… from a Novice Parent’s perspective
When our daughter announced that she was trying out for rowing last year, we listened with trepidation, vaguely recalling stories about 4.00am starts and second mortgages. Before long, she was arriving home spouting a whole new vocabulary…crabs and skulls were coming at us thick and fast, her appetite doubled and ‘abs’ appeared overnight. Whilst we were ducking for cover, our names ended up on a Driving Roster and a cake-baking list and invoices began arriving in my inbox with clock-work regularity.
As the season progressed, our car became a moveable feast of thermals and water bottles, pink buns and gym gear, our other kids and their homework. Week by week, the pace intensified. Soon, I was casually slipping rowing words into my Checkout conversations and looking forward to my new weekend pass time watching boats on a lake. I still found it a little odd that a handful of the senior girls seemed to have the same surnames on their T-shirts…Maadi. Thankfully, my husband knew marginally more than me and we managed to bungle our way through with our dignity intact, propped up by all the other long-suffering parents and wonderful committee members.
If you are teetering on the edge of indecision …shall we? shan’t we? …all I can say is we had the most fun of any school sports I’ve ever been involved with. The benefits for our daughter have been immeasurable. I will leave you to read what the girls’ sentiments are below, but from the parents’ perspective, it was worth every cent, every early start and every hour lost to some other task that ends up getting done later anyway. Not surprisingly, we’re back for Round Two. Sandie – Mum
… from a Rower’s perspective
Rowing is the best sport there is. Its not just about the actual sport but everything else that comes with it. It’s one of the most challenging sports there is (it’s a real sport, not a game!), but every hard thing about it is outweighed by the rewards that come from it. Rowing for Baradene is just as much about the friends you make, the fun regattas, and the travelling around NZ as it is about the rowing in the boat. I love how all “the rowers” become best friends, and every time you see one of them at school you always get a smile and a wave no matter if they are year 9, 10, 11 12 or 13 – everyone is friends with everyone. It is definitely the best sport, as the feeling you get when you pass the line knowing you’ve gained a medal position is possibly one of the best feelings I’ve ever experienced. Baradene Rowing has taught me so much, and most importantly taught me that rowing is what I love, and what I want to do. It has made me determined to work hard and train hard to be the best I can possibly be. Jemma – Senior Rower
… from a Coxswain’s perspective
I’ve been rowing now since Year 9 and am just about to go into my final season. The best feeling of rowing is when you have trained so hard for months and are then rewarded by getting to stand on the podium at the end of it. You make so many unforgettable memories throughout the season. All the hard work is definitely worth it and all the fun times along the way! Joining Rowing is one of the best decisions I have made since being at Baradene and has shaped me into the person I am today. All the girls are like family to me and the friendships I have made are ones I will have for a life time. Emma – Rowing Captain