Thursday, June 26, 2008

UNITEN ROWING 2008

Berita terkini, acara disahkan berlangsung di Putrajaya Water Sports Complex, Presint 6 pada 5hb hingga 10hb Ogos 2008. Jemputan ke pertandingan ini akan diedarkan ke institusi-institusi berkenaan. Oleh itu, di harap persediaan awal untuk latihan dapat dirancang.

Imbas kembali: Pembangunan Sukan Rowing peringkat Negeri
Berdasarkan kepada pengalaman-pengalaman yang lepas, kesinambungan sukan rowing tidak dapat diteruskan di peringkat negeri atas sebab kurangnya jurulatih berpengalaman & atlit yang konsisten. Program Klinik Rowing tahunan pernah di adakan mengikut zon-zon seperti berikut:

  1. Zon Timur (Kelantan, Terengganu & Pahang)
  2. Zon Selatan (Johor, Negeri Sembilan & Melaka)
  3. Zon Tengah (Perak, Selangor & Kuala Lumpur)
  4. Zon Utara (Penang, Kedah & Perlis)

Saban tahun, penyertaan atlit mengetengahkan muka-muka baru. Acapkali latihan terpaksa bermula dari peringkat asas. Fasa latihan tidak dapat dibentuk dengan sempurna. Disebabkan sukan rowing ini memerlukan masa untuk mengasah kemahiran, tumpuan tidak dapat diberikan bagi meningkatkan kecergasan dan stamina. Pada ketika itu, jika dapat mengimbangkan bot sesama crew dan mendayung ke garisan penamat sudah dianggap satu kejayaan. Tahap kemahiran berada di takuk yang lama.

Insentif perlawanan: Kekerapan perlawanan juga menjadi faktor di mana satu-satunya kejohanan adalah Regatta Rowing Kebangsaan. Tiada insentif perlawanan dapat diberikan memandangkan peruntukan kejohanan yang terhad. Namun itu bukanlah sebab utama kerana ganjaran boleh di cari melalui penajaan. Saya percaya PERDAMA cuba menerapkan nilai bahawa atlit tidak seharusnya mengejar kemenangan demi hadiah kewangan sahaja. Meski perkembangan sukan & atlit rowing tampak hambar dan lembap, namun di sebalik itu segelintir atlit yang dihasilkan mempunyai semangat jitu yang tinggi dan masih ingin meningkatkan kualiti sukan masing-masing.

Tetapi, berdasarkan feedback dari atlit tempatan kurangnya sokongan dari persatuan membantutkan usaha-usaha ini. Jika atlit ini mendapat 60% sokongan seperti projek gemilang 2001 bersama kerjasama MSN, pasti perubahan dapat dilihat. Faktor-faktor berikut dilihat sebagai penyumbang utama:

  1. Bimbingan latihan di gymnasium
  2. Pemakanan dan supplement tambahan
  3. Psikologi sukan : mental training

Jurulatih rowing tempatan sangat terlatih dan pakar dalam latihan di air dan ergometer. Tetapi, untuk membentuk stamina dan kekuatan badan, bantuan pakar dari MSN boleh membantu. Apa yang tidak disedari oleh atlit adalah tindakbalas dari tubuh mereka terhadap rintangan & latihan. Kesakitan, keletihan & kelesuan seringkali di abaikan keperluan untuk memahaminya. Respon tubuh terhadap sesuatu memberikan tanda samada badan dapat menerima latihan atau tidak. Sekiranya PERDAMA dapat memahami keperluan-keperluan ini, pastinya atlit gembira dengan perhatian yang diberikan.

Kembali kepada tajuk di atas, kita cuba bongkar apakah yang boleh membantu meningkatkan prestasi pasukan universiti anda?

