A Rowing Gap Year Down Under
Gippsland Grammar Rowing (GGR) in Victoria, Australia has an opportunity for three international graduates to spend 9 months from July 2017 helping to develop and shape their rowing squad.
Gippsland Grammar is located in the south of Victoria to the east of Melbourne. The School Rowing Program applies the grammar values to a sporting environment by facilitating the pursuit of excellence and teaching students the skills which transcend the art of rowing and enhance their development as young men and women.
For a small rowing program, GGR has maintained a strong presence at State and National level in recent years. They enjoyed medal success on multiple occasions at the Victorian State Championship regattas, winning 8 medals (3 Gold) from 10 entries in 2017. GGR crews excel on a National scale too. Most recently their Senior Women’s Captain was selected to compete for Australia in the Junior Women’s 8 bound for the Junior Worlds in Lithuania – exceptional considering she spent the season in the single (finishing 5th at Nationals in her own right). The GGR Director of Rowing is a Victorian State team coach, winning the Inter State Men’s Quad for Victoria in the past 3 seasons at the National Championships.
With the luxury of several kilometres of uninterrupted water, a serene backdrop of lush countryside and the tranquillity of Gippsland’s finest waterscapes, the rowers at Gippsland Grammar are able to concentrate on enjoying themselves as they push themselves and their boat to the limits to find that one perfect stroke and easy speed.
Gippsland rowers work hard. Their senior rowers train 9 times per week through a carefully constructed training plan established by the experienced Director of Rowing, in conjunction with our experienced Strength and Conditioning coach, Tom Wheeler.
The aims of the school are simple – to introduce juniors to rowing and help them learn to enjoy the sport, to love learning the sport. The rowing club builds on this love developed as junior to help the intermediates to learn to train and to compete. The desire is to increase the expectations but demonstrate the clear rewards of training – that is, the students quickly see their efforts are repaid in speed. As a senior GGR rowers train to win setting their sights high and train with intent. Even at this stage, the club keeps the love of rowing at the forefront of their minds.
If you are experienced as a coxswain or boatman, or if you’ve studied a sports related degree, then you’ll be in a great position to add extra value to the program beyond your skills on the water as a coach. Your technical expertise and knowledge is valuable, and you will be free to express yourself as a coach, to explore your methods and to learn from your peers and Director of Rowing. GGS will enable you to qualify as a Level 1 coach under the Rowing Australia National Coach Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) so that you return home with another string to your bow.
If the Gippsland rowing family sounds enticing to you, and you want to be part of a great community, then apply via the school website:
Go on, apply! It’s a good catch!
The opportunity to join the GGS rowing program as a gap year coach is a wonderful chance to bring your passion for rowing to life as you guide and coach children in the beginning of their rowing journeys. The season runs from July to April so you’ll arrive after Henley and exams, straight in to the beginning of their early season training.