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1 ROWING HANDBOOK 2012/2013

2 CONTENTS Regatta Program 2012 – Message from the Rowing Master in Charge 5 Message from Chairperson of Parent Support Group Committee 6 The Rowing Club Structure 7 Rowers Code of Conduct 10 History of Rowing at SAC 11 General Information – Rowing Season 14 – Training 15 – Crew selection 15 – Equipment 16 – Rowing Terminology 18 – Rowing Club Costs 19 – Regattas Items to bring to regattas 20 The Regattas 21 Rowers dress 26 1 st 8 Privileges & Traditions 27 PAGE 2

3 CONTENTS Contd Understanding the Regatta Program 28 The Sport of Rowing 29 Rowing Websites 31 Information for the Boys 32 Rowing and Academics 35 Anti -Doping Policy 37 Information for the Parents 38 Appendices – Appendix I SAC Rowing Club Parents Support Group Terms of Reference 39 PAGE 3

4 REGATTA PROGRAM 2012/2013 August Camp 28 Aug -3 Sept 2012 Settlers Dam, Grahamstown - Open Squad, U16 Squad ELBA Heads Regatta 8 September 2012 Buffalo River, East London - All age groups Interhouse Rowing Regatta 9 September 2012 Settlers Dam, Grahamstown SA Indoor Rowing Championships 6 October 2012 East London - All age groups – selected rowers ZRC / Grey Regatta 13 October 2012 Zwartkops,PE - All age groups Knysna Halfway Regatta October 2012 Belverdere, Knysna - Opens, U16s, U15s Eastern Cape Championships 27 October 2012 Buffalo River, East London - All age groups Pre Schools Boatrace Camp 29 November to 5 December 2012 Venue TBC - 1 st 8 SA Schools Boatrace 7-8 December 2012 Kowie River, Port Alfred - 1 st 8 January Camp January 2013( 1 st 8 : 9-15 January 2013) Settlers Dam, Grahamstown - All age groups Eastern Cape Indoor Rowing Championships 19 January 2013 SAC Rowing Centre, Grahamstown - All age groups EC Sprints Regatta 26 January 2013 Venue TBC- All Age Groups Grey U14 Regatta 2 February 2013 Zwartkops River, Port Elizabeth - U14s River Vaal Regatta (2-3 February 2013) Vaal River, Gauteng - 1 st 8 (Optional -to be confirmed) Selborne Sprint Regatta & Buffalo Regatta February 2013 Buffalo River, East London - All age groups except U14s SA Schools Championships 1-3 March 2013 Roodeplaat Dam, Pretoria - All age groups 4 4

5 MESSAGES From the Rowing Master in Charge Gold for South Africa! What an unbelievable performance by the RSA Lightweight Four. Congratulations to our Old Andrean rower James Thompson who is now an Olympic Champion! Congratulations too, to coaches Paul Jackson and Roger Barrow, also Old Andreans, for steering the crew in the right direction. This should be an inspiration for our rowers going forward! The 2012/2013 season awaits us all! We have so much to look forward to! Club numbers are up, and continue to rise, as more and more boys are taking to the sport of rowing. And why not? We now have one of the best rowing centres in the country, some of the best rowing water close to home and excellent rowing equipment waiting patiently in the boathouse in anticipation for the season ahead. All we need now is firm commitment and dedication from the boys and we are bound to have a fantastic year. Last season was a good building block. The boys all did plenty of rowing and developed well. Perhaps it will now pay dividends. And to the new rowers, welcome and congratulations for making one of the best decisions you will make in your years at St Andrews College. There is so much to learn, and benefit from the sport. Rowing is not a game, it is a discipline. Those that commit to the sport are not players, but athletes. This is what you will no doubt become but it will be hard work and trying at times. Always remember that the sport is not about you, but rather, the crew! We hope you enjoy the season and all the thrills and spills that go hand in hand with our phenomenal sport. See you at the waters edge! Donovan Cech 5 James Thompson (far right) and his winning crew

6 MESSAGES From the Chairperson of the Parent Support Group Committee Welcome to the St Andrews College Rowing Club 2012/13 season, and especially to our new parents and oarsmen. The Club has a proud history spanning over 55 years with an impressive national and international record. It provides a superb opportunity for our boys to participate in a sport that encourages physical fitness, teamwork and organised competition at the highest level. Rowing is a unique sport in several ways. While teamwork plays an important role in many sports, it is absolutely critical in rowing. A boats success, is dependent on all rowers putting in 100% effort, in perfect coordination. Rowing is as much mental as it is physical and success requires total concentration. Our rowers practice and compete off campus. Practice schedules can be severe and time consuming. With such a rigorous practice schedule and off campus competition programme, our boys learn to balance both academic and athletic goals. The lessons of time management, concentration, endurance, dedication and camaraderie are lifelong and invaluable. Regattas are all day, outdoor enjoyable affairs with many races in several categories. This is not something where your rower turns up a few minutes before your event and goes home immediately afterwards. Because of the considerable equipment involved, it takes all rowers to unload and rig the boats, and then de-rig and load. All rowers should arrive and stay for all races. This is what will build a unified club, which will become a successful club. Parents should encourage participation in this regard. This handbook contains information to help rowers and their families understand this exciting sport and the policies and procedures that govern the day-to-day activities of the rowing at St Andrews College. I encourage rowers and their families to read and understand this handbook so that they can be prepared for a successful season and rowing experience. The primary role of the Parents Support Group remains fund raising for equipment and other needs of the club, when requested by the Rowing Master in Charge. The Rowing Club is continuously grateful to all parents for their numerous ways of contributing to the Rowing Club, which makes it thrive. Our club is well equipped and this is the result of fund raising by past generations of parents, supporters and old boys adding to funds provided by the school. Without parents, the Club would be short of many volunteers for all aspects of the Club. There are many areas in which parents can contribute to the Club, as well as contribute to the success of their child. Your involvement is encouraged whenever requested. To the Boys The cherries are lining up on the slot machine, state of the art new boats and equipment, new Ergo Room, refurbished Clubhouse, full dam, club numbers up, the list goes on, but unfortunately winning in rowing and being successful, is not as easy as winning on a slot machine, you have to make it happen. Have pride in how hard you and your team-mates work. Develop intensity - it can be contagious; Push yourself. Only you can make yourself work harder. The coaches can guide and help you, but ultimately you control the level of your intensity; Make every stroke a quality one, regardless of whether it is during a time trial or rowing in to the jetty, but most of all make sure you enjoy what you are doing, and when you win it becomes even more enjoyable. Once again, the Rowing Club is very appreciative of all that a parent can do to contribute to the success of rowers and the Rowing Club. All the best for a fun, exciting and rewarding season ahead. John Bennett 6 6

7 CLUB STRUCTURE All parents, rowing staff and rowers are members of the rowing club : the parents provide support in terms of fundraising, help at regattas etc. See SAC Rowing Club Parents Support Group Terms of Reference : Appendix I SAC Rowing Staff : Rowing MIC : Donovan Cech Rowing Staff : Harold Hobson Simon Kroon Mickey Paterson Director of Sport : Pete Andrew Coaches : 1 st VIII coach : Donovan Cech nd VIII coach Harold Hobson U16 coaches : Graham Allin U15 coach Courtney De Barros U14 coach Julia Lindop

