Guelph Rowing Club Newsletter Spring Issue, 2007 Volume 7, Issue 1 The President’s Message President’s Report – February 15, 2007 The year has barely begun and winter is far from over but everywhere I look new horizons for the Guelph Rowing Club are unfolding. January and February have been outstanding months in our history as the GRCA approved our long-term occupancy lease and the construction of a new boathouse on the west end of Guelph Lake. The City of Guelph has also approved a $100,000 grant to be paid over four years for the community recreation component of the boathouse. The Wellington-Waterloo Community Futures Development Corporation has also approved our request for a long-term loan for $150,000, which will provide sufficient seed money to begin the building and site construction this spring. The Boathouse Committee is meeting on a regular basis to finalize plans and establish contractor approval criteria. There will be a great deal of coordination required to leave the present site and move to the new location, and the efforts of the entire membership will be required to make the move as efficient as possible. Imagine, we only have to do it once and we won’t have to move the entire fleet in the spring and fall again! Boat House Site Survey stake is the front right corner of the boathouse As if this abundance of riches was not enough, we have been notified that the GRC bid to host the 2008 Canadian Masters Open Rowing Championship on Guelph Lake has been approved by the RCA Board. This is an important event for the GRC as competitors from throughout Canada and the United States will be spending a significant amount of time in Guelph. The City of Guelph will be assisting the GRC through their Tourism office to market, advertise and plan non-rowing activities. We have proposed the regatta be held one week after the Royal Canadian Henley in August and our hope is to entice and attract many of those athletes to spend the following week training on Guelph Lake while enjoying the hospitality package that we will offer. Guelph Lake is well on its way to being a major centre for rowing in Central Ontario! Ah yes, and then there is our winter What’s Inside – training! Tired of the ergs yet? Be of good Closing Remarks of Nicholas Boultbee cheer because the end of April is only two What Is Adaptive Rowing months away. In the meantime our high school Helping Our Community athletes are seriously working out to a great The Benefits of Rowing – schedule prepared by Dave Leger and Chris Rheumatoid Arthritis and Exercise Osuch. This year we will boat about the same A Need For Coaches number of athletes as last year, plus or minus 55 Corporate Team Building people. There will be four high schools Spring Issue, 2007 Volume 7, Issue 1, Page 2 participating again including St. James, GCVI, J.F. Ross and Centennial. A parents committee has been formed with reps from each school that will greatly take the administrative and logistical load off the coaches. We still require additional coach boats with motors and coach boat operators. If anyone can lend us a boat for six weeks and/or assist with boat driving, this will be greatly appreciated by Dave, Chris, Pat, Vlad, Kyle, Nichole and I. In addition to the high school indoor rowers our varsity and masters seem to be listening to the morning alarm clocks and judging by the numbers in the university gym, The Athlete’s Club and Goodlife we are indeed getting ready for the season in fine form. As an all-volunteer organization we only exist because of the goodwill of all and the tireless efforts of so many people with every facet of administering to our needs. I want to extend my personal thanks to all of you for your contributions that make the GRC so successful and enjoyable. Special mention must be made to the Site and Boat Committee for repairing so many boats last year and keeping the site green and attractive. This year will see our last March boat repair marathon and there will be a lot to do. Let’s all pitch in to paint, varnish, scrub, sand, clean, cut, glue and rig to bring the fleet into prime condition for the season. Here’s a toast to another year – Our 9th – for smooth waters, great fitness and many good times. Walter Boathouse Meeting A special meeting was held February 5, 2007. The target start date for construction on the new site is April 1, 2007. Volunteering The most basic of all values is people helping people and, in the process, helping themselves. A volunteer is someone who gives time, energy and talents to others, expecting nothing in return. Volunteers must have an open mind, be willing to embrace wisdom learned from others and also let the experience of volunteering lead to personal inner growth. Volunteers realize the