From 15th to 17th December, 2017, the 2017 Asian Rowing Coastal Championships was successfully held at Shenzhen, China. Totally 73 athletes from 10 National Federations participated in this first Asian Rowing Coastal Championships ever held in history. Overview of Venue 10 NFs Participating After 3 racing days, the team of THA stood out from the fierce competitions and won 4 gold medals out of total 6, while CHN won the other 2. Opening Ceremony. Exciting Race As was the first time Coastal Championships held in Asia, participants were all excited by the Beach Rowing Sprint format and speeding great time racing and having fun on the beautiful beach of Dameisha, Shenzhen, China. Rower Rushing to Finish Rowing Back to Shore Legend happened when the Men's Double Sculls crew from THA broke one of their oars in the middle of their Heats, still they made it to the finish and defeat their opponent. It was touching to see the two rowers hugging with each other while their teammates and rowers from other teams cheering for them. Rowers Hugging with Each Other Attention. Go! Due to the strong wind, low temperature and sheer shore, this first-in-history Championships met many challenges. However, as all the participants were very cooperative, the OC finally managed to overcome all the difficulties, which presents not just the spirit of competition, but also the spirit of gentleness and consideration for the others. There is no doubt that with these great spirits, the coastal rowing will take off soon around Asia!
In order to promote rowing sport and enhance the professional technique of event organization, ARF hosted an Events Workshop in Singapore on 9th October. For the development of Junior Rowing in Asia, from 27th September to 7th October, 2017 ARF Junior Rowing Training Camp was held in Singapore before the 2017 Asian Rowing Junior Championships and YOG Qualification Regatta. Head coach Mr. Axel Mueller giving lecture The 2017 ARF Junior Training Camp was combined with Olympics Solidarity and FISA Youth Training Camp. 5 experienced coaches were invited from FISA to lecture the training camp, Axel Mueller (Head Coach), Sevara Ganiyeva, Kenny Chan, Shahid Nazir and Mehdi Garidi. There were totally 34 participants from 11 NFs financially supported by ARF taking part in the training camp. Youth athletes participating the training camp On-water training After first days of intensive rigging sessions, boats were ready for the daily training under the guidance of the FISA Coaches who distributed the athletes in different groups, based on their technical level. The training program included an initial theoretical technique session followed by technical sessions on the water and video analysis. Progressively higher strokes rates and distance pieces were introduced as preparation for the upcoming competition. Mr. Axel Mueller coaching the skills on ergometers Coaches instructing on the technical skills There was also an OVEP(Olympic Value Education Programme ) Session conducted by the three FISA coaches Sevara Ganyieva, Mehdi Garidi and Kenny Chang, to transmit the Olympic Values to the young athletes as part of the IOC educational program. OVEP(Olympic Value Education Programme ) Session Participants having a great experience in the OVEP Session Few rowers were beginners and most of them already had good experiences and will compete for the following Championships. All the participants enjoyed the training camp with the guide of coaches and made progress in strength, skills and experience about rowing. At the same time, they made new friends, learned sportsmanship and gained fun during OVEP. Enjoyable training session Athletes enjoying the session It is believed that juniors are the future for the development of rowing sports and hope ARF training camp will encourage more juniors to participate in rowing and help improve their competitive performance. With the joint effort, this amazing training camp will bring more happiness to junior rowing athletes throughout Asia. Special thanks are given to OC, Singapore Rowing Association for organizing and supporting the training camp with full heart. Group photo of all the participants Get ready for the On-water training Technical training on ergos On-water training in the course Ergo training in the the OVEP Session
From 4th to 8th September, 2017, the 2017 Asian Rowing Championships was successfully held at Pattaya, Thailand. As 325 athletes and 82 officials from 22 National Federations participated in this year Asian Rowing Championships, the total number of 407 participants is the highest number in Asian rowing history. Beautiful View in the Venue Para-rowing Athletes in 2017 ARC During the 4-day Championships, athletes from all over Asia competed in 22 events.After the final race, China won 6 gold medals, Iran won 5, Indonesia, Korea and Thailand won 2 respectively, while Hong Kong China, Japan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam won 1. On-water Training Umpire on Catamaran With the nice arrangement of the OC, all the participants were invited to experience a most impressive Opening Ceremony before the races starting. On the Opening Ceremony, artists from Thailand gave wonderful performances and the all the attendees were welcomed in a cordial, friendly and warm atmosphere. Amazing Opening Ceremony Cheering Spectators on Grandstand All the participants enjoyed the beautiful scenery in Pattaya and the considerate services from the OC. It is believed in the future we will definitely see more great rowing regattas held in amazing city of Pattaya, Thailand! Victory Ceremony after Racing
From 31th August to 2nd September, 2017, the 2017 ARF Para-rowing Classification Workshop was held successfully in Pattaya, Thailand. There were 17 candidates from 5 nations participating in the Workshop. Lecture of the workshop Two experienced lecturers, Ms. Shirley Stokes and Ms. Tarina van der Stockt from FISA were invited to conduct the workshop. Demonstration how to do the classification of the workshop In the three day workshop, first day was lecture and demonstration of classification process; the second day was practical day for the trainees, as one medical and one technical trainee forming a pair to act as a formal diagnose to get more experiences; the third day was on-water observation, to learn about more of the observation to how assess the athletes’ condition under the real rowing situation. Practice of the classification After the three-day workshop, the participants learnt a lot about the knowledge of rower classify and will bring their experiences to their own National Federations to help the development of the para-rowing. This is a seed for para-rowing growing around Asia. Water Observation Group Photo with the para-rowing athletes