8 CLUB STRUCTURE School Office Bearers Captain : Michael Bennett Vice captain : Chris Brown Boatman : Fraser Muskett Secretary : Matthew Kroon Election of the School Office Holders Elections for the new Office Bearers are done within 30 days after SA Champs. All boys who have rowed for at least one full season are entitled to vote once per office title. No boy may hold more than one title in any given season cycle. Captain and Vice- Captain Job Description The Captain and Vice- Captain should do their best to ensure the following: 1.That all rowers uphold the Rowers Code of Conduct. 2.That transgressors of this Code are reported to the Rowing MIC or a SAC Rowing Staff Member. 3.That all rowers understand and respect that the Coaches requests and instructions overrule any crew instructions or intentions. 4.That along with the Boatman, they should be the first to arrive and last to leave regattas, ensuring that the rowers have completed all their necessary tasks. 5.That they consider any request from a rower for permission to leave a regatta with balance, considering the rowers obligations to both the club and their personal commitments. 6.That they attend all prize givings after regattas. 7.That all boys receiving awards are present at regatta prize givings. 8.Assist any rower in understanding any duty or commitment that the rower may be unsure about. 9.Follow up on any rower who is absent from any duty, be it training, boat loading, and report the reason for absence to the Director of Rowing. 8

9 CLUB STRUCTURE SAC Rowing Club Parent Support Group Committee 2012/2013: Chairperson : John Bennett (Open, Gauteng ) Vice Chairperson : Oscar Brown (Open, Eastern Cape) Committee Members : Dale Cunningham (U15, Eastern Cape) Mark Moses (Open, Gauteng) Nigel Brunette (U16, Eastern Cape) Sally Price-Smith (U16, Eastern Cape) Ian Hunter (u15, Western Cape) Lindsay Hunting (U16, Western Cape)

10 ROWERS CODE OF CONDUCT As a member of the St Andrews College Rowing Club I shall, at all times, endeavour to: Uphold the name of St Andrews College. Commit to my crew for a full season ie October to March so as to not let my team down half way through a season. Set the benchmark for sportsmanship, both on and off the water. Follow instructions given by coaches, captains and rowers my senior, to the best of my ability. Show consideration and respect to opponents, team mates, umpires and spectators. Show consideration and respect to fellow club members especially those my senior. Remember that I am rowing as part of a team and put the interests of my fellow rowers and my school before self-glorification. Be loyal to the team and not let my team mates down by being absent from practices and regattas without a legitimate excuse. Be punctual for practices and regattas. Ensure that I do not litter at any rowing venue, particularly Settlers Dam, which is a Nature Reserve. Not leave a regatta venue without having permission from the Captain or Vice Captain to do so, whether during or after a regatta. If they are not available I will ask my coach or the Rowing MIC for permission to leave. Excuse myself in person, from my coach or the Rowing MIC, as soon / early as possible, when I am ill or injured. Asking crew mates to pass in information for you is not acceptable. Dress correctly for regattas or for travel thereto. ( see ROWERS DRESS) Thank all officials, coaches, teachers and parents after regattas, coaching sessions and tours. Treat all rowing equipment in my use with the utmost care and respect. Clean and pack away ( in the correct place) any equipment my crew or I may have used. Report any damage to my coach or the Rowing MIC, that my crew or I may do to any equipment or object whilst on the water, or in taking the equipment to or from the water, whether it belongs to SAC Rowing Club or not. Not be in the possession of any rowing equipment outside of the rowing venues eg. in my boarding house cubicle, unless given permission by my coach or The Rowing MIC. Consider the safety of my crew, other crews or other people when on the water or anywhere within a regatta venue. Not allow any non SAC Rowing club member access into the Ergo Centre without first obtaining permission from a Rowing Staff member. Use the Ergo Centre and other Rowing Club facilities with respect and pride and contribute towards maintaining these facilities in the best condition possible. SIGNED: DATE: 10

11 HISTORY OF SAC ROWING Extracts from : M The Boy in You: a biography of St Andrews College, Simons Town: Fernwood Press. Pg Fifty years after the establishment of the St Andrews Rowing Club the school has a reputation as one of the finest rowing schools in the country. But there have been some moments of keen alarm and despair: moments when the existence of the club has hung in the balance and Council has held a sword over it. In both 1966 and 1977 Council felt it had no option but to declare the club closed. The miracle of its rescue and subsequent rise to fame was encapsulated in the moment when the College crew took to the water at the Henley Royal Regatta in England in In the past no South African schools crew has finished higher than the top sixteen at Henley, so finishing in the top four was a sterling achievement for the St Andrews crew. It was not only a moment of triumph for John Gearing, the Springbok rower and gifted coach of the St Andrews squad, it was a moment to salute the perseverance and bulldog-tenacity of Axel Ohlsson, who, despite the appalling odds in the early days, had ensured that rowing at St Andrews would not die. Tribute must also be paid to Martin Kennard, whose dedicated and skilled contribution elevated the standard of rowing to new levels, from which the success at Henley was made possible. The first competition in which a College rowing team participated was the Annual Buffalo Regatta in Through the generosity of the Buffalo Rowing Club the College IV was lent a boat and blades for the occasion. They were not very successful, commented the apologetic headmaster. Nothing daunted, a second IV took to the water in 1959 and, within a year, the rowers had taken part in four regattas and won the School Coxed IVs in Bloemfontein. The first equipment was White Rigger, an old boat borrowed from Rhodes until St Andrews was able to buy its own Chumph, in Training camps at the Kowie became an annual pattern and, in 1964, 18 boys attended a four-day training session. Subsequently, the First VIII came first in the Border Junior VIIIs – a great fillip to their confidence. During their university vacations two former College rowing captains, David Wylde (1962) and Hugh Duncan Brown (1962), gave great assistance to captain Hugh Crail (1965) in preparing the team for competition, especially for the Buffalo Regatta – an event at which parents with homes at the Kowie or Kariega or in East London, provide hungry rowers with lunches, dinners and offers of warm beds. Today, it is evident that a successful rowing coach has time for very little else but training his crews, servicing his boats and organizing events. Hours, days and weeks are spent away from the school and it is a particularly taxing sport for a housemaster. In 1973 Axel handed over the Rowing Club to Chris Megaphone Morton (1964), a memorable senior student officer and an inspirational coach, and College crews took part in the Wemmer Pan Sprint Regatta and the Junior Tridents Provincial Eights at the South African Games. Nevertheless, Axel continued to take a very active interest. The club had begun with a single crew of five and, by the time he retired, it had grown to 35, with a shadow membership of many more and a brand new boat from Australia. 11

