Training for CSSRA

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - By: William W, Whittall ‘19; Photo by Jim Ganley

Over the past few months, rowing crews have been training in preparation for the Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association (CSSRA) Regatta in June. CSSRA is held in St. Catharines, Ontario on the second, third and fourth of June and is the largest high school regatta in Canada, if not North America. Crews come from all across Canada, the U.S, and even Mexico just to race at this massive event.

For the last few months, Brentwood’s crews have been pushing their limits to become as fast as possible before regatta time hits. As soon as the light permits, crews begin going out on the water as early as 5:45 in the morning - on top of their regular rowing in the afternoons.

The training is taxing, but necessary in order to be fast enough: if we can’t make the boats move fast, we don’t earn the trip to nationals. Despite the difficulty of training, the rowers stay determined to achieve their goals of qualifying for the CSSRA Regatta, and hopefully, to come home with Gold medals.

This weekend’s Shawnigan Lake Regatta was the last competition before crews depart for St. Catharines. It is our last chance to prove ourselves worthy before decisions are made as to which crews can make it to this lofty event. 

It will be an exciting weekend.

William W, Whittall ‘19 

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