Rowing Training Camp in Amposta Spain, April 2023
Rowing Training Camp
Twenty-three students across 3rd, 4th and 5th Year travelled to Amposta, South of Barcelona, Spain to engage in a six-day all weather training camp over the Easter holiday period. The club with great excitement and enthusiasm, departed as a group on the morning of Thursday 13th April from Dublin Airport.
The rowing centre in Amposta is a new instrument to take high performance sport up another notch, and particularly to help young people who are training in a sport as demanding as rowing to move forward in their preparation.
A typical day started with an early morning breakfast, quickly followed by a long 20km paddle on the River Ebro positioned next to the Centre of Excellence. This was followed by lunch and a further two training sessions in the afternoon focussing on technique and speed. Various crews were given the opportunity to race each other to end each day. During the six-day period, the rowers, accompanied by their coaches, also enjoyed a trip to Port Aventura Theme Park. This afternoon out was well deserved and offered an opportunity for recovery between the training sessions.
The camp was thoroughly enjoyed by all rowers and certainly will prove beneficial in the upcoming Regatta season.
Many thanks to the coaches, Pat Gannon, Alex Brophy, Matthew Kane, Matthew O’Donnell and Karen Reilly for making this trip possible. It was wonderful to have the support of two parents, Frank Neary and Nina Cafolla for the duration of the trip, as they accompanied the club. Also, a special mention to the rowers for their hard work and determination at all training sessions over the course of the camp. An unforgettable experience!