12 HISTORY OF SAC ROWING In 1966 the rowing club had been rescued by a few determined Johannesburg parents. In 1977 the Council again voted for the closure of the club. This would have been tragic in view of the enormous successes during Mortons era, including the gathering of six major trophies in1975, in the year Stuart Rennie, the St Andrews cox, was voted the best at the South African Rowing Championships and College became the first junior crew in South Africa to break the 5-minute barrier for the metres with a time of 4 minutes 53.3 seconds. But with expenses mounting it seemed there was no choice, despite the success of both the First VIII and the U15 squad, both of which made it into the finals of the South African Rowing Championships in When Council concluded in 1977 that the club would have to be closed, it did not count on the passion of Old Andreans Rodney Still and Peter Searle, nor did it anticipate their generosity and commitment to keeping the boat afloat. Two minibuses were provided to help transport the boats, funds were forthcoming, and John Penberthy, that splendid swimmer, Springbok diver and all-round sportsman, took over the coaching for a short while. In his year as coach, five of the school rowers were selected for Border schools and the U15 VIII were unbeaten and won the national championships in Pretoria in On the departure of John Penberthy in 1979, Axel Ohlsson once again took over as master-in-charge of rowing. Although his interest and commitment did not flag and he remained the guiding spirit, his enforced absences from Grahamstown on liaison work interfered with the cohesion of the club. His sudden death in 1986 left the Rowing Club rudderless. Dusty Kenyon kept it functioning during the Trinity Term of 1986 until Martin Kennard, who had successfully stroked for Oxford ( ) and for Britain (1967), arrived at College and took the sport into realms of achievement which have been in the ascendant ever since. Kennards arrival gave a depth to rowing coaching which established St Andrews as a major force in the sport in South Africa. Within a year he had introduced inter-house sculling and, by 1989, there was a third Rowing VIII for the first time in the history of the club. The club went from strength to strength. Mark Bilbe and Barry Worthington were the champion rowing pair in South Africa in 1992 and the first College boys since the inception of the competition to win this title. In the same year Bilbe and Halvar Mathiesen represented South Africa as members of the Junior squad which competed in Norway. At the end of 1992 Kennards son, James went from College for a sixth-form year at Radley in England. He captained the Radley first VIII and was selected as a member of the British VIII to compete in Switzerland. The crew won two golds. It was the start of a wonderful career in the sport for James Kennard and it was a devastating blow both for his family and for St Andrews when he was killed on his way to a regatta in Martin Kennards last year at College, 1994, was a vintage season for rowing. Grant Lapping and Richard Steel-Gray, son of Bruce (1966), a future chairman of Council, were selected to row as juniors for South Africa in Belgium and Norway and were rated among the top 18 pairs in the West. That year the Senior VIII won the Selborne Regatta for the first time since its inception in In the years between Kennards departure and John Gearings arrival Brendan Doolan and Mike Fennell took charge of rowing, with the help of various coaches. In 1995 St Andrews First VIII, which had had a successful tour to Poland, won the South African Championships for the first time in 20 years and was invited to Henley. The oarsmen were all awarded Honours for their achievement. In 1998 the First IV won at the South African championships but the First VIII came third, thus ending a three-year domination of the sport at school level. Just as gentle Chris Rheeder had inspired a generation of rugby players in the 1920s, modest, self-effacing John Gearing has had a profound influence at St Andrews during the years that he coached rowing. As with Rheeder, his men would follow wherever he led. Never a raised voice, never a domineering word. His integrity was inspirational and his skill had earned him his Springbok colours as an oarsman. It is no wonder that Radley, that distinguished English public school with a strong rowing tradition, should have offered him the post of senior coach in 2007, but it was a huge loss for College. Rowing became the prince of sports at College. 12

13 HISTORY OF SAC ROWING In 2001 St Andrews First VIII won the inaugural South African Schools Boat Race. In the next year five boys competed in the Junior World Championships in Lithuania, while the First IV gathered the laurels at the South African Junior Championships. In 2003 the senior crew went to the world championships in Greece, where they won bronze. When the oarsmen were all presented with their Honours awards at school, the whole of College spontaneously stood in homage. Six of the rowers were selected in 2004 to row for South Africa at the World Rowing Championships in Spain. They came fourth. Back home, they won the South African Schools Boat Race for the third time and the IV came first in the South African Championships. In the Jubilee year the VIII was triumphant in the South African Schools Boat Race and retained their South African Junior title. At Henley they competed against Abingdon and lost – but not without honour. The bunting and the tradition, the elegant state-of-the art boats, the pedigree of the clubs, the oarsmen and the sleek skimming craft: this was a far cry form old Chumph wading up the river at Kariega with Axel roaring from the bank and Eric Tasmer cooking up eggs and bacon in Geoff Palmers cottage for the ravenous crews when they came back from a hot, salty, sunburned row up the river. How Axel would have rejoiced, remembering his own days in boats at Cambridge. 11 Axel Ohlsson with his 1974 crew

14 THE ROWING SEASON Rowing, a major summer sport at SAC, takes place during the third term and the first half of the first term. The first Regatta will be the Buffalo Heads Regatta in East London, which will be followed by the Knysna Regatta and Eastern Cape Championships which will end off the calendar year for most club members, except for the 1 st Eight who train on for the SA Schools Boat Race. The SA Schools Boat Race (a 6km heads race) is held on the Kowie River in Port Alfred, normally over the second weekend of the December holidays. This is a national event for 1 st VIII crews. The second half of the season starts with Rowing Camp for the whole club at Settlers Dam, normally held in the last week of the Christmas holidays (early to mid January. This year the EC Sprints Regatta is first up, followed by the Selborne Sprints and Buffalo Regatta in East London in February and finally the SA Champs in Gauteng, in early March. The SAC 1 st VIII may participate in River Vaal Regatta (RVR) in Gauteng prior to the Buffalo Regatta SAC rowers may attend the SA Senior Champs as well, normally end April, after which they may continue to SA Junior National Selection trials and if good enough may be chosen to represent SA at the Junior World Championships 14

15 TRAINING Training takes place either: 1.On the school premises (SAC Rowing Centre ) 2.At Settlers Dam in the Thomas Baines Nature Reserve, and 3.At Port Alfred on the Kowie River. U14 and U15 boys are taught to scull (2 blades per rower) and may row singles, doubles, quads and octuples. U16 and open boys may continue to scull,but in addition they are taught to row with one blade (sweep oar rowing), stroke side (right) or bow (left). Training times are set by the age group coach, in collaboration with the Director, a week in advance and boys may not miss training except for medical reasons. The coach must be informed as far in advance of the training session as possible, in order for him /her to be able to organize a substitute rower for the boat. CREW SELECTION Crews will be selected to compete in regattas by the Age Group Coaches in collaboration with the MIC of Rowing. There are a number of factors taken into account in selecting a crew: 1.Ergo Trial Times – show raw strength, endurance, determination and power to weight ratio. 2.Rowing Technical Ability 3.Seat Boat Racing Ability – boys may race a series of races in different combinations. 4.Personality – team harmony is important, but all boys should be encouraged to work together towards common goals. 5.Commitment and Training Ethos 15

