Rowers train in France

Rowers headed to the picturesque surroundings of France for an intensive training camp.

HSOBC’s annual training camp was finally back after Covid and over the Easter holidays 30 seniors, J16’s and Coaches travelled to Le Temple-Sur-Lot for a ten-day intensive camp.

Despite a few setbacks, with the J14 and J15 flights being cancelled, the girls had an amazing time travelling to France and taking part in many of the traditions that were missed out over the years with the lack of an Easter training camp.

Rowers completed three sessions a day with a mix of water and land-based training to accommodate a range of stimuli. A highlight session was the long row in which the 1st 8+ rowed the 14km up to a cafe to get pastries before completing a time trial back down to the centre, with the 2nd 8+ joining in with 8km to go.

Rowing camp cannot be all work and no play and so, on Good Friday, the girls dressed up for ‘Rhyme without Reason’ playing mafia and followed by an Easter egg hunt around the castle in search of the coveted unicorn which, of course, was not actually hidden.

The finale of the camp was two days of 1km time trials in 8s which saw both the 1st and 2nd 8+ competing for the highest percentages over the four trials.

Overall camp was an incredible and much-needed ten days to start the summer season off and the girls, and coaches, were all thrilled to be back in France. A massive thank you to all the coaches for such an amazing trip.

By Alison and Mia (L6)