2023-24 Novice Squad

The 2023-24 Novice Squad compete at various inter-club regattas in the Wellington region, and around the North Island, culminating in Cambridge at the Rowing NZ National Champs in February. Local regattas are on Saturdays, the away regattas will require a weekend away. Training starts off with three sessions per week, increasing up to five in January. Depending on how many rowers are from the same secondary school, crews may also be able to be formed to compete at secondary school regattas in February and March. The school regattas include the North Island Secondary School Championships and then the Maadi Cup – the biggest secondary sports competition in the southern hemishpere.

Coaches will provide all rowers and parents with a detailed training plan that outlines training dates and times, training camps, and regattas.

The training plan is designed to develop all-round physical development with emphasis on mobility exercises, aerobic endurance, and general strength to promote health and development of various systems and organs. Rowers will be taught the techniques so they can move a boat efficiently on the water, without straining their body. They will also learn elementary tactics and information on racing rules and regulations.

We will be putting rowers in boats consisting of 4 or 8 people, therefore, attendance is of the upmost importance. Rowing is the ultimate team sport – if one person doesn’t turn up then the crew may not be able to row.

The training sessions from September to December are at the following times(tbc):

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 5.00 – 7.00pm
  • Saturdays 8.00 – 10.00am 

Public transport is very accessible with the main bus route having a stop only 220m from the club. Rowers will have access to high-speed internet to do homework or relax. This means parents will only have to do one pick up, after the training session.

Rowers will get a three-week Summer Holiday Break from Tuesday 19 December – Sunday 7 January 2024, it is recommended that rowers participate in 3 land-based training sessions during this time to maintain their fitness. Training will still be available for those that remain local.

A compulsory 5-day Summer Training camp will be arranged between the January 8 – 14. Exact dates and venue to be confirmed.

The training sessions from January to March are to be confirmed, but please use the days and times below as an indication:

  • Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays 5.30 – 7.30pm
  • Saturdays and Sundays 8.00 – 11.00am 

Our club aims to allow people to be the best they can achieve but without sacrificing fun and balance. What this means practically is the final number of sessions will be set in consultation with rowers, parents, and coaches. 

Please be aware when you become a member of PRC and join the 2023-24 Novice Squad you are committing to the training sessions, as well as training camps and regattas as listed in the training plan and in the 2023-24 Rowers Handbook. 

Link to 2023/24 book here.

To join the 2023-24 Novice Squad, sign up here.