THE ROWING COMMUNITY
We realize everyone is absorbing a tremendous amount of information regarding COVID 19 and its impact on communities here in Alberta. Within the rowing community the ARA executive has met and has agreed that in the best interests of its members to cancel all provincial related activities until the end of May, 2020.
Although the ARA cannot provide timelines as to when regattas and provincial camps will recommence we have full confidence that there will be an on-water season in 2020. In the meantime, we encourage everyone within the Alberta rowing community to adhere to the decisions of Alberta Health Services.
While we at the ARA are saddened by the impact COVID 19 is having on our communities, it is encouraging to see how the rowing community has rallied together during these difficult times. From online workouts, virtual coaching, erg loaning programs and anything in between, rowers from across the province continue to develop innovative ways to engage with one another. Keep it up!
As Queen Elizabeth II so eloquently stated on Sunday evening, “We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.”
CANADA SUMMER GAMES
The ARA is aware of the impact COVID 19 is having on training programs across the province, but are hopeful that all prospective CSG athletes are finding ways to stay in shape. Utilize the down time that many of us our experiencing to find unique ways to train, whether it be a run, a bike ride, a virtual training plan or simply a you-tube video. Just because one may not have access to ergs does not imply that we cannot continue to be active. Once we return to the water the ARA will be organizing a series of camps this summer for select athletes who meet erg deliverables and want you to be there.
If athletes are finding it difficult to remain engaged and want some unique training ideas, do not hesitate to drop the writer a line at firstname.lastname@example.org . I have a few unique workouts that may assist you.
Coaches – RCA has organized a webinar for April 8, 2020 at 10:00 (PST) that discusses challenges and opportunities with remote coaching. To register follow this link: Zoom Webinar