16 EQUIPMENT 16 ST ANDREWS COLLEGE ROWING CLUB INVENTORY LISTINGJun-12 ITEM BOATBOAT NAMEBOAT MAKEMODELCOMMENTS 18+PERSEUSFILIPPIF091ST 8 BOAT 28+MORRIGANFILIPPI2ND 8 BOAT (U16A RACING BOAT IF NO EVENT CLASH) 38+PARKINJOHN WAUGHU16 BOAT 48+PEGASUSJOHN WAUGH1 PIECEANY CREW 58XISISJOHN WAUGHU14 / U / 4XOPTIMUSFILIPPIF34RACING BOAT ONLY (EXCEPT 1ST 4+ TRAINING) 74+ATHENAJOHN WAUGH1ST / 2ND / U16A TRAKAIJOHN WAUGH2ND / 3RD / U16A / U16B /4XPOSEIDONJOHN WAUGHU15 A / U15B 4X 104XQUO VADISJOHN WAUGHU15B / U14A 4X 114X / 4+AFRICUSJOHN WAUGHU14 A/U14B 4X 122- / 2XAROFILLIPPI2ND / 3RD / U16A /U15A 2- (X) 132-SPIRIT OF DAVE TRIPFILLIPPI1ST 2- / (U16A 2- at BUFF and SA Champs Race only) 142-/2XGOWRIEJOHN WAUGHU16 A /U16B /U15A / U15B / U14A / U14B 2- (X) 152-/2XVASCOJOHN WAUGHU16 A /U16B /U15A / U15B / U14A / U14B 2- (X) 162-/2XMAVERICKJOHN WAUGHU14 - TRAINING BOAT 171XSMILEYJOHN WAUGH1ST/ 2ND/ U16A/ U15A (U14A at SA Champs only) 181XYELLOWJOHN WAUGH 1ST / 2ND/ 3RD / 4TH/ U16 A /U16B /U15A / U15B / U14A / U14B 191XSPIRIT OF MACKAYJOHN WAUGH 1ST / 2ND/ 3RD / 4TH/ U16 A /U16B /U15A / U15B / U14A / U14B 201XPRAYING MENTISJOHN WAUGH 1ST / 2ND/ 3RD / 4TH/ U16 A /U16B /U15A / U15B / U14A / U14B

17 EQUIPMENT USE BOAT USE Crews are assigned boats as per the equipment listing on page 15 Deviation from this listing must be approved by the SAC Rowing MIC prior to use and approval is made at the MICs sole discretion, bearing the following in mind: 1.The approved use does not negatively influence the performance of any other crew that qualifies to row in that particular boat as per the listing. 2.The new crew rowing the boat has the necessary technical ability to perform in it. 3.The new crew rowing the boat has the necessary skills so as to not damage the boat whilst getting on and off, as well as whilst on the water itself. Boys are responsible for the equipment they use. Damage must be reported to the MIC / coach immediately, so that repairs can be arranged. Boys have to keep their boats clean ; it is the crews responsibility to make sure that boats are washed and packed, securely tied on trailers or racks when stored outdoors. The coach will check that this has been done adequately. At regattas it is the school office bearers responsibility (Capt, V-Capt & Boatman), supported by the 1 st VIII, to make sure that the crews have packed, loaded their equipment and that all are secured on trailers etc. Crews pack their own boats : each crew reports for boat loading and unloading before and after all regattas and camps in accordance with the boat loading schedules. The most important loading event of all is the unloading and cleaning of boats after the SA Championships. ALL rowers and coxes must be prepared to spend a full afternoon in the week after the SA Champs to fulfil this task. It would usually be the Wednesday afternoon or Sunday afternoon following the regatta. Boys must notify the MIC, in person, by Tuesday 2pm latest, in that week, if they cannot attend the unloading. 17

18 ROWING TERMINOLOGY Blade / spoon – the part of an oar which propels the boat. Bow – Front of the boat with a bowball on its tip for safety. Bowman – The rower in the bow of the boat. When the boat is coxless (ie. no coxwain) the bowman issues the commands and steers the boat. Bowside – Right side looking from stern to bow (green colour on oars) Catch – The beginning of the stroke where the blade is inserted into the water Coxwain – The person who steers the boat. He either sits in the stern in an eight or lies in the bow in a four. Double – A sculling boat with 2 rowers. Drive – the phase of the rowing stroke which propels the boat. Eight – A sweep oar boat with 8 rowers. Feathering – When the blade is turned horizontally during the recovery. Finish – When the oar is taken out of the water. Footboard – The device you strap your feet into. Four – A Sweep oar boat with 4 rowers. Gunwale / Gunnel – The top edge of the side of a boat. Gate – The device that holds the oar and allows it to pivot around the rigger pin. Pair – A sweep oar boat for 2 rowers. Pin – The steel bar attached to a rigger which holds the gate in place. Port / Stroke Side – Left side looking from stern to bow ( red colour on oars) Quad – A sculling boat for 4 rowers. Recovery – The slide forward from the finish to the catch of a stroke. Rigger – An aluminium / carbon extension attached to the boat which holds the pin and gate. Sculling boat – A boat which has rowers with 2 oars each. Shell – The boat body. Single – A sculling boat for 1 person Slide – The seat that the rower sits on in the boat. Squaring up – When the blade is turned from feathered (horizontal) to vertical. Stern – The rear of the boat. Stroke – The rower who is at the back of the boat ( but in front of the rest of the crew.) He sets the crews pace. Sweep - A boat in which each rower has one oar. 18

19 ROWING CLUB COSTS The following expenses are covered by school fees: Coaches wages and salaries Equipment Transport of boys and equipment to local training venues and regattas. Motor boat petrol Repairs and Maintenance of equipment. ROWSA Club Affiliation General Expenses The following expenses are covered by parents: These will typically get charged to your school account. Rowing kit (R 150/ tri-suit) Accommodation and flights (where applicable) for rowers and coaches at all regattas. Regatta fees ROWSA Rower membership (R120) and Settlers Dam Boat Club Membership (R60). Camp meals /food (there may be meals debited to your account in term, to offset such expenses.) One should estimate these expenses to total between R and R per annum all in, depending on which crew / age group you son is in. Revenue generated out of SAC Rowing Club activities One of the most important functions of the Parents Support Group is to raise funds for the rowing club : the current annual target is R Funds are raised in many ways, e.g. golf days/ dinners / auctions / shows / sales of goods / donations / requested voluntary annual fees – currently R1000 per rower. All revenue realized from fund raising activities is to be paid into the SACRC account for the benefit of the club and its activities. The committee shall have the discretion to do the following: 1.Offer financial support to any SACRC rower representing a provincial or national team. If the financial assistance is not used by the rower for the intended purpose, it must be refunded to SACRC by the parent receiving the financial assistance. 2.Use the revenue received for the running of the SACRC activities and / or for equipment purchases. 3.No-one may benefit financially from the SACRC activities without the approval of the committee. Any expenses incurred in raising the revenue must be paid by SACRC. 18

