We have two candidates vying for the position of Women’s Squad Captain this year. Both candidates have published manifestos on Facebook, but as some members don’t have ready access to Facebook I’ve provided copies below. In alphabetical order:
As Ladies Captain I believe my role is to enable/ensure that:
- Every rower can achieve their rowing ambitions, whatever they may be.
- Every member’s voice is heard.
- Every member has access to equipment and coaching (within the limitations of available resources and that those resources are managed sensibly).
- Every member feels valued and accepted.
- Every opportunity is taken to promote the Club, in order to encourage new people to take up the sport, and hopefully, to like it enough at PCRC to want to stay with us.
- Every rower has a structured induction to the club so that they either know where information/resources can be found or they are comfortable that they know who to ask.
- Every rower has a structured gym/ergo induction and a tailored training plan, taking account of their individual circumstances, availability and rowing aspirations.
- Every rower feels that there is a place for them in an appropriate crew or squad.
Good Afternoon Ladies and All,
As most of you now know I am standing for ladies Captain so please see my reasons why here, please feel free to chat with my if you have any questions or would like more information 😄👍
A bit about me:
I started rowing at the age of 16 at St.Leonard’s School boat club, I had many successes here including rowing in the winning crew in the Durham v Newcastle boat race. I then moved onto Durham ARC as a stepping stone between school and university rowing. I had many successful years of rowing for Heriot-Watt University where I encouraged many of my fellow students to take up the sport. My time there was not just spent supporting newcomers to the sport but also picking up some nice silverware such as Scottish Champs and British University wins and also an award for outstanding performance in rowing. I very much believe this experience rowing at various levels in various club styles puts me in a good position to be your Women’s Captain.
- Improve Communication – Improve communication between the whole women’s squad, ensuring major decisions are discussed with all, empowering everyone to have an input and making sure everyone knows what events crews are planning to attend and promoting the sense of community.
HOW: I aim to do this by providing regular updates on the Ladies Facebook page, holding meetings/polls for key decision making and being present at the club as much as possible (for an average week this would be mon, tues, wed, thurs evenings and sat mornings) so I can chat to people and so people can chat with me.
- Efficient use of resources – Make best use of the fantastic facilities and coaches/boatmen we have and where necessary support the introduction of extra resources.
HOW: Continuing with the use of the Captain’s permission system but ensuring this is done in a fair and transparent manner. If necessary actively enlisting extra coaches.
- Retain and attract new members – improving the mechanism for people moving up through the squads, particularly those coming out of the learn to row courses.
HOW: Provide a structure by which graduates from the learn to row courses can be put into crews. Ensure the development crews continue to improve and have a route to move between crews as they progress. Ensure woman with similar goals, aspirations and commitment levels are brought together to create harmonious crews but also ensuring those who prefer to remain out of crew boats feel included and supported.
- Be a strong lead for PCRC Women – Inspiring, promoting and supporting each and every woman. Promote achievements of the whole women’s squad to the club and wider rowing community and being welcoming to all.
HOW: Regularly attending racing events supporting all women’s crews at all levels, engaging with other clubs and standing as a strong ambassador for PCRC.
Feel free to add any questions for the candidates to the comments section below.