importance of time and kindness. Canadians have a long tradition of helping individuals, communities and causes. Yet this sense of responsibility for the well being of fellow citizens and for the quality of life in our society needs to be continually nurtured. Increased recognition and public awareness of the crucial role played by volunteers is one important way to help ensure the growth of this spirit of volunteerism. Therefore, the Guelph Rowing Club would like to give recognition to our volunteers in the words of our past Editor, Nicholas Boultbee. The Club has many committees to ensure its smooth running and, unfortunately, space does not permit the naming of them here. Their work is truly appreciated and the Club‘s Board of Directors THANKS EACH CLUB MEMBER for their support during the year and hopes that everyone is excited about the move to the Club‘s new premises by mid-2007 and having a boathouse. – Nicholas Boultbee Spring Issue, 2007 Volume 7, Issue 1, Page 3 Board of Directors was elected. The construction of a boathouse and a move to a new location on Guelph Lake became more than a dream. Walter Kehm, Tanya Lonsdale and Scott Pollard worked many hours on these. In addition to attending meetings with the Guelph City Council, committees and key people of the Grand River Conservation Authority and the Community Futures Corporation of Wellington Waterloo, Tanya drew and re-drew many site plans and drawings of the area of the new club site and alternate plans for a new building, Geraldine and Nicholas Boultbee depending on the site elevation and the possible We, the Guelph Rowing members would like to thank available funds. Geraldine and Nicholas Boultbee for the exceptional Proposals for the Club‘s future were adopted by its job they have done, as the editors for the Guelph members. These involved two years of actual financial Rowing Club newsletter. results and ten-year projections by Jana Pollard, the club‘s treasurer. MANY THANKS AND CLOSING REMARKS by Those who have been involved in this sort of detailed and accurate work know the time it takes and the club is Nicholas Boultbee grateful to Jana for her number crunching, without which, plans for the club‘s future could not have progressed. The year 2006 saw continued expansion in membership, The Boat Maintenance Team, under the leadership of expertise in several areas, improved competitive results John Liefeld, rebuilt two shells, repainted two others and and progress towards building a boathouse and moving did some 700 repairs to the club‘s fleet. John also to a new site. High school rowing saw four schools in ensured that adequate levels of gasoline were always Guelph rowing as crews representing each school. The available for the coach and safety boats—a job which varsity had 66 athletes on the water at 5:15 a.m. and the entailed over a hundred trips to gasoline pumps and the team achieved solid competitive performances at filling of the large containers with an approximate total of regattas. At the Masters level, Fiona McCrea and Tanya 800 litres of gasoline. This work, unseen by most club Lonsdale continued their ―olden‖ performances. James members is an example of the voluntary work done by White also collected medals. The really exciting members. Indeed the club would not be able to exist development was the move from Recreation to the without the voluntary efforts of its several ‗unsung Masters level by Rita Harris and Jo-Anne Costello. They heroes‘. won silver and bronze and just missed a gold by 1/100s of a second. The numbers turning up for Recreational A highly visible example of its members work is that of rowing was a bit disappointing a first, but were the Website Committee, under Rita Harris‘s guidance augmented by a sizeable crop of Novices who also who together with RLB Systems Solutions, which signed up for many of the Tank Rowing places. donated a vast sum of dollars in making this possible. The design of the club‘s new website is vastly superior to The Club held several clinics under the leadership of Pat that which existed previously and is an example of what Weir. They were coxing, sculling, back care, coaching individuals and group effort can do. NCCP Level 1 and motorboat handling and operating. Pat obtained the services of knowledgeable people from other clubs and organizations while John Liefeld is our Guelph 2008 Masters Regatta home grown expert in motorboats. The RCA has lowered the Masters age to 21 years of Another first for the club was corporate rowing in which age. This lower age for masters might mean we may Linamar and RIM had small groups learn to row as an have as many as 300 competitors attending to exercise in teambuilding and working together. participate in the 2008 Masters Regatta on the Guelph Lake. The club is grateful for the many hours of work put in by its committees. New bylaws were adopted by the club, reflecting its expanded size and consequently a new Adaptive rowing events will also take place at this regatta. Spring Issue, 2007 Volume 7, Issue 1, Page 4 What Is Adaptive Rowing Adaptive rowing is sweep rowing or sculling for people with physical or intellectual disabilities/limitations including, in part, hearing impairment, paraplegia, quadripleia, Downs Syndrome, blindness, visual impairment, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and spina bifida. Letter From the Editor This program is not new to the rowing community, as adaptive rowing I felt thrilled when asked to has been offered at many clubs around the world for over 20 years. assume the job of editor for the Club’s newsletter. This is Many individuals experience depression, a loss of confidence and certainly an exciting year in believe that their lives are limited when faced with the reality of a regards to growth and events! disability. Sports and recreation offer the opportunity to achieve success in a very short time periord; to use this success to build self- I first began rowing four years confidence and focus on possibilities instead of dwelling on what can ago while collecting pledges no longer be done. The sport of rowing provides opportunities for for ‘The Heart and Stroke disabled participants to experience a non-contact, low-impact team Foundation’. environment. As with any new rower, the sport is a great way to increase overall fitness level. In the past, I was a member of the Learning Disability For recreational rowing, people with a wide range of disabilities can be Association of Lambton accommodated within the same crew, allowing for interaction among disabilites and ultimately, integration into regular programs within a County where I held the club. Competitive rowing is also available for people with disabilities position of newsletter editor, and a number of major regattas, including the FISA World Rowing as well as lead in their Championships, now include adaptive rowing events. Competitive membership committee. rowers are classified based on the extent of their disability and how it influences their rowing stroke. I enjoyed these positions, especially editor, because of Each particpant should be encouraged to work towards individual the opportunity to connect goals, as the realization of each milestone will increase confidence and readers with information of self-esteem. Races between training boats and a medal presentation great interest to them and for at the end of the program can be an exciting event. this very reason, I welcome articles and comments from The basic techniques of adaptive rowing are the same as rowing for the the members. able-bodied. Participants learn the elements of the stroke, drive, recovery, catch angle, oar handling, etc. The general learning curve is A newsletter will run each comparable to any novice rower and participants experience the same year in mid-March, June, thrill at discovering the sport. September and December. There are potential benefits to the club by the way of strengthening Jean Haverkate-Hunter community involvement by offering opportunities to all individuals; increasing membership; enhancement of club pride and reputation; Contact me by e-mail at - media attention; generating interest in your programs and benefiting all aspects of your club; increased fundraising abilities resulting in cash or email@example.com. equipment donations and equipment for your adaptive program can be shared with other programs when not reserved by adaptive rowers, inceasing your club‘s overall inventory. Adaptive rowing events will also take place at the 2008 Masters Regatta for Guelph. Spring Issue, 2007 Volume 7, Issue 1, Page 5 Helping Our Community – The Benefits of Rowing February was Heart Month In partnership with the ‘Heart and Stroke Foundation of Participants are asked to collect pledges in support of Ontario’, the Guelph Rowing Club is offering again this The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario for the year the ‘Learn to Row’ Program’. mandatory regatta event. The program is open to ages 18 years and up with no Now is the time to put your heart into protecting the previous experience necessary. Lessons are available health of Canadians everywhere by participating in the either morning or evenings, twice a week for four weeks. Guelph Rowing Club ‘Learn to Row program. Four half-day weekend sessions is also an option. To register on-line, contact www.guelphrowing.ca or call Classes begin the week of June 4, 2007 ending with a The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario at 837-4858 fun Regatta and BBQ on July 7, 2007 at the Guelph Lake. Rheumatoid Arthritis and Exercise By Graeme Marsh MSc. MES, Director of Aegis Training Ltd. Picking the right exercises for rheumatoid arthritis is very If the disease affects your lower-extremity, as is common, then dependent on the individual’s condition. As this condition tends avoiding joint stress and shock is very important. Activities to come and go, it calls for a high degree of flexibility and such as cycling, rowing, and walking can all be beneficial. understanding in order to ensure that you choose the right type of exercise for that workout. In rheumatoid arthritis cells within Some form of strength training needs to also be part of your your joint become activated that lead to the joint swelling and exercise program. The effects of rheumatoid arthritis and all the structures around that joint, such as muscle and medications used to treat it can cause a significant loss of ligaments, becoming vulnerable to damage. It is important that muscle. Over time this will lead to a loss of strength and during a flare-up of the problem that you avoid any vigorous balance that can have a negative affect on quality of life. exercise. An important part of dealing with arthritis is learning Resisted training needs to be prescribed for you by a how to best protect the joints from damage. Cardiovascular physiotherapist or trainer who is suitably qualified. The general training forms a key part of any exercise program for someone rule here is low-impact, low-resistance and low-intensity. with your condition. The following guidelines should help you in making the right choice for exercise: Avoid exercise first thing in the morning when joints are stiff Avoid vigorous exercise during flare-ups Address posture, flexibility and strength as well as cardiovascular exercise Set realistic goals and work towards achieving them Treat any pain before, during and after exercise. Try to move your joints gently through their full range of motion every day. Gradually build up endurance exercises to 20 to 30 minutes per day, at least three times a week. After exercising, cool down for 5 to 10 minutes to help you cool off and let your heart slow down and help your muscles relax. Always check with your doctor or therapist before starting an exercise program. If you are having a flare, do not skip exercises completely. To do nothing leads to stiff and weak muscles. A balance between rest and activity is necessary, even during a flare. Spring Issue, 2007 Volume 7, Issue 1, Page 6 Hugh Laurie took his rowing very seriously. (1980 Cambridge Team) The Henley Royal Regatta The Boat Race is the annual rowing contest between England's two oldest and most famous universities. Oxford and Cambridge University have been battling against each other over four and a quarter miles on the River Thames for 175 years. Charles Merival who was at Cambridge, and Charles Wordsworth (nephew of the poet William Wordsworth), a student at Oxford, decided to hold a race between the universities. On 12 March 1829, Cambridge challenged Oxford and a tradition was born. The race was successful and the Henley Royal Regatta, now the most famous regatta in the world was established. Irish Rowing Toast The Royal Canadian Henley May calm water precede your bows, May the Canadian Geese leave your dock free of gifts, The Royal Canadian Henley Regatta started in 1880 as the May the coaching launch never wake your shell and first championship for the newly formed Canadian Amateur May you always keep the round side Rowing Association. It changed venues often until 1903 when of the boat in the water. it was decided to hold it at St. Catharines’ Port Dalhousie’s Martindale Pond permanently. Happy St Patrick’s Day The Henley Commission has set the date for The 125th Royal Canadian Henley Regatta as August 7th - 12th, 2007. Exercise Rowing is often described as the ‘ultimate mind/body sport.’ It is a demanding sport requiring both physical strength and cardiovascular endurance. Rowing is a major component of physical fitness for many individuals and some members are involve in year-round fitness programs. During the winter, ergo meter rowing (rowing machines) are used to supplement rowing in a boat by providing a simulation. Indoor rowing has become popular as a sport in its own right and numerous indoor competitions are held during the winter off-season-- the annual world Championship CRASH-B Sprints in Boston is one. Nearer to home is the event held in Mississauga - Indoor Rowing Tank Sessions – Learn to Row and Competitive Sunday, March 25, 2007 at12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Don Rowing Club Mississauga Contact: Dave Leger or Chris Osuch at the Guelph Rowing Club Spring Issue, 2007 Volume 7, Issue 1, Page 7 A Need For Coaches On January 12 and 13, 2007, the club held an NCCP Clinic. The clinic’s instructor was Mike Thompson, who is a member In 2006, the eighth year of operation, membership in the of the St. Catharine’s Rowing Club, a high school vice- Guelph Rowing Club had grown to well over 300 members and principal, recent past president of RowOntario and has because of this growth in membership, there has become a coached and mentored for many years, including national level need for more coaches. athletes. The feedback from those in attendance was favorable. The Club has a high school program in the spring, a varsity program every fall, and competitive and recreational rowing all If club members are interested in future rowing clinics, these season from May to October. can be found on the RowOntario website or contact Pat Weir (a director of the club and chair of the club’s Rowing This year, there will be four high schools participating again, Committee who initiated the holding of the NCCP Clinic) at including St. James, GCVI, J. F. Ross and Centennial. firstname.lastname@example.org. Coaching Qualifications: Must be registered with the club as a full member or coach membership before going on the water NCCP levels of coaching an asset Minimum age, 18 years Current Criminal Records Check for Volunteers working in Vulnerable Person’s Sector, mandatory Current First Aid/CPR Certification an asset Current Pleasure Boat Operators Card mandatory if operating a coach boat and certified driver required if coach does not have boating certification. Participate in GRC Coachboat Operations workshop, which includes Guelph Lake Navigation & Hazards, and Emergency procedures. If this workshop has not been attended then the participant will be trained by a member designated by the Site and Boat Committee. SAFETY The City of Kitchener, in co-operation with KW Sports Council, with the support of Parks and Recreation Ontario, presents Red Cross Sport First Aid. This 16-18 hour Sport First Aid certification course is suitable for coaches, trainers, sport leaders and volunteers who need certification in Standard First Aid and CPR and have an interest in learning about sports injury prevention and care. RED CROSS SPORT FIRST AID COURSE IN KITCHENER Dates & Times: Saturday March 31 and Sunday April 1, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Location: Stanley Park Community Centre Corner of Franklin and Ottawa Streets in Kitchener. Register through the City of Kitchener. On-line -www.kitchener.ca or Tel: 519-741-2819 Please refer to the program code #43877 or #43878. FEE: $99 (Payable to ‘City of Kitchener’) Spring Issue, 2007 Volume 7, Issue 1, Page 8 CORPORATE TEAM BUILDING Learn the Importance of ‘Staying Together’ as a Team TEAM – Together Everyone Achieving More On June 23, 2006, the Guelph Rowing Club hosted When a Corporate Team Building Session. The outcome teambuilding is done properly, results include was positive. stronger relationships between team members, an elevation in team spirit and morale, an Here is a sampling of feedback comments gathered improvement in critical team skills such as after the event: communication and trust, and adding momentum in moving a team towards a common goal and a “I liked the concept of teamwork in the event. shared vision. I was surprised that rowing was so much a team event – I was not aware of that.” To obtain information and availability to do a Corporate Team Building session with your team, please contact the Rowing Committee Lead at www.guelphrowing.ca) Rowing As a Group Activity - Courtesy of David Patchell-Evans, Founder and CEO, GoodLife Fitness Clubs Group exercise is great for your body and your spirit. It keeps us inspired and energized and is a good source of motivation. For so many regular exercisers, group fitness is the ultimate way to get in shape and have fun. It’s one of the very best ways to maintain the good life, both physically and socially. Guelph Rowing Club - Registration Dates Registration begins on Tuesday, March 20, 2007, and will continue on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 between 7:00 and 8:30 p.m. and Thursday, April 19, 2007 between 7:00 Guelph Rowing Club and 8:30 pm. at Zehrs Community Room at Imperial Road and Paisley. The NEW safety video will be shown at each registration meeting. Everyone must view this video P. O. Box 25010, prior to going into the water. 370 Stone Road, West Registrations received after April 30, 2007 will be charged a 10% late fee, over and above the registration fee. For rowing group annual fees, please check the website at Guelph, ON N1G 4T4 www.guelphrowing.ca under ‘Program’. The website has registration forms.