20 REGATTAS Items to bring to Regattas (Parents) Binoculars Camera Sunscreen Sunglasses Deck chair Gazebo or beach umbrella. We have a few gazebos, some exclusively for the boys at regattas and 2 for parents at SA Champs. These 2 are stored by Greg and Judy Hunter who erect them on the SACRC allocated :spot for SA Champs. They are usually supplemented with other gazebos to provide maximum shade as it can be very hot Hat Wet weather gear when rain looms. Supporters shirts, hats will be available for sale at regattas from Sally Price- Smith. Regatta Draw and Program We will endeavour to forward all parents the regatta program. However the Draw may change on the last day or overnight before the regatta starts, so it is always good to download it from as late as possible to ensure there have been no changes to starting times. Cooler boxes with refreshments of your choice are allowed at all regattas except the Selborne and Buffalo Regattas.(a cash bar, tuck shop and take away meals are available) 20

21 REGATTAS Regattas normally on the Buffalo River in East London : 1.Buffalo Heads Regatta – (Mayors Plate) Hosted by Selborne and Clarendon, this is a one day regatta that normally falls on the last Saturday of October, but will, this year, be our first. The entire club departs and returns on the same day. Crews race a number of long distance heads races with the Mayors Plate being the premier event in Fours. 2. Eastern Cape Championships 3. Buffalo and Selborne Sprints Regatta The Buffalo Regatta began in 1881 and has been held every year since then except for some interruptions during the war years. Two large silver trophies, valued at R1m and R1.5m respectively, are competed for : the Silver Sculls (Mens sculls) and the Grand Challenge (Mens coxless fours). The Grand Challenge Trophy stands 1.2 m tall. Selborne Sprints are raced over 500m, the Buffalo regatta over the normal 2000m. The course is run downstream and is affected by tides, currents and wind. Parents Function : There is normally a parents' dinner on the Friday evening of the Buffalo Regatta : this is just a social event and a good time to meet new parents and catch up on SACRC activities. In the past this function has been held at the Blue Lagoon Hotel or the Old Selbornians Club : details will be ed to parents from the chairman closer to the time. 21

22 REGATTAS ZRC / Grey Regatta Directions From Port Elizabeth Follow the signs to Grahamstown until you get the offramp to Swartkops. Turn left at the first stop on the bridge and *** right at the first traffic light. Take a left turn at the very next traffic light into the road to Perseverence. You will pass a Salt Works on your left. You will come to a right turn to Redhouse. Drive into Redhouse, the road will turn to the right and then left over the railway track. Go left and follow the road keeping right until the road turns right onto the river front. From Grahamstown Take the Swartkops offramp. This is the first turnoff once you have crossed the Swartkops River. Turn right at the Stop and then follow instructions *** Knysna Regatta This has now become a two day regatta, normally either the second last or last weekend of October. It is held on the western side of the lagoon in Belvedere Village. Normally only the 1 st Eight and Under 16 Eight participate. The crews race sprints over meters on the Saturday and the 1 st Eight races a heads race early on the Sunday morning. The team departs on the Friday morning and returns on the Sunday evening. From George (N2) Turn left at the Belvedere sign, (last turn off before the bridge over the Knysna river. ***Turn right immediately under the bridge. Turn left into Belvedere and follow sign to Belvedere Manor. The venue is below the Hotel on the lawns in front of the lagoon. From Port Elizabeth Drive through Knysna, along the lagoon. Drive over the Knysna River bridge and turn right immediately. Follow instructions above *** Parents usually have a get together on the Saturday night prior to the Sunday Heads Race. 22

23 REGATTAS SA Schools Boatrace Hosted by SAC, this event is held in Port Alfred on the Kowie River on the Friday and Saturday of the second weekend in December. This is an event for 1 st Eights only (1 st Quads for girls). Modeled on the Oxford / Cambridge boat race, crews race a heads race over 6km (4km for Girls). Crews then race finals on the Sunday in a one on one format based on times attained, from the day before. (1 st vs 2 nd in the A Final, 3 rd vs 4 th in the B Final) January Rowing Camp This camp is normally held on Settlers Dam the week prior to the start of school in January and involves the entire club as well as new boys who would like to attend, regardless of whether they are going to do rowing as a summer sport or not. The 2013 camp will take place at St Andrews College to take advantage of our on campus training facilities as well as the beautiful water which we currently have at Settlers Dam. It is normally six days in duration and boys are either collected from the airport, or they can be dropped off in Grahamstown. On the Saturday night there is usually a function for parents and the boys. This camp is a great opportunity for new boys to make friends with their peers and meet some of the older boys at the school. They learn a new skill which they can use as their New skill learned in the Bronze Section of the Presidents Award Program which many boys will get involved in once school starts. Most of all they can make an informed decision about which summer sport to choose, something that can become a life changing experience. 23

24 REGATTAS SA Junior Championships This regatta normally coincides with half term which means that the boys dont have to be away for an extra long weekend and so dont miss even more school. The boys normally fly up on the Wednesday and back to Grahamstown on Monday. The 1 st VIII has a different program. This crew trains at altitude – either in Gauteng or at Hogsback – for the week prior to SA Champs. They may fly separately and they may also stay in different accommodation from the rest of the club. This varies from year to year. The regatta usually takes place at Roodeplaat Dam, North East of Pretoria. The event starts on Friday with the heats and finals of all sculls and pairs. Saturday and Sunday usually have a mix of boat classes culminating in the 1 st Eights final which is the last event of the championships All boys stay together in their crews at the accommodation under the supervision of their coaches and supporting teachers and they usually eat breakfast and supper there. Entrance tickets for SA Champs will be on sale at the Buffalo Regatta – from the chairman ; otherwise they may be bought at the dam – there is usually a small discount for pre-purchased tickets. There are a lot of B&Bs and self catering accommodation units available in the area. A list of all the options, with contact details is available at Accommodation in the Northern suburbs of Pretoria has also proven to be suitable for quick access to the N1. These areas include Lynwood, Lynwood Glen, Lynwood Ridge, Silverton, Murrayfield, Arcadia and Hatfield. Each school is allocated a spot at the regatta and Judy and Greg Hunter erect the SACRC gazebos on the SAC spot, so look out for it and join the party ! Its a festive occasion : there is food and drink on sale but you may wish to bring your own cooler box. Sleepouts are not allowed during regattas, i.e. if the regatta is held over a few days, boys must sleep with the rest of the crew until the completion of the regatta. Boys may go out for meals with their parents only if they have permission from their coach. 24

25 REGATTAS Parents may take their boys on Sunday evening after the prize giving and after all the boats have been loaded and are ready for departure. If it is half term the boys may decide not to travel back with the rest of the rowing club and may arrange their return flights themselves : this must be agreed with and communicated to the Rowing MIC and the boys coach. 25

