At the start of a season, the club recruits and welcomes new members from all parts of college: freshers, to those who wished they’d signed up in first year, to postgraduates. This year, we are training an unprecedented 55 new rowers as the whole club works together to coach the novice rowers, organise social events and help new members integrate with our club’s community. It is this mobilisation of all existing members, which ensures John’s has one of the best novice programs in Durham.
The first event as a novice rower at John’s is the Novice Cup – an inter-collegiate race, which takes place in Durham at the end of first term. Crews, of four and a cox, are assembled at the beginning of the term, to allow for as much training as possible before the Cup. This training consists of water sessions, fitness sessions, and sessions on the rowing machines, preparing new members for life as a rower!
Once the Novice Cup has taken place, the novice rowers are invited to join the senior squads; these cater for all levels of commitment: from the performance squad, for those who wish to compete at a high level, to the casual squads, for those who love rowing on the Wear with friends, but are not interested in racing.
This years intake are preparing for their first outings on the river, so we wish them luck in their training and in Novice Cup!
Huw Jarman - Novice Co-ordinator