Written by Marda Olson

Rowing Club of the Woodlands hosted its 3rd Annual Development Camp or British Sculling School of Texas for both Youth and Adult rowers on Lake Woodlands June 14-19. The six-day camp included two sessions a day covering skills in Sculling. It’s the only rowing camp in our area of its kind. Featuring individual instruction from Coach Ian Howell, a renowned and elite British rowing coach from the UK. The last day of camp highlighted skills learned and provided students with the opportunity to race against each other. “Every summer it just gets better” said junior rower Michael Pineda. “I learned so much from Coach Howell and can hardly wait to compete for RCTW this fall!”

The partnership between RCTW and Coach Howell will continue with a second session this summer in August. “It has become something our adults and kids look forward to all year” Coach Dee said. “We anticipate a long, worthwhile partnership with Coach Howell. One that will continue to provide excellent, safe, rewarding and technical instruction on a personal level.”

The success of the camp is based largely on the experience of Coach Howell, RCTW Coach Dee Hotop, and assistant Coach Joe Flynn. Their combined experience includes over 50 years of rowing knowledge and expertise. This year we are excited to add the expertise of more coaches to assist our athletes! Grant Tribble of RCTW has joined our staff of coaches. As well in August, Adrienne Howell and Jasper Elliott from Oxford-Brooks University will be joining Coach Howell for the trip. “The more coaches we have, the better, more individualized training we can provide each athlete”, stated Coach Flynn. “The more individualized the training, the faster most athletes will improve,” added Coach Tribble.

Rowing Club of The Woodlands has brought rowing to the community since 1989 and is committed to sharing this great sport! RCTW is a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation and offers an assortment of recreational, intermediate and elite rowing opportunities to the weekend rower and national-level competitor. It is located at the Woodforest Bank Boat House at Northshore Park. For information on attending camp in August, please call Coach Dee at: 832-510-7609 or check out our website at www.woodlandsrowing.org. All the details are on our calendar!