ABOUT THE PROGRAM

PARTICIPATION, EXTENSION, PATHWAYS

HISTORY AND MISSION

Marist College Canberra Rowing Club (MCCRC) was established in 2010. The broad aim of the MCCRC is to develop the sport of rowing within the College and to improve the overall standing of rowing within and outside the College.

Our mission is to provide an effective support infrastructure for the Marist College rowing program such that students can participate in all aspects of rowing while developing their skills and interest for rowing in a safe enjoyable and competitive environment. The club's vision is to be a leading school rowing program in the ACT in competition, development and governance.


WHY PARTICIPATE IN ROWING?

Rowing is a sport that builds and develops both mental and physical strength, team work, discipline and commitment. Rowing provides an opportunity to improve endurance, stamina, strength, balance, and confidence as well as build and develop a lifelong love for fitness and the water.


WHAT IS THE COMMITTMENT REQUIRED?

Training is held on two afternoons per week as well as Saturday mornings across two locations - Lake Tuggeranong Rowing Club and Marist Rowing Shed at Yarralumla. Boys train in their year groups and are supervised both on and off the water. Training is never cancelled due to inclement weather - there is always indoor training. All training sessions are mandatory.

Boys are selected by coaches to participate in a number of regattas across the season, and if selected, participation is mandatory. 


Marist College Canberra Rowing Club’s (MCCRC) approach is based on participation, extension and pathways. This offers a range of opportunities for rowers to compete at different levels depending on their interest and capability. 

THE CORE PROGRAM - PARTICIPATION & APPROPRIATE COMPETITION

Through the hard work of our volunteers, our general program at MCCRC has a focus on participation followed by competition at the appropriate level. Boys learn to row and then train to compete. Competition is primarily in local regattas on Lake Burley Griffin. The end of the season culminates in an excursion to the NSW Schoolboy Head of the River at Sydney International Rowing Centre (SIRC), Penrith. The ordinary course of a rower’s progression is:

1. Learning to row
2. Training to compete
3. Competing at:

  • Local club regattas (Canberra)
  • ACT Championships and ACT Head of the Lake (Canberra)
  • NSW Schoolboys Head of the River (Penrith)

OPPORTUNITIES FOR EXTENSION

Some rowers and their families may wish to train and then compete at a higher level beyond the core program offered by MCCRC. This higher level of training may be facilitated within the club, if resources, including volunteer coaches, are available, or if not available may be possible through dual membership of another Canberra rowing club.

This higher level of training is required for competition at interstate regattas, including the NSW Championships at SIRC Penrith. Boys have previously represented the school and won medals at the Australian National Championships.

1. Additional training sessions
2. Dual membership of Canberra rowing clubs
3. Additional regattas – interstate and possibly national

It should be noted as extension opportunities are not part of the general program, families are directly responsible for their children, accessing resources including equipment and all costs incurred.

PATHWAYS SELECTION

MCCRC encourages all rowers to do their best to fulfill their potential. Boys are encouraged to try out for representative crews and supports any rower invited to participate in a high-performance program whilst being a member of MCCRC.

1. Representative crew selection
2. High-performance program invitation

PATHWAYS & HIGH-PERFORMANCE PROGRAMS

MCCRC encourages all rowers to do their best to fulfill their potential. Accommodations will be made for boys invited to participate in high performance programs whilst being a member of MCCRC. As members of the school club, it is desirable rowers are available for selection in the premier school boat at both the Head of the Lake and Head of the River.

REPRESENTATIVE SELECTION

Boys are encouraged to trial for representative selection. Accommodations will be made for boys selected in representative crews.