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.
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!
From 18th to 22nd October, 2017 President Wang Shi was invited to two world famous universities, the University of Michigan and the Harvard University successively and give speeches at both of the universities. At the call of President Wang Shi, both universities set up their Chinese Rowing Teams. President giving speech to the University of Michigan students President exchanged the silk banner with the newly established the University of Michigan Chinese Rowing Team President trained and took friendship races with crews from local rowing club President giving speech at the Harvard University President sent the ARF silk banner to the Harvard University Grouping photo with the Harvard University students From 21st to 22nd October, President also attended and competed in the 53rd Head Of The Charles Regatta. He took part in the Eight and the Quadruple Sculls and successfully finished both of the races. President with the Quadruple Sculls crew President carrying the boat President cheering with the crew With two more world famous universities set up their Chinese rowing teams, President now has a plan to learn the experience from The Boat Race and organize a regatta among the Chinese rowing teams of four universities, including the Oxford, the Cambridge, the Michigan and the Harvard, firstly in 2018. This will definitely make great contribution to the promotion of the rowing sport in the future.
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