  1. Ketua/Pengurus Pasukan: Bentuk kelab mendayung di universiti. Lantik seorang presiden kelab, setiausaha dan pengurus pasukan. Rancang aktiviti dan latihan persediaan. Kekalkan pasukan yang sama setiap kali kejohanan. Lantik muka-muka baru sebagai pelapis. Ini bukan sahaja meningkatkan jatidiri anda bahkan kepimpinan dan pengurusan berkesan anda dapat diuji.
  2. Kem latihan: Rancangkan aktiviti tahunan berdasarkan kepada kejohanan-kejohanan yang dianjurkan. Buat kertas cadangan dan bentangkan di hadapan pihak pentadbir. Adakan kem latihan sekurang-kurangnya selama 4 hari sebelum setiap perlawanan. Atau dengan lebih konsisten pada/setiap hujung minggu, adakan camping di Boathouse, Empangan Batu Ulu Yam bagi tujuan latihan ini. Kos penginapan dapat dikurangkan yang pastinya pihak pentadbiran universiti sukar menolak kertas cadangan anda melihatkan kesungguhan ini.
  3. Coxwain (jurumudi): Jurulatih-jurulatih yang cuba dihasilkan melalui kursus-kursus kejurulatihan kebangsaan kurang menyerlah disebabkan faktor pengalaman & mungkin komitmen. Tanpa minat & kesungguhan yang luar biasa, jurulatih-jurulatih ini tidak akan dapat berdepan dengan cabaran-cabaran dalam pembangunan sukan. Tidak dapat dinafikan juga, faktor elaun dan gaji menjadi penentu kesinambungan. Adakah anda perlu diiktiraf jurulatih untuk meningkatkan prestasi pasukan universiti anda? Ya, di sinilah peranan coxen @ coxwain menjadi penting. Jika anda seorang coxwain, peranan anda sangat penting! Masa latihan di air sangat terbatas. Disebabkan kemudahan bot yang sukar diperolehi berhampiran dengan tempat anda, masa harus dihargai sepenuhnya. Kenalpasti coxwain anda dan pastikan mereka terlatih secukupnya untuk membantu memperbaiki kemahiran crew masing-masing

Dari semasa ke semasa, saya akan mengemaskini perkara-perkara di atas. Sehingga kita berjumpa lagi!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Putrajaya Water Sports Complex, Presint 6









Junior Training Program:Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah





Venue: Putrajaya Lake Club, Presint 8
Every Saturday: 9:00am to 12:30pm
Participants: 25 students form 2 & 15 students form 4.
Headcoach: Coach Halim
Asst.Coaches: Majai, Wan & Mus

Training Program has been divided into two phase. Indoor & Outdoor Rowing. The participants also been divided by two group base on their age form 2 & form 4.

Training Content: Indoor Rowing

  1. Introduction to the boat & equipment : Type of boats, rowers position, oars, stoke side & bow side, sliding seat, rigger and rudder.

  2. Ergometre : Rowing Machine equipment (flywheel, slider, seat & PM3 metre). Basic movement in rowing include 2 phases (DRIVE: Leg->Body->Arm & RECOVERY: Arm->Body->Leg).

Training Content: Outdoor Rowing

  1. On-water session: How to enter the boat, boat balancing & oars level on water


Hello guys! ROW..ROW..Row your boat...

First time on boat. First lesson: Balance your boat!Group of students waiting for their turn to row. Gosh! It's a hot day!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Becoming a Successful Coach

by: Damanhuri @ OCM

As a coach and role model, you will affect the lives of your players.Through your approach to coaching, you will show your players how todeal with many of the challenges they will face in life.

Take Delight in Young People
Liking kids has to be a priority. Your primary reason for coachingshould be to help young people grow, mature and develop in tosuccessful, well rounded and respected adults. If course we all wantto win, but if winning is the only thing that counts, you'll neverhave the pride and satisfaction that comes from your players succeed at life.
You have to coach for the right reasons. You must focus on teachingyour players proper values. Important values to teach includediscipline, hard work, conquering fear and tension, having pride intheirselves and their teammates, establishing attainable goals, andmore importantly stiving to accomplish those goals.
Don't coach for the wrong reasons, such as boosting your ego orwanting to be in the limelight. Don't use your players to fan yourego because then they become pawns instead of people.

