RCBC’s Easter training camp at Lake Varese, Italy, once again brought the boys back to the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). This Olympic performance centre created an excellent environment for the boys to train and get some decent revision done before the summer exams. Also staying with us at the AIS was the Dutch National Rowing Team who went on to win the first World Cup Regatta in their eight and who were ranked third in the world last year.
The camp started with a 2k ergo trial on the second day, this test forces the boys to remain fit over the Easter break and is crucial for keeping up the momentum before regatta season. With the crews from Schools’ Head being broken up, the opportunity arose for some of the boys who had narrowly missed out on the top boats another chance for selection.
Varese is the perfect place for technique development and the ideal place to hold crew trials, this gives the coaches all the data that they need to select crews. This competitive environment allows the boys to push themselves to new heights and saw a lot of changes to the top boats. In the final few days, with the 1st and 2nd VIII having been selected, the boys were able to once again progress before the season began, clocking good times on the water.
Once again it was a fantastic camp and I would once again like to thank the AIS for accommodating us so well.
Report by Max Hobhouse, F Social, 6.2