WJ14x+ Aberdeen Sprint 2008 - Photo: Niall Darroch
"Junior rowing -- for fitness, learning a new skill, making new friends, and competition!"
The club has a growing junior section run by a number of volunteers, helped by parents, and managed by Tom Duke. At grass roots level, junior rowing is fundamental to the sport's future and at St Andrew we recognise how important it is to have a thriving junior membership.
Although there is no precise lower age limit for people to start rowing, factors such as height, reach, and strength play a critical role. In practice, the club's junior programme accepts members who are currently of secondary school age. The upper age limit for junior rowing is J18 (the person must be under 18 years on 1st September of the year preceding the main racing season).
Our juniors row regularly on the Union Canal in Edinburgh; they train too in the gym at Boroughmuir RFC. Coaching and training is focused on developing rowing and sculling technique alongside improving general physical strength and cardiovascular endurance. Beginners and those under 16 years do not tend to do weights, but they make up for that in other ways.
Racing is an integral part of all rowing and is no exception for our juniors. The club participates in events throughout Scotland in various boat classes, from singles and doubles, through quads and eights. We also compete on the Concept 2 ergometer at the indoor rowing events.
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