Organization
You won't be able to accomplish everything that you want toaccomplish if you don't have a concrete, workable plan. Everypractice is a race against time, don't waste a minute. Determine whatyou want to accomplish for each practice in order to obtain your teamgoals. Your assistants must understand your plan and how you want thefundementals to be taught. You must also listen to imput from yourassistants and be willing to take their suggestions underconsideration. This should be done before practice so that no time is wasted.

Enthusiasm
Enthusiasm is a necessity whether you are coaching baseball,basketball, soccer, softball or volleyball. The thought of workingwith your players should motivate you and get you excited about whatthey are accomplishing. You should treat every player as if they wereBabe Ruth or Michael Jordan and every practice as if it were the lastgame of the World Series.

Patience
The ability to go over things again and again, never losingenthusiasm, is a must for a great coach. Every great athlete had amentor who had the patience to teach the fundementals of the sport.One of the greatest experiences of coaching is to see the leasttalented suddenly blossom, all because you never gave up on theplayer. The player will not forget how they became successful andwill take the same values into their lives.

Persistence
It is difficult to differentiate between patience and persistence,they go hand in hand for a coach. You must persist and you must teachyour kids to persist. Persistence in simple words, is never givingup. Each of us has failed at times but what is more important thanfailure is what we do after we fail. The greatest thing about defeatis that it is a powerful learning tool.

Sincerity
You must be sincerely concerned about your players, first as humanbeings and second as players. Being concerned, listening as well asteaching and sharing decision making will empower you players to playtheir best. Sincerity and concern mean that the game and its outcomeare secondary to the people playing it.

Fairness
Being fair goes along with sincerity and concern. Everyone wants afair chance to so what they can do. They want an opportunity! Eachday a coach must re-evaluate personnel. Never discuss one of yourplayer's abilities with another player on the team. Make onlypositive comments during and after practice and games. Never singleout one player to praise. I try to keep a list during the game andwrite down as many positive things that a player has done that I canfind. After the game I will go through the list and state a couple ofthings that each play did that helped the team.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Malaysian Rowers

The team was on their way to Manila Sea Games 2005. Location: KLIA

The scullers: From the left, Tonga (Syukri), Acap (Syahrul), Coach Hadi, Aidy (#1 fan), Dedeq (Nordiana) & Afong (Tan Suet Fong).


Moderator & the scullers.


Sunday, June 8, 2008

Just say row: Blindness is no handicap

by joe eskenazi
staff writer

When Aerial Gilbert first learned to row, her college coaches often advised her to close her eyes, shut out the distractions of the outside world and soak in the feel of the boat. She never could have realized how important the advice would turn out to be. Decades later, when a bottle of tainted eyedrops robbed Gilbert of her sight in 1988, it changed every aspect of her life. But one. “Being blind, you’re on an equal playing field in the boat as a sighted person. You’re rowing backwards, anyway,” said Gilbert, the director of volunteers at Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael. “As long as you have someone to guide the boat down the river, you’re on an equal field.”
Come Sunday, March 28, Gilbert will be inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame on eastern Long Island, N.Y., where a plaque in her name will be on permanent display. Gilbert was nominated for the honor by a fellow U.S. national team rower.
Rowing has been a huge part of her life ever since she was first transfixed by the awesome power and effortless synchronicity of sculls gliding across the surface of the water. But, following her accident — which police believe was the result of a disgruntled factory worker filling the eyedrop bottle Gilbert would eventually buy with lye — rowing has become the 49-year-old’s catharsis and refuge.
The sudden, painful blinding left Gilbert, a busy pediatric nurse and an athlete since age 2, unable to even walk safely around her own house. “The first six months, I didn’t handle it well. I didn’t go anywhere or do anything. But a friend from the boathouse said, ‘I’m taking you out rowing. You don’t have to see in order to row; we’ll take out a double,’” recalled Gilbert, who lives in Petaluma and now rows in two- and four-person boats. “It was like getting onto a bike after you learned how to ride when you were a kid. It was instantaneous. There were no problems. I just jumped in the boat and started rowing. Getting into the boat and moving through the world feeling strong and safe was an amazing opportunity for me. … I have to say, between rowing and getting my guide dog, those were the pivotal factors that allowed me to put my life together.” Gilbert immediately laid her own doubts to rest, but the rest of the world took some convincing. More than a few boathouse owners were reluctant to allow a blind rower out
onto the waves for fear she would run into something and ruin the expensive boat. They sang a different tune, however, once they saw her out on the water. That’s not to say there haven’t been dicey moments out there.
While competing in a race in the last Petaluma River Regatta, a stray eight-man boat crossed Gilbert’s path. She was smacked across the back by an oar and propelled into the water. Gilbert had the wind knocked out of her, but quickly found her way back into the boat, kept rowing, and her two-person boat finished second in the race. In addition to rowing in Master’s Division tournaments, Gilbert has helped to start up an “adaptive division” U.S. national team boat, featuring a pair of blind rowers and a pair of above-the-knee amputees. Competing in the 2002 World Rowing Championships in Milan, Gilbert’s adaptive boat took home the bronze medal.
Her inauguration in the Sports Hall of Fame — yes, she says with a laugh, there is such a thing — is a double victory. Not only is it a win for disabled athletes, it’s also a big step for an athlete in a non-major sport.
But Gilbert’s biggest thrill will come when more young people hop into boats and prove that blindness may be a disability, but it’s no handicap. “There are sports where blind kids can participate with other blind kids, but there are no other sports where blind youth can participate equally with sighted kids,” she said. “Since I’ve lost my sight, rowing is the only time during my waking hours when I can forget I’m blind. Other times, I’m really aware of it. But I put all my power into it and I don’t have to worry about running into everything. I can just row.”


CopyrightJ, the News Weekly of Northern California
Rowing Canada Aviron

Monday, June 2, 2008

Adaptive Rowing

Adaptive rowing is rowing or sculling for rowers with a disability who meet the criteria set out in the Adaptive rowing classification regulations. Adaptive implies that the equipment is “adapted” to the user to practice the sport, rather than the sport being “adapted” to the user.

The International Rowing Federation (FISA) is the sole world governing body for Rowing, and the sport is practiced by athletes in 24 countries. It was introduced into the Paralympic programme in 2005 and will hold its first Paralympic events in Beijing in 2008.

Adaptive rowing is open to male and female rowers, and is currently divided into four boat classes which are part of the World Championships programme: LTA4+, TA2x, AW1x and AM1x.The LTA4+ and TA2x are mixed gender boats. Races are held over 1000 metres for all four events (although LTA4+ was raced over 2000m until the 2005 World Rowing Championships).

ELIGIBILITY & CLASSIFICATION

A. LTA (Legs, trunk and arms)
The LTA class is for rowers with disability but who have the use of their legs, trunk and arms and who can utilise the sliding seat. LTA rowers must meet minimum disability requirements in at least one of the following three disability groups:
(1) Intellectual disability
(2) Visual impairment
(3) Physical Disability


B. TA (Trunk and Arms)
The TA class is for rowers who have trunk movement but who are unable to use the sliding seat because of significantly weakened function of the lower limbs as defined below.
Eligible TA rowers would typically have a minimum disability equivalent to at least one of the following:
1.
• Bilateral around knee amputation, or impaired quadriceps, or
• Neurological impairment equivalent to a complete lesion at L3 level, or an incomplete lesion at L1, or
• Combination of the above such as one leg with around knee amputation and one leg with quadriceps impairment; or
2.
• have been classified by the international sports federation for athletes with cerebral palsy (CP-ISRA) as eligible to be in CP Class 5.

C. A (Arms Only)
The A class is for rowers who have no or minimal trunk function (i.e. shoulder function only). An A class rower is able to apply force using the arms and/or shoulders only. The classifiers shall adopt a Functional Classification Test in their assessment process, using the scale set out therein.:
Eligible rowers would typically have a minimum disability equivalent to at least one of the following:
• Cerebral Palsy Class 4 (CP-ISRA); or
• Neurological Impairment with a complete lesion at T12 level, or an incomplete lesion at T10, or
• Functional impairment of rectus abdominis (Beevor’s sign).

Refer more details at this link:
http://www.worldrowing.com/index.php?pageid=17
http://www.rowingcanada.org/domestic_rowing/adaptive/