While school districts master distance learning and employers determine ways for their staff to get work accomplished, every global citizen is learning how to adapt during the Covid-19 health crisis. White Rock Rowing is no exception. On Sunday March 21st, White Rock Rowing distributed erg rowing machines from the White Rock Boathouse to each and every teammate that wanted to continue their training at home during these uncertain times.
The incredible network of coaches from Middle School and High School, both boys and girls teams, rallied to begin a virtual coaching program to keep young athletes in shape and connected during the quarantine.
“Students need to have normalcy and routine during this difficult time,” says Sue Ellen Chambers, White Rock Boathouse President. “We at White Rock Rowing feel that adapting our current programs and lending the erg machines gives each young athlete a chance to stay connected.”
Not only is the training important, but the camaraderie is as well. White Rock Rowing is a medal-winning Rowing organization with proven results. “Yet, the sportsmanship and teamwork is what makes us so special.” state Samantha Prado, girl’s varsity coach. “We are always finding new and fun ways to keep the team connected and this time is no different.” Many of the teams virtually connect via online apps to check in on each other, as well as workout together.”
Given that many of the upcoming regattas have been postposed due to the Corona Virus and travel for the teams will look different moving forward, White Rock Rowing is overcoming these challenges with innovative techniques. The at home virtual training will allow novice and varsity teams to remain connected, as well as stay in peak performance condition.
With the idyllic White Rock Lake being swapped for at-home living rooms, garages and backyards, White Rock Rowing is providing a secure and familiar ground during these crazy times.