A Champs working group has been extremely busy interpreting the new British Rowing safety guidelines and adapting to our new ways of working. With new risk assessments and cleaning protocols in place, crew bubbles have been formed and received safety briefings, and the first sweep rowing crews are back on the water.
Power2Inspire is thrilled to announce the first ever mch.london virtual boat race.
Oxford v Cambridge
Saturday 13th June at 3pm
Sponsored by mch.london, this inclusive unique race is being hosted by Give As You Live, and supported by Small Films and GingerMay.
For the first time ever, on Saturday 13th June 2020, at 3pm, Olympic, Paralympic and club rowers, representing teams from Oxford and Cambridge, will compete side by side in the MCH.London virtual boat race to raise funds for Power2Inspire.
The race will be available to watch online at Power2Inspire’s Give as You Live page at 3:00pm BST – with an option for viewers to donate to the charity – and experience the thrill of watching these fantastic oarspeople compete in a virtual sporting event.Rowers including World champion Oliver Cook, Rio Paralympic Champion Grace Clough, Olympic Triple Gold Medallist Pete Reed, Australian para rower Renae Domaschenz and Gold Medallist Tom Ransley, will all race from their homes across the world. Garry Herbert and Martin Cross – of the BBC – will be providing commentary of the event, in what promises to be a high action, inclusive sporting occasion online.
So SAVE THE DATE, support inclusion through sport and CHEER ON YOUR TEAM!
Saturday morning saw Sam Hulston, captain of the senior women’s squad, presented with a beautiful bunch of flowers by the club to mark the end of the Lockdown League. We have all been kept fit (and nearly sane) by the online circuits, yoga, erg buddying and Sam’s seemingly endless cheery leadership across the whole club, with weekly ‘Lockdown League’ races to enter on bikes, ergs or on foot, taking the place of on-water rowing events that were cancelled during April and May.
Sam has been a great motivator and it’s also great to see familiar faces on line and keep building on fitness achieved throughout the season. What a star!
At the start of lockdown Champs invited members to its Strava group to log training efforts and keep us training together albeit virtually.
We were determined to keep fit even if not on the river or erging together. It’s been a great success with 28 athletes recording 62 activities including runs, ergs, rides, weights sessions and circuits. We have been able to give each other ‘kudos’ and there’s been some healthy competition on split times and bike speed! Great for comparing notes on good routes and sharing photos. The weather has helped a lot. All our experiences of lock down have been very different- some have started new jobs, some been furloughed, some dealing with the logistics of working from home combined with children and other caring responsibilities and some working long hours as front line workers but it’s been great to have Strava to keep us motivated and in touch and training together.
Champs rowers were REALLY pleased to race again today after many cancelled events recently. We had some wins too!
The Women’s Development crew won novice category (25.37), W2 won their Masters category (23.42) fastest out of 5 Masters crews.
On the sculling from Lou and Carole won in their Masters D Double (24.42) and Carole also won convincingly (26)in Masters E single.
We are all gearing up for the spring now with erg tests and squad meetings between now and Easter and looking forward to rowing fast in some kinder weather.