The Melbourne Grammar School (MGS) rowing program supports over 120 students every summer in learning and practising the sport of rowing.
Rowing in the MGS rowing program is demanding, challenging, rewarding and, most of all, life changing. Rowing teaches the students skills in all areas of life, from time management, decision making, health/fitness, commitment, discipline, mateship, leadership, sacrifice, struggle, stress and disappointment. Finding better ways to develop and foster those skills will build on the students’ confidence and give them a greater sense of ownership of the rowing program. The culture of the MGS rowing program is focussed on rewarding effort and positive intent from the individual.
The fundraising program will assist in giving the students the best experience possible, allowing individuals and teams to perform at their best during training and racing.
Newer and better equipment will maximise time spent rowing on the water by reducing equipment sharing or breakage of old equipment.
Newer equipment is more user-friendly to students and coaches when setting up for each session.
Improved equipment will allow for higher quality of training on the water.
The majority of the junior (year 8 and 9) boats are old and heavy. Manual handling of these boats can be a difficult task for the young students.
Single Sculls are vital in training boys the skill of rowing, teaching balance and technique. They are rowed by one person with a pair of sculling blades (oars), one in each hand.
Sculling boats are permitted for use in the pre-season training program and are used by every MGS rower at some stage. New Single Sculls are required for a successful rowing program.