Training camp leaves rowing squad in great shape

Stratford Boat Club’s senior men’s squad enjoyed a weeklong training camp in the south of France as they prepare for the forthcoming regatta season.

THE senior men’s squad from Stratford-upon-Avon Boat Club could not have picked a better week to head off to a weeklong training camp in the south of France in preparation for the forthcoming regatta season.

Whilst the rain poured steadily down in Warwickshire and their colleagues scurried around readying the boathouse for the Avon flood, the squad was able to get in three training sessions a day on the beautiful River Lot at Temple-Sur-Lot, 70 miles inland from Bordeaux.

The La Base centre at Temple-Sur-Lot plays host to a number of rowing and canoeing squads from around the world. Stratford rubbed shoulders with the German and Danish canoeing teams as well as some UK squads from Bristol University and Wallingford.

Senior men’s coach, Bill Sullivan, said: “With miles and miles of wide flowing river to row on, the 12 athletes and two coaches covered nearly 200 kilometres over the week’s training, slowly but surely building a common technique and rowing style ready for the upcoming regatta season.”