From 13th to 23rd June of 2018, for the development of Para-rowing in Asia, 2018 ARF Para-rowing Training Camp was held in Chungju city, Korea. In this camp, 13 para-rowing athletes and coaches participated. Besides the daily training on water and ergo, competitions on water and ergo were also held in order to prepare for the para rowing events in 2018 Asian Cup II. 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 June 2018. All the para rowers enjoyed the training camp under the supervision of the head coach Madame Lee Jaenam and learnt a lot about rowing skills. After the training camp, they also participated in the 2018 Asian Cup II for the para events. It is believed that even though Asian para-rowing is still in the early stage of development, with the joint effort of ARF and all the participants in ARF Para-Rowing Training Camp, this amazing event will bring more happiness to para-rowing athletes throughout Asia.
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