The Masters Women’s squad is split into two groups:
- the first group is mainly made up of women aged 27+ who wish to train on weekday evenings and at weekends, and compete at local, national and international masters regattas, but who do not wish to commit to the level of training undertaken by the Senior Women’s squad;
- the second group is mainly made up of women who are able to train during the day, and wish to enjoy rowing in crew boats with a like-minded group, as well as competing at local and national regattas.
Both groups are focused more on sculling but do compete in sweep boats when the opportunity arises (e.g. the Women’s Head of the River, Veterans’ Head of the River). Sculling is done in small boats (e.g. 1x, 2x) where ability and conditions permit but larger crew boats (e.g. 4x, 8+) are available and are regularly used. If you do not have any sculling experience please do not let this put you off joining this squad – coached sessions are available, and the squad is very welcoming to new members.
The squad runs a competitive single sculling ladder to allow individuals to compete and measure their progress within the squad, and organises crews for a wide range of regattas during the year. Ben Papworth has coached the squad for three years and focuses particularly on those members of the masters women’s squad who wish to train regularly and compete in local and national regattas.
Both the “weekend/evening” and “weekday” groups have a wide age range, and individuals are free to choose their level of partipation from relaxed sculling for fitness, to competing at local regattas, through to regular structured training with a view to competing at the more competive Masters’ competitions such as the National Championships, Vets Henley and World Masters Championships.
The “weekend/evening” group meet at 7.30am on Saturdays (2 water sessions) and 8.30am on Sundays (1 water session), as well as training 2 or 3 evenings a week, either at the club or at work gyms where this is easier. The “weekday” group meet on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9.00am for water sessions, and also do some weekend sessions depending on members’ availability. Members of both groups are welcomed at the weekly club circuit session on Mondays and those wishing to compete at regattas also follow a regular ergo training schedule.
For more information or to discuss joining this squad please contact Katarina Rolfsman ([email protected]) regarding the “weekend/evening” group, or Nina Padwick ([email protected]) regarding the “weekday” group.