Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Steve Redgrave - Motion in Action


Sometimes it is not any one individual feat that defines someone’s “greatness” as much as it is the culmination of the many accomplishments they have made as a whole. Sir Stephen Geoffrey Redgrave is one such example that exemplifies this very scenario.
Stephen Redgrave (Now known as Sir Stephen Redgrave after receiving the prestigious Knighthood during the 2001 New Year’s Honors List) was born on March 23rd of 1962 in Marlow, England. While he does not publicly speak much about his past, his incredible list of records speaks for itself.
Steve Redgrave was a British Rower in his earlier years. This at least, is what brought him international fame and recognition. His feats and capabilities as a coxswain manifested themselves early on, but he will likely always be best remembered for his Olympic accomplishments. Steve Redgrave first arrived on the Olympic scene during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles , California . He won his first Olympic Gold Medal during the Coxed fours events. He again appeared in the Olympic rowing competitions in during the 1988 Olympic Games held in Seoul , South Korea and won another Gold Medal, this time in the coxless-pairