet equipped with all living goods like towel, tissue, tooth brush& paste, closet, and each floor has 6 washing machines. Dormitory is like a hotel with easy access. For food, OC purchased meat, vegetables, fruits, soft drinks, milk&bread, snacks every early morning to the town and all the 3 meals are buffets. Each meal has about 8 dishes and maples like rice, noodles, bread, dumplings. Some dishes are Chinese styles and some are in western taste like toasted beef&mutton, french fries, sausage, fried chicken, spaghetti. For entertainment activities, OC arranged a one-day sightseeing tour to local culture and nature tourist resort. Every weekend, OC arranged a bus to nearest town for shopping. And all rooms and public areas are covered with free WIFI. Some athletes learn and try Taobao or Alibaba (like Amazon) for internet shopping, which is really convenient for mail and delivery. (only 2-3 days to receive the goods). All participants celebrated Christmas and New Year together with mixed rowing marathon, playing games and watching gala on TV. These activities make all participants like a big rowing family. Materials Each participant received 9 items as below: 1.Camp Uniform 2.Participating Certificate 3.Camp handbook (E-version as attachment) 4.Book Rowing Techniques 5.Hard copy of whole Training Plan 6.Hard copy of Time Trial Results 7.Hard copy of Analysis Report 8.Handbook for Venue Introduction 9.Gift from local government For more details, please refer to the: Handbook for 2017 ARF High Performance Training Camp Significance and Achievements This is the first time for ARF to host such a long period and high level training camp with 80 participants for 75 days. From their time trial results, analysis reports and the feedback from participants (written words and signatures for the feelings about the camp), this camp is significant that all athletes have got improved in the techniques about posture, accuracy and other aspects, in power and strength and in the stroke length. Most of the athletes performed better and better during weekly 8K time trials. A lot of our athletes have broken their best records on ergometer. All participants enjoy their stay in the camp and a lot of participants shows their willingness to participate in the ARF HPCT again and some teams maybe come back for training by themselves.
In order to promote rowing sport and enhance the professional technique of event organization, ARF hosted an Events Workshop in Singapore on 9th October. ARF invited Mr. Matt Draper, member of FISA Events Commission to lecture the workshop. 11 participants from 9 national federations joined in the workshop. Mr. Matt Draper lecturing the Events Workshop Participants of the Workshop studying in the meeting room In the morning of 9th October, the workshop was held in hotel meeting room from 9:00 to 12:30 for theory part and in the afternoon, all participants went to venue and had a site visit of the coming 2017 Asian Rowing Junior Championships and YOG Qualification Regatta. Participants taking site visit in the venue of 2017 Asian Rowing Junior Championships and YOG Qualification Regatta Mr. Matt Draper instructing during the site visit Combining theory and practice, participants learned systematic and vivid knowledge of how to prepare and organize a regional, national, continental and even an international rowing regatta. Ongoing Workshop Participants of the Workshop Grouping photo
On 6th September the 2017 ARF Ordinary Congress was held successfully at Pattaya, Thailand. 5 ARF Executive Committee Members, 8 Chairs of ARF Committees and 38 Delegates from 22 National Federations attended the Congress. Furthermore, FISA Delegates Mr. Mike Tanner and Mr. Patrick Rombaut participated in the Congress as well. ExCo. Members Chairs of Committees Delegates from NFs FISA Delegates Mr. Mike Tanner and Mr. Patrick Rombaut According to the ARF Statutes, all the items were carried out smoothly by the Congress, in which Delegates from Korea and Indonesia gave their presentation and report on future Asian rowing regattas. At the end of the Congress, Mr. Mike Tanner also delivered the updated information about World Championships Programme, 2020 Olympic Qualification System and Olympic Solidarity on behalf of FISA. KOR Delegate Giving Bid Presentation INA Delegate Reporting on 2018 Asian Games Mr. Mike Tanner Giving Speech on Behalf of FISA
From 30th to 31st March, 2017, the 2017 ARF Joint-Committee Meeting was successfully held in Beijing, China. ARF Vice President Mr. Nicholas Ee, Vice President Mr. Vahid Moradi and 38 members from 9 committees attended the meeting. FISA Executive Committee member Mr. Mike Tanner and FISA Continental Representative of Asia Mr. Liu aijie attended the meeting on behalf of FISA. The meeting started with an opening speech by Vice President Mr. Nicholas Ee. Ms. Yin Zhang, the Executive Director of ARF gave a report on behalf of the ARF Secretariat. In the presentation, she specifically emphasized that all committees should undertake actions to realize their plans. Mr. Mike Tanner gave a detailed explanation about FISA's direction after the FISA 2017 Extraordinary Congress. In the Individual Committee Meeting session, each committee had heated discussions trying to find the solutions to the existing problems and make feasible action plans for the year of 2017. During the Cross-Committee Meeting session, different committees were put together so that all committees could share their ideas and look for potential opportunity for further cooperation. This year, Costal Rowing Committee was newly established. In the Individual Committee Meeting, the members had lots of discussions on the format of the first ARF Coastal Rowing Championships, while in the Cross-Committee, they discussed with other committees about the possibility of hosting coastal rowing training camp. In the morning of 31st March, each committee gave a presentation about their expectations, goals and action plans. With the closure speech by Mr. Vahid Moradi and Mr. Nicholas Ee, it was announced that the 2017 ARF Joint-Committee Meeting came into an end. It is believed that the fruitful outcomes of the meeting will make great contribution to the future development of Asian Rowing.