In the words of Vince Lombardi "winning isn't everything but the thought of winning is". This thought entwined with the renewed collective passion of the women's senior squad to achieve our very best has been the driving force behind our training camp at the club over the Easter break.
The squad consisted of 18 people each day with two 8s and the Kugele twins in their own double. With a total of 18+ women boating and training together it was an essential step-change after a challenging three months prior and the enforced hiatus, which was then compounded by the novices studying for their finals.
To help us on our way, we were blessed with some glorious weather, and about time too!
Hayley and Rachel Kugele in the double scull were the lead boat throughout our interval training, demonstrating their expertise and dedication throughout the week. The three crews worked on developing their strengths and diluting their weaknesses.
The squad developed steadily over the camp with a range of positive outcomes by the end, and the IM3 crew proving too strong for the novice women, but I am glad to say, not by too much! That being said, the training camp proved influential in terms of both motivation and commitment with a desire to achieve which has rejuvenated the squad ready for the impending regatta season.
Lombardi states the 'thought of winning' should be the motivating force not necessarily the winning every-time. By working as three boats, line astern and side by side, when the river traffic permitted, we once again enjoyed the feeling of competing and giving our all so that we could win. The thought of winning has been etched into our consciousness and I know that we will do our best for the club, our colleagues and ourselves.
One final quote from Lombardi: "The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand".