Aiming High

The ability to set clear, tangible goals and devise a robust route to achieving them

How does rowing help?

“This skill is about being able to plan effectively - both to achieve organisational goals, and also to set their own personal development targets. Initially, this is about knowing when something is too difficult, and having a sense of what doing well looks like for an individual.”

Our young people learn the foundations of aiming high, pushing themselves on the rowing machine and getting outside of their comfort zone on the water. Recognising when something is too hard both physically and mentally is key to becoming a better rower. An ability to identify successes even when something goes wrong or a session goes to plan will enable and individual to excel at rowing.

The focus is then about working with care and attention, taking pride in success and having a positive approach to new challenges. Building on this, individuals set goals for themselves, informed by an understanding of what is needed, and then be able to order and prioritise tasks, secure resources and involve others effectively.

Rowing offers new and constantly varying challenges, from rowing on your own in a single, to learning to push yourself on a rowing machine, to working well in a crew. Learning to approach these things positively working towards the teams' goals whilst also managing your own is one of the best lessons taught by rowing.

At the higher steps, the focus is creating plans informed by an individual's skill set, with clear targets, and building on external views. At the most advanced level, individuals develop long-term strategies. These are informed by an assessment of internal and external factors, structured through regular milestones and feedback loops.

After training and competing rowing offers a unique ability for participants to choose their own path and their own rewards, with the ability to run and captain their school or junior club, move to running and competing a local and national level.  

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