Archive for month: January, 2020

This weekend sees the ACT facing its worst fire conditions
since 2003, with high temperatures, strong winds, poor air quality, and a
bushfire out of control in the Namadgi National Park. Given this combination,
Rowing ACT has decided to cancel this weekend’s CGS Regatta. This is to make
sure that athletes, coaches, volunteers, staff, spectators and families are not
put under duress, and that everyone has the opportunity to prepare themselves
and their properties for all eventualities.

Rowing ACT will now work towards holding a replacement regatta on Yarramundi Reach on Saturday February 22.

We hope that everyone stays safe during this time.

All of
the ACT rowing community are invited to our first Performance Pathways meeting
hosted by the new Rowing ACT Head Coach, Dave Fraumano. The meeting will be on
3 February 2020 and start at 6:30pm.

This a session where we will come together as a community, and work together to develop our sport.

In this
meeting, we will be speaking about safety, and processes for continuing the
improvement of our on water rowing performances.

The
meeting will go for 60mins and will be held at the ACTAS Shed at 14 Alexandrina
Drive, Yarralumla.

As we approach another week of uncertainty RACT have made the decision to shorten pathways/youth camp this weekend.

The camp will now run on Saturday 18th January 7.30-10am,
with an extra session from 10-10:30am for coxswains. There will NOT be any
sessions on Friday 17th or Sunday 19th.

Girls are to meet at CGGS shed for 7.30am and boys at
CGS. Please bring trainers, a water bottle and food for between sessions. Any
asthmatics must bring their puffers. If you are not an asthmatic, but the smoke
has been impacting your breathing in anyway, please let us know.

If you havn’t yet completed the forms, please send those
through asap.

Further training options will be discussed at a later
date.

Any queries please contact Renae on ractpathways@gmail.com or 0432 748
815.

Firstly our hearts go out to those who have been affected by the bushfires ravaging Australia, particularly south-eastern Australia. The devastation these bushfires have wrought across the country is truly heartbreaking and Rowing ACT will be working with Rowing Australia and other state rowing bodies to see what fundraising and support we can provide. Those wanting to donate to the relief effort can do so via the Red Cross at https://www.redcross.org.au/campaigns/disaster-relief-and-recovery-donate#donate. You can also donate goods via Givit at http://givit.org.au/.

Although bushfires
have not spread to the ACT so far, the smoke from surrounding bushfires has
meant our air quality has consistently been among the worst in the world over
the last few weeks. Rowing Australia has moved the Men’s National Training
Centre to Lake Barrington in Tasmania, and has closed their head office in
Yarralumla for the foreseeable future. Rowing ACT staff will work out of the
Rowing Australia building as conditions allow; we will still be available during
business hours via phone and email. Our High Performance camp has been moved
from Jindabyne to Sydney; we would like to thank those people from Jindabyne,
Rowing Victoria and Rowing NSW, as well as those from Mosman & Nagambie
Rowing Clubs, and the Queensland Academy of Sport, who have helped us with this
given the ever-changing conditions. Staff will continue to monitor conditions
with pathway camp and state team training details to come over the coming
weeks.

Given the poor air
quality (the Air Quality Index at Civic at 7am on 6 January was 1783, nearly 9
times the hazardous level), Rowing ACT recommends that people stay off the
water until conditions improve. Up-to-date air quality information can be found
on the ACT Health page at https://www.health.act.gov.au/about-our-health-system/population-health/environmental-monitoring/monitoring-and-regulating-air.
The poor air quality has meant that the AIS and ACTAS are periodically closing their
facilities; updates can be found on the ACTAS Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/actacademyofsport/,
and the AIS Aquatic & Fitness Centre Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AISAquaticFitness/.
The AIS position statement on smoke pollution and exercise can be found at https://ais.gov.au/position_statements#smoke_pollution_and_exercise.
This position statement recommends rescheduling strenuous outdoor activities
when the AQI is over 100. Please ensure that the air quality is good enough for
any on or off-water activities you take part in.

Lake levels are also very low, meaning that if you do get
out on the water then you will need to keep a close eye out for submerged objects
that may now be close to the surface. Given the lack of serious rain forecast
for the immediate future & continuing poor air quality forecast, any clubs
or schools due to host rowing camps during January should contact the visiting
clubs or schools if they have not already done so and suggest alternative
venues.

Those concerned about the conditions in the ACT can keep
track of current alerts via the ACT Emergency Services Agency website at https://esa.act.gov.au/. We ask that
everyone stay safe during this time.