> > > The media were gushing about the state of GB lightweight rowing after
> > > the excellent performances in Lucerne but looking at the Strathclyde
> > > entries the future doesn't look quite so rosy.
> > > Of the seven lightweight events we only have an entry in two of them.
> > > What does this say about lightweight rowing in British universities
> > > and clubs? Is the situation never going to change if there are hardly
> > > entry U23 crew boat entries at the Nat Champs? Should the Temple etc
> > > be an U23 event?
> > they're lightweights, of course they are not healthy, they just don't
> > eat enough
> actually the problem that we have at our club is that there isn't
> sufficient compation in ARA events for potential light weights to
> race. we always find that there are several particularly gift
> lightweights in our club, enough to put a 4 together at least, but
> they find themselves at a disadvantage cause the captains will not put
> them forward to race
eh? why on earth not? why don't they enter openweight events, lots of
lwt crews do and beat hwt crews whilst they do it. I have been racing
lwt for years and entered raced and won many openweight events, so as
they say size is not the issue here. Just looking at the recent nat
champs i can tell you that of the gold medal winning women hwt quad 3
of the crew were definitely lwt, and 2 of them were doubling up in lwt
events so they obviously didn't find it hard to race or win at
openweight did they? hwt events are good racing practise for the few
lwt events that there are in domestic regattas., although thinking
about it there are enough as it is; WHR, met, nat champs, ghent.
if your club's lwts are that 'gifted' then they will be able to
compete and win or at least medal in hwt and openweight events anyway
so what is the problem?
who is your captain? why is he such a cretin?