26 ROWERS DRESS Training Dress January Camp January Camp is the only time that boys may wear civvies, primarily because many new boys do not have school rowing kit yet, and some may not continue rowing either. Training must, however be done in clothing that is both appropriate for sporting activity and acceptable considering that the boys are in the public eye. Boys should ensure they have a haircut BEFORE they arrive on camp, as the club will not tolerate hairstyles that are not neat or suitable. Once again this is because we will be training in the public eye. Normal Afternoon Training Boys should wear SACRC tri-suits only with a white SAC t-shirt whilst training. Boys must also commute to training in their school tracksuits, unless it is hot and they have permission from the Director of Rowing or Supporting Teacher or coach, in which case they may wear their white SAC t shirts, SAC Rowing Club golf shirt and SAC shorts. Regatta Dress When boys travel to regattas, they must wear the same dress : either all tracksuits or all in chinos etc : this will be communicated by the Director of Rowing. At regattas boys must wear appropriate sports uniform. Civvies may be worn only when away from the regatta and when not travelling as a team / school. Tri-Suits: The first team has a different tri-suit from the rest of the club. The 2 nd VIII wears the same tri suit as the rest of the club with a big college badge on the chest. The rest of the club rows in the official SACRC tri-suit. 26

27 ROWERS DRESS 1 st Eight privileges : Training- A 1 st Eight rower may wear any tri-suit, but it must be both respectable and in a respectable condition. They may also wear any training shirt, as long as it is either plain blue, white, black or red. The 1 st Eight requires more clothing than any other team, both for training (they train more than any other crew) and wearing before and during regattas. SAC 1 st Team tracksuit – (same as other sports1 st team tracksuit) White shorts with light blue and navy stripes down the one side, the rowing badge on the other side, and the sponsor on the left back. Light blue vest [Mullins house colour] with rowing badge on the chest screen printed in navy.[training] Old school shirt: grandpa vest : White t-shirt with buttons down front done in light blue and navy, also the same light blue and navy trimmings around neck and arms and rowing club badge on left breast. Old Khaki t-shirts (plain white short-sleeved t-shirt from Cape Union Mart) with rowing club badge (SAC badge with crossed oars) and ST ANDREWS COLLEGE across the top of the badge and 1 st VIII underneath the badge. Short sleeve white utility shirt – tight fitting. Long sleeve white utility shirt – tight fitting Sleeveless wind breaker / sports jacket. Tog bag same as rugby team Cap The 1 st Eight kit may be sponsored ; the sponsors logo will then be embroidered on the back of the neck and on the tog bag. Traditions At SA Champs and Boat race the 1 st VIII is piped onto the water, and off if they win (sometimes even if they just do jolly well) ; the piper plays Highland Cathedral. Also at SA Champs the 1 st VIII, IV and / or pair receive any awards they might have won dressed in kilts, shirts, school tie and blazers, long socks and black shoes. It is up to the boys, coach and parents of the 1 st VIII to make sure that the boys have kilts and that a piper is available. (See Appendix III for Piper Contacts). The boys in the 1 st VIII traditionally shave their heads for SA Champs. If a 1 st team (VIII, IV, pair) wins a race they may carry their oars from the winners jetty held vertically. 27

28 UNDERSTANDING A REGATTA PROGRAM A - The number of the Event B - JM or MJnr or B for boys B - JW or W Jnr or G for girls B - This is followed by the age group: B - Either U14, U15, U16 or 1 st (OP or U19) age groups. B - A, B, C or D is the category division. For the Open / U19 age group the divisions would be listed as 1 st, 2 nd, 3 rd etc. B - Boat Class B - 1, 2, 4 or 8 indicates the number of rowers / boat size participating in the event. B - X - is for Sculling Events (2 oars per boy) B - Mainly done in the U14 and U15 age groups. B - 1x is a single scull One boy with 2 oars B - 2x is a double scull Two boys with 2 oars B - 4x is a quad Four boys with 2 oars B - 8x is an octuple Eight boys with 2 oars B - + or - is for Sweep Oar Events (1 oar per boy) B - Only U16 and Open age groups B - 2- is a Pair Two boys with 1 oar each B - 4+ is a Four Four boys with 1 oar each B - 8+ is an Eight Eight boys with 1 oar each B - The +or - describes the presence or absence of a coxswain in the boat. B - 4+ is a Coxed Four, 4- is a Coxless four C - Describes the event as either H = heat, S = semi-final or F = final D - Race Starting Time E - The Race distances of 500m, 1 000m or 2 000m F - The school / club with the name of the stroke underneath. 28 A B C D E F

29 THE SPORT OF ROWING Rowing is not just a sport, its a discipline. Just like flyfishermen spend their whole lives perfecting the cast, so the rower continually strives for that perfect stroke, the stroke which leaves the boat perfectly balanced, with a maximum possible speed for his effort. But then theres another dynamic in that the rower is often not alone. There is a crew of rowers, all working together, synergising their efforts to make the boat go faster. A crew of individuals who may be very different in terms of personality, motivation, emotion, skill and experience and yet they have a common goal that they all must achieve through commitment, perseverance and most importantly mutual tolerance and respect for each other. Some say that a crew is only as good as its weakest rower and so the stronger rowers must focus on improving their team mates abilities, as this may prove more important than just focusing on their own. Encouraging, motivating through positive re-inforcement, whilst still having attention to detail, will be some of the challenges that they face, should they wish to achieve. And that weakest rower will know that he cannot give up, and let down his team mates who have trained as hard, if not harder than himself. Persevere, never give up! As a rower, you are going to learn the hard way. Its physically demanding, to say the least. Only cross country skiing can compete with rowing in terms of the energy to time exercised. In the last 500 meters of a race you are going to be asking yourself the question: Why do I do this?..... Its excruciating! All the energy is gone. The muscles are burning. The body is well into oxygen debt You could easily just throw in the towel but you cannot. You must persevere! Your crew is depending on your performance. One soft stroke could be the difference on the line! And that is why you do this! To endure! To learn that every tough challenge has a finish line, and you need to cross that line, to realise your potential as both an individual and as a crew. The pain will go away, but knowing you did not do your best lasts a lot longer! So its not just about winning and beating other people. Its about beating yourself. Its about overcoming your doubts through dogged determination, self -belief and belief in your crew. And this takes time, time in the boat, time on the ergo, time in the gym and even just time communicating and bonding with your team mates. And the training on the water must be seen as a blessing. How many sports are there which present such dynamics, within such beautiful surroundings, in any weather conditions, day after day, all year round? Your life will never be the same. You will become haunted by water. You will come across stretches of water that will call on you to explore and conquer. Not only the water, not even your technique but more likely yourself! The sound of your heart drumming in your head, to the rythym of each and every stroke as the water boils off the boats bow. 29

30 THE SPORT OF ROWING Rowing goes back some 2 or so centuries, to times when man discovered that an oar could be more effective when worked against a fulcrum. For the first time boats started going backwards. Most of the rowing was done under duress in moving large warships in the midst of battle. The first known competitive regatta was held in Venice, Italy, in It was initially popular in the Mediterranean, but soon spread throughout Europe. The first regatta in Britain was held at Gravesend Town in Throughout the next century boats grew from pairs to fours, sixes and eventually eights, which were first raced in London in Arguably the most famous race for eights is the Oxford vs Cambridge Boatrace which first took place in 1829 and continues annually to this day, with the challenge always taking place on the Thames, in London on the first Sunday in April. Here the crews have a head to head battle over a course distance of 6,3km. The biggest club regatta in the world is undoubtedly the Henley Royal Regatta, which takes place in Henley on Thames, England, annually, in the first week of July. It has been in existence since 1839 and continues to attract crews from all continents. FISA ( Federatione Internationale societe dAviron) is the international rowing body which was first established in 1892, four years prior to rowings first appearance at the Olympic Games which took place in Athens, Greece, in 1896 (men only, with women only admitted at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. Competitive rowing in South Africa dates back to 1861 when a challenge between The South African Rowing Club and Union Rowing Club took place in 6 oared boats over a distance of 4 and a quarter miles in the Western Cape. Alfred Rowing Club, now located at Zeekoeivlei, Cape Town, is not only the oldest Rowing club in South Africa, it is indeed, the oldest surviving sporting club as well. The Buffalo Grand Challenge Race, for Coxless Fours, held at the Buffalo Regatta in East London in February, is South Africas oldest race, first rowed in It is the most prestigious race for senior rowers in South Africa with a trophy which is reputed as being one of the biggest and most valuable silver trophies in the world. South Africa has a strong history of international rowing, done under our national federation ROWSA ( Rowing South Africa). Our first Olympic oarsman was Henry De Kock, who competed at the 1928 Olympics. Our first Olympic Medalilist crew was the combination of Donovan Cech and Ramon Di Clemente, who won a Bronze medal at the Athens Olympics in 2004 in the pairs event. The very recent win by our Lightweight Mens Coxless Four at the 2012 London Olympic Games highlights the ascent of South African rowing to the very highest level and is a sign of the excellence to come into the future, in which the St Andrews College Rowing Club will no doubt play its part in developing future champions. 30

31 ROWING WEBSITES Our very own web site. Look for the latest pics, news and info here. Regatta dates, draws and results are available from this website. SA National Rowing Website for local rowing news and notices. International Federation rowing website, containing international regatta notices, results, athlete profiles etc. Henley Royal Regatta Website 31

32 INFORMATION FOR THE BOYS With a little assistance from parents, rowers need to learn to take responsibility for both their team and themselves. Packing a bag for a One Day Regatta Sunblock, Cap, 2 tri-suits, 2 SAC –T- shirts or Rowing Club Golf Shirts, 2 pairs of white socks, slops, SAC tracksuits or SAC Jacket, Plastic bag for wet kit, a water bottle (with water or energy drink) a pillow A towel and shower gel Rowing tools ( a #10 and #13 spanner, headlight) On Hot Sunny Days Stay out of the sun for as long as possible Drink cold fluids as often as possible, staying hydrated. Wear a cap Wear sunglasses On Cold, Rainy Days Stay warm, paying particular attention to warming up properly before your first race. Stay as dry as possible, change after your race if you are wet or cold. Avoid Disappointment Get together as a crew one hour before your race. Check your boat thoroughly. Ensure your coxswain (if you have one) has weighed in and your bow number is on your boat. Ensure the entire crew is wearing the same kit. Get on the water timeously, having been prepared for any delays. Have water with you. Have the time on you so you arrive at the start before your Race Start time! 32

33 INFORMATION FOR THE BOYS For Emergencies All boys in the same age group must store the following cell phone numbers in their phones: 1.Everyone in their age group and / or team. 2.Their coach 3.The Director of Rowing and: 4.Any teacher managing their age group. What to eat at regattas BIG NOs – No sweets, fizzy drinks, dairy products or acidic foods. Eating junk food prior to a regatta can be a problem as these foods are usually high in sugar and low in carbohydrates. Eating out can be a problem. Boys pick up gastrointestinal bugs from public places and this can be disastrous for any crew. If you do, follow strict hygiene, wash hands regularly with a suitable hand sanitiser. For the same reasons as above, do not drink tap water. Take enough water with you to regattas. Do not share the same water bottles, where you can pick up other peoples germs. Do not eat a big meal within 3 hours of a race! BIG YESs – Bottled still water, Energade and Powerade. Bread rolls with chicken / tuna. Bananas Energy bars 33

34 INFORMATION FOR THE BOYS TAKING SUPPLEMENTS The Golden Rule: Never take a supplement without notifying your coach. The reason for this is simple, they can contain banned or restricted substances, prohibited under Anti Doping rules. Even beyond the possibility of this, it is often a bad idea to try new supplements before competition, without having tried them before. They may not sit well in your stomach under the stresses of competition and exertion, which may result in vomiting or nausea before or after competition. This will cost a rower more than any benefit that could possibly have been derived from taking the supplement in the first place, due to dehydration which would result from loss of fluids. It is perfectly logical that if you eat well, and get adequate rest, you do not need any supplements. Most supplements are a waste of money, and invariably end up as money literally going down the toilet! If you are training excessively, and life is very busy, a multivitamin supplement would generally suffice, along with a protein supplement, such as whey powder, to ensure your muscles are getting enough protein. Consult a dietician or your coach if you think you need to go beyond this. 34

35 ROWING AND ACADEMICS Approach your academics in a practical way. Right from the beginning of term, inform all your teachers about the dates you will be away from school for rowing. For most boys this will be the Thursday and Friday of the Buffalo Regatta. This will help teachers to plan their lessons accordingly and hopefully not schedule any tests around this regatta weekend. Ask for details of any written assignments due over this period so that you can work on, complete and hand them in well in advance of the Buffalo Regatta. Buffalo Regatta is only 1 ½ weeks before half term and the parent / teachers meeting when your teacher will need marks for your term orders. Make sure that by the time Buffalo comes along, the pressure for term order points is off and not on. Doing it that way, you will ensure that your term order will be a true reflection of your academic effort and ability. During the last lesson (for each subject) before you leave for Buffalo, you need to ask your teacher what work they want you to do before Monday. Dont rely on classmates to tell you on the Sunday evening! Feeling tired in class Some teams train really hard from time to time, having sessions before school in the early morning and again in the afternoon. You might find yourself feeling tired, weak or even just hungry during the day. When you feel like this and you cant focus or concentrate in class, despite eating all your food at breakfast and taking enough vitamins, (and drinking enough water!) then perhaps you need to go to the SAN where one of the Sisters can assist you in sourcing a suitable food / vitamin supplement. How do you get the best possible academic results whilst committing fully to rowing? William Cahill,Andrew Craig, Kieran Robertson, Brian Malcomess, Finn McQuaid, Craig Henderson, Daniel Still, and many other past 1 st 8 rowers did it brilliantly, getting 8,6,5 and 4 As in matric! What do they say is the key? Finn McQuaid and Brian Malcomess (2004) – Rowing at St Andrews College offers a myriad of opportunities to make close friends and explore different places. One of the nicest aspects of rowing, especially at a boarding school, is the fact that it allows (and actually requires) boys to get away from the daily stresses of school life. 35

36 ROWING AND ACADEMICS Rowing provides boys with superior fitness and this goes a long way to upholding the old adage that a healthy body promotes a healthy mind, as the self discipline required by rowers often translates into their studies. In order to succeed in the sport of rowing you require (and thus learn) a certain level of commitment, perseverance and self- discipline, not to mention the social skills required to successfully interact in what becomes a very close- knit team environment. The lessons learnt from rowing carry through in every aspect of College life. The only real advice which can be offered to young oarsmen is that if you want to succeed and enjoy rowing you must commit to it whole heartedly. No one said this sport of ours was easy, but always remember: everything you give to rowing will be returned to you ten-fold. Andrew Craig (2001) Rowing has long had a reputation as a sport that affects the academic success of school pupils. It is certainly true that rowing is time consuming, although this does not have to affect your school work. Many hours of training and travelling are required to compete at the top level. However, there is still more than enough time in any pupils day to fit in studies. All that is required is good time management – a skill that boys should acquire sooner rather than later in their College careers. A serious oarsman will develop a very disciplined approach to life – disciplined in training and also in anything else in which he intends to succeed. This strong ethic is easily applied to school work and has resulted in many successful academics from the rowing club. Just looking back over the past eight years, there has been at least one, and often more, A aggregates achieved by matric candidates from the 1 st Eight. Set yourself clearly formulated goals, both long term goals as well as short term goals. 36

37 ANTI-DOPING POLICY St Andrews College is committed to creating a school ethos of zero tolerance to any use of Substances banned under Anti Doping Rules. The school now reserves the right to test or search any boy or items in his possession for doping. Anti-Doping testing is very rare at a junior rowing level, in particular at a school club level. Testing does, however, occur at the South African Schools Championships and it is likely to be low key and candidates are likely to be selected on a totally random basis. Please be aware that if your son is on ANY CHRONIC MEDICATION, you / he should notify the crew coach and / or the Rowing MIC, so that the school can take appropriate steps where necessary, to notify Rowing South Africa, so that a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) form may be completed, and lodged, which indemnifies your son from punishment for that particular drug, should it be on any banned substance listing. Even boys with Asthma must submit TUE forms. Mrs. Scheepers at the SAC SAN can assist in the sourcing and filling in of the TUE forms Anti Doping Agencies are there to PROTECT your rights as a rower. At the end of the day they should be welcomed with open arms, as they ensure that competitions are fair, so never feel that they are an inconvenience. The procedure for a basic urine test under anti doping protocol is simple, but must be followed and applied under strict conditions and protocol, if the results of such testing are to be valid. All rowers should be aware of their rights under such testing, but these should be made very clear to you by the officer testing you. These are a few pointers of what to expect: 1)Once you present yourself to the testing officer and start the test, you may not leave until the test is completed. 2)You are entitled to have someone, be it your coach, friend, parent or other accompany you for the duration of the test. If you fail to present yourself to a testing officer, after having been notified to do so, you could possibly be deemed to have failed such a drug test. 37

38 INFORMATION FOR PARENTS MEALS Parents are often involved, at some stage, in preparing meals, be it lunch or supper, for rowers. The important thing to remember is that rowers need a balance of carbohydrates, protein and even fat, which is one of the best energy sources. There are a few golden rules: 1.Rowers should avoid dairy products within 3 hours of racing. 2.Rowers should avoid too much beef / meat as it is difficult to digest. 3.Carbohydrates like potato and rice are even better than pasta( a refined carbohydrate.) The following is a list of possible meals that could be prepared, that would give the boys what they need to perform! Supper 1.Chicken A La King – Chicken and rice, with any veggies (eg broccoli / butternut. 2.Cottage /Shepherds Pie – Mince, mashed potato, with any veggies. 3.Roast Chicken with rice / potato, with any veggies. 4.Beef Stroganoff – Beef, mushroom, cream and rice, with any veggies. 5.Lasagne – Beef or chicken, with veggies LAUNDRY It is often a lifesaver for the boys, particularly on tour, to get their laundry done, as kit so often gets reused towards the end of a tour, which can not only look shabby, but is also not very hygienic. So if you are able to do some laundry for them, it will help. FIRST AID Boys often need plaster (the plaster that is purchased in rolls) to protect their hands from blisters. The trick to avoid blisters is for the boys to tape their hands and fingers from day 1 of camp. If you leave hands unprotected for even one day, the blisters will arrive! REGATTA OFFICIAL ASSISTANCE The Eastern Cape is desperate for parents to become involved in assisting with the running of our local regattas. The Eastern Cape Rowing Association has requested that each school provides at least one person who is prepared to do duty at a regatta, once a year. It is very simple to qualify as a local official and is both an enjoyable and social experience. Please contact the Director of Rowing if you are interested. 38

39 APPENDIX I 39 Terms of Reference of the Parents Support Group of the St Andrews College Rowing Club Introduction : The primary role of the parents support group is fund raising for equipment and other needs of the club. They may also help, at the request of the Rowing MIC or the coaches, at regattas, camps etc. Whilst all parents are required to participate in these support activities, a committee is formed to lead and co-ordinate these activities and to align and communicate with the master-in-charge of rowing, the director of sport, the headmaster and the rowing club parents. Role and Focus of Parents Support Group : Fund raising for equipment and other identified needs In support of this to conduct events and activities, with the necessary communication and within school policy and guidelines To help the Rowing MIC, when requested The Committee : The committee will consist of a chairperson and several other members representative of the U14, U15, U16 and Open age groups : it is desirable to have representation from each of the 3 main provinces from which the majority of boys come, in order to facilitate fund raising. The tenure of the chairman and the committee members is one year but they may serve for more than 1 year if appropriate e.g. if no other parents make themselves available The committee will be reformed each year, after SA Champs and before the beginning of the new season in October. A Chairman will be elected at that meeting. (Traditionally the Chairman has been a parent of the incoming captain.) The committee will formally meet 4 times a year when it is desirable for all committee members or a proxy to be available e.g. k-day weekend, (June), Balloon week (October), new boys rowing camp (January), SA champs (March). Accounts and Funds Management : All funds raised by and on behalf of the Rowing Parents Support Group will be managed by the Finance Section of St Andrews College. All monies will be deposited into the St Andrews College bank account and records of all transactions will be kept within the range of accounts held by the Finance Section. These accounts are audited on an annual basis. All payments from this account will need to be authorised by a member of the Parents Support Group and would be subject to the normal authorisation required by the Finance Section. Payment requests should, wherever possible, be accompanied by supporting documentation. Income and expenditure statements for this account will be available on request. Committees roles and responsibilities : The Chairman : Formal communication with the Rowing MIC, Director of Sport or the Headmaster Management of the funds Calling and chairing of meetings, setting of agendas and report back to parents Developing a fundraising strategy and operational plans (with help of the committee and other interested parents) consultation with the master-in-charge of rowing on the short and long term equipment needs of the club Committee members : Lead and co-ordinate fund raising activities in each of the provinces working with interested parents One member will assist the chairman with communication One member, working with the master-in-charge of rowing and the coaches, will provide marketing and public relations support to profile the club.

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