As Trent Excalibur rowers know well, the support you receive off of the water largely shapes your performance on race day, which is why a new Rowing Canada NextGen Hub monitoring camp in partnership with Rowing Canada, the Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario, and the Kinesiology Department at Trent promises to further Trent rowers’ athletic success.
The camp, which hosted its first of nine sessions on November 18 at the Trent Athletics Centre and the Peterborough Rowing Club, follows the announcement by Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) in October that Trent will host a NextGen Hub for Olympic athletes. As a part of that program, the monitoring camps look to enhance the abilities of identified NextGen athletes by supporting their technical, tactical, physical, emotional, and lifestyle skills and will focus specifically on athletes’ physiology and biomechanics through lactate analysis, training program adaptation, and stroke analysis.
“Athletes a part of this program are raising the bar for Trent rowing varsity teams in the daily environment as well as on the national and world stage,” said Deborah Bright-Brundle, director, Athletics & Recreation at Trent University. “We have athletes new to the varsity program training along the best in the country, some of which are Trent students, which really creates a great environment for all athletes.”
Collaboration is the key to these camps, which will bring together ten new and established talents, including Trent’s Trevor Jones and Daniel Bullock, who are five to eight years out from their likely Olympic debut. Additionally, the camps mark an exciting new experiential learning opportunity for Trent Kinesiology students who will be able to contribute to and participate in a hands-on learning through the project.