I’m Sarah, captain of Broxbourne Rowing Club. Below is some information about rowing at Broxbourne. If you are a complete beginner please see the Learn 2 Row section but if you have some experience of rowing and/or coxing and would like to join one of the squads contact me by email: captain@broxbournerowingclub.org


Rowing at Broxbourne


Competitive Rowing
BRC regularly competes against other clubs at local and national level regattas and has on occasion competed overseas. We compete all year round in regattas (side by side races) in the summer and head races (time trials) in the winter season. Most races we attend are run under the British Rowing system. You would begin in a novice / development crew maybe along with people from your beginner’s course with an aim to compete in these events. This would involve commitment to train regularly and achieve a good level of fitness; the frequency of this would depend on your crew but generally requires a minimum of 3 training sessions per week. Racing at Masters level is becoming increasingly popular and events are offered for ages 27 to over 80 based on the average age of the crew.

Recreational Rowing
If competitive rowing and structured training programmes are not for you, recreational rowing is a great option. Recreational rowing still requires stamina and aerobic fitness but is less demanding than competitive rowing and is more about the enjoyment of being on the river than entering races. At BRC we are building our recreational rowing squad and have a core group of people who meet up to row together. This group may also venture further afield, but are more likely to row over the lock to the local pub than be seen at a regatta! We have recently acquired some new boats specifically designed for recreational, touring and coastal rowing.

Sculling
Most members of the club are aligned to a squad; however it is also possible to enjoy rowing on your own. Experienced scullers will be assessed prior to taking out club equipment, we have a large range of single sculls available for members. There are opportunities to learn to scull with the beginner’s course if you join in the summer, or it may be that you learn later on. You will learn in a training scull and it is essential that you do this under supervision of a coach until you are signed off as competent to avoid a swimming session! Sculling can be enjoyable for all levels and provides some independence on when you train. Please speak to one of the beginner coaches if you are interested in learning.

Coxing
We are always looking for new coxes to join our crews! Coxing involves steering the boat and providing motivation for the crew. We are always very happy to train new coxes, please speak to any of the rowing committee if interested. Although coxes for racing are usually lightweight there are far fewer restrictions for training purposes and the best coxes at club level are not always the lightest people.


Fitness Training


Ergos: The rowing machine is the best option for non-water based fitness training. We have 11 machines at the club available for all members to use.

Circuit training: Circuit sessions open to all are held starting at 7pm on Tuesdays. Please arrive 10 minutes early before your first session to ensure you understand each exercise.


Races


BRC regularly competes against other clubs at local and national level regattas and has on occasion competed overseas. We compete all year round in regattas (side by side races) in the summer and head races (time trials) in the winter season. Most races we attend are run under the British Rowing system so your first race would be at novice level and you would progress up to intermediate and senior status as you win races.
To get involved with a competition crew you will need to join one of our racing squads. Race entries will be co-ordinated via your coach or squad vice-captain and all race entries will be placed by the Race Entries Secretary. To enter a race you will need to be a British Rowing member.

Sudbury Video

Posted by Penny Scorah | August 13, 2010

Broxbourne feature in all 7 Sudbury regatta videos. You can link to them at the end of this video.

Rowing EGM 4th September 2010

Posted by Michelle Turnham | August 5, 2010

As you all know each year we elect a new Rowing Committee. The committee is made up of various members some of whose roles can be found outlined in the Club Rules. However as the club has expanded the rowing committee has also expanded and although not officially recognised by the club rules all these posts need to be filled to allow rowing to continue and grow at Broxbourne. I have therefore put together a brief summary of the Rowing Committee which will hopefully help you decide if you wish to stand for a post and also who to talk to if you want to know what’s involved:

The following roles are full members of the rowing committee:
Captain
Current post holder: Michelle Turnham
Role: Chairs the Rowing Committee and reports into the clubs Managements Committee on all things rowing related.

Men’s Vice Captain
Current post holder: Chris Scorah
Role: Primarily concerned with the men’s senior squad, organising outings, coaching and coxing, plus submitting race entries to the Entries Secretary. Should also be keen along with coaches to identify development squad members who could make the move into the senior squad.

Women’s Vice Captain
Current post holder: Sarah Gilliver
Role: As for mens vice captain, but co-ordinates women’s rowing.

Novice Vice Captain
Current post holder: Ian Brown
Role: Organising outings, coaching and coxing, plus submitting race entries to the Entries Secretary for rowers that are wanting to race but are not members of the senior or veteran squads. The club rules do not split the development (novice) squads into male and female but this may be done for logistical reasons if required. Therefore the two roles can be created if required.

Junior Vice Captain
Current post holder: Noelle Stallard
Role: Organising outings, coaching and coxing, plus submitting race entries to the Entries Secretary for junior rowers. The Junior Vice Captain is also heavily involved in the development of the junior section of the club including links to local schools and ARA sponsored programmes.

Veteran Vice Captain
Current post holder: Russell Mould
Role: Organising outings, coaching and coxing, plus submitting race entries to the Entries Secretary for Veteran rowers. The club rules do not split the veteran squads into male and female and as currently there is no veteran womens vice-captain the two roles have been merged.

Equipment Officer
Current post holder: Dave Gentle
Role: Keep the entire fleet on the water including running repairs to boats and trailers. Feed into the Captain requirements for new equipment, assist with ordering of new equipment.

Schools & University Liaison Officer
Current post holder: vacant
Role: Liase with the Haileybury School and St Edmund’s College over use of club facilities and boats. If needed make contact with other local schools to encourage rowing and membership of the junior squad.

The following roles are currently / can be co-opted onto the rowing committee:
(the new committee will vote to agree co-option of these positions)

Head Coach
Current post holder: Matt Stallard
The Head coach oversees all coaching at the club and is responsible for ensuring that the technical level of rowing is maintained is consistent with GB rowing standards.

Beginners Co-ordinator
Current post holder: Chris Moody
Role: To introduce new members to rowing through the clubs regular beginners courses, training up to a standard where the rowers are ready to move onto another squad.

Veteran Vice Captain (Women)
Current post holder: vacant
Role: Organising outings, coaching and coxing, plus submitting race entries to the Entries Secretary for female Veteran rowers. The club rules do not split the veteran squads into male and female, however there is only one voting role on the committee and should there be male and female candidates a vote will decide who holds this position. The two roles can be merged if there is a lack of candidates.

Entries Secretary
Current post holder: Angela Cook
Role: All club entries for events go through the entries secretary. Once all the entries for an event are submitted the entries secretary works with the Captain so that transport can be arranged. The Entries secretary collects fuel money from vice captains and pays truck drivers when they have filled the truck.

Recreational Rowing Co-ordinator
Current post holder: Steve Wragg
Role: To promote  and co-ordinate recreational rowing at Broxbourne.

Coxing Co-ordinator
Current post holder: vacant
Role: This is a trial role and is designed to see if we can resolve the ongoing lack of coxes and training at the club. Although the post holder would not have a formal vote on the committee he/she the post holder would help the vice-captains with the recruitment and training of coxes.

Our club cannot function without volunteers and would therefore urge you to consider standing for one of the above posts.

Coaching
As with every year we need coaches to help move the club forward. Matt Stallard is our Head Coach and helps with consistency of rowing style and progression through the squads. If anyone is interested in helping Matt and the vice-captains with coaching for the new season please speak to Matt or myself.

Security
Can I urge all of you to be vigilant and keep our club secure. Please make sure that you lock up both the clubhouse and boat shed when you are on the water and that the gate closes behind you when you leave.

Equipment
We have a great fleet of boats and equipment. I would like to urge all members to respect this equipment by taking great care particularly when moving boats from the boathouse to the water, this is where most damage occurs. Please respect rules regarding use of boats and if any doubt what equipment to use please contact any one of the rowing committee.

Lights
Very soon the evenings will become darker and lights must be displayed on boats. All boats going out in the evenings must have a white light on the Bow and a red light facing down the Stern. Neither light should flash.

Finally I’d just like to say a big thanks to the current committee and coaches for all the effort they have put in over the last year.

Michelle Turnham – BRC captain
Email: captain@broxbournerowingclub.org

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