Novice

Winter Sprints 2017

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Now an annual event, the Winter Sprints offer the Novices another chance to gain some valuable race experience. Having won it the last two years, the Novices were keen to renew the rivalry with Trinity and keep the trophy up North for another year.

The day itself provided near-perfect water conditions and as the crews took it in turns to make their way down to the start line at Belfast Boat Club, the results began to roll in. A crowd had amassed at the finish line near the Queen's pontoon and they were treated to a number of incredibly close races.

Overall, Trinity men put in a very strong performance to win their races 5-2, leaving it to the Queen's Ladies to win all but one of their races and ensure that Queen's came out top on the day. 

We'd like to extend our warmest thanks to DUBC and DULBC for making the journey up and for a great day's racing.

November Update

As we continue through the winter months, the days have been getting shorter as the training gets harder. We hope this reaches you well, and would like to give you an update on what we have and will be getting up to at Queens Rowing.

The weekend of the 4th November, Queens sent 4 athletes to the GB Rowing Trials 1st Assessment in Boston, Lincolnshire. The trial consisted of a 2k erg and if successful, a 5k water trial. Sam Mckeown in the Mens Open category pulled an outstanding 5.55.8 to come 10th out of 149 entries. He then finished 15th on the water. Fiona Bell in the Women’s Open category stormed to a PB with a time of 6.58.1 finishing 16th out of 98 entries and then 14th on the water. Miles Taylor in the Men’s Lightweight category also achieved a personal best time of 6.26.3, finishing 17th out of 48 and later 12th on the water.

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The following weekend saw us unable to compete at Bann Head. The senior squads continued training as normal, but with our novices determined not to miss out on any racing activity, a mini-head was held, with write up to follow this post.

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This past weekend, Queens Rowing took part in the BUCS Indoor Rowing Championships. The championships included a 1K for our beginner men and women and a 2k for our senior athletes. Everyone pushed themselves to fantastic performances, with PB’s for the majority of our athletes. We await the official results of this event, but hope to see Queens athletes high up on the leader boards. Our goal is to carry on from our successful past season, keeping the Queen’s name out there to be talked about as a high performing university.

The years remaining events are the Queens Vs Trinity Novice sprints to be held on the 9th December, the annual dinners as well as the Lagan Festive Head on the 16th of December. We will let you know more about these events and the results of the BUCS Indoor Rowing Championships in due course.

Novice Taster Sessions 2017

Queen's Rowing Novice Taster Sessions 2017

Having gathered a hefty list of prospective oarsmen and women, the next priority was to put on great taster sessions to give them a first taste of rowing and get them hooked. Given the bigger than expected turnout, extra sessions were planned, with a carefully planned pipeline of tour of a boat, stretching, demonstration on ergs followed by a coached session on the water. 

With all members of the club chipping in and manning the stations (or boats), the gates swung open in anticipation of swarms of fresh-faced newcomers. Conditions were kind to us. The water was calm, wind was light and skies were blue. 

As attendees began to arrive and feed into the pipeline, crews were formed and Novices were sent on their maiden paddles. Averting any disasters and with plenty of enthusiasm from coaches and Novices alike, the day was a complete success. Bringing boats back in at the slip and being met with broad smiles and sweat-streamed brows was immensely satisfying.

After weeks of planning and effort, worry and panic, recruitment was officially a success. In the subsequent sessions, attendance has remained much higher than in recent years, giving us both the numbers and talent to begin forging strong competitive crews for the season ahead.  

Novice Recruitment 2017

Queen's Rowing Recruitment Lanyon Building QUB - September 2017

As a new season dawns, the focus of both clubs turned to Novice recruitment. Novice rowing has long been the lifeblood of Queen's Rowing and we set about recruiting a new intake with renewed vigour, keen to build upon last year's Novice successes.

Fresher's Week began and arrived at the Lanyon Building, with boat, blades and trestles in tow. From there we spread out all over campus, seeking out enthusiastic people keen to try something new, something brilliant. Interest was strong among the fresh faced new students.  As the week went on the weather began to conspire against us but with an ever-swelling list of interested recruits we retreated to the boathouse to make plans for the Fresher's Fair.

A more targeted event, with a captive audience, the Fresher's Fair is an essential day in the recruitment stage of the season. With all Clubs and Societies on display, it's an opportunity to present Queen's Rowing as the professional and prestigious outfit it is known to be. With medals, trophies and our promo video on display, and this time protected from the elements, we once again descended upon the Fair in numbers.

As the day the progressed, the sign-up sheet grew longer, and as the crowds peaked we averaged one new recruit every minute. This was a fantastic display of both clubs at their very best, with never fewer than 20 members espousing with genuine affection and enthusiasm the virtues of not only rowing but of Queen's Rowing itself. In doing so we were able to more than double our number of signups in one day alone, a fantastic achievement and hopefully a good omen for the season to come. 

Exhausted but content with another successful recruitment drive, we packed up our stall and began to make plans for the first taster sessions. With more recruits than we dared to hope for, the emphasis now shifted to giving them a first taste of Queen's Rowing and giving them a great start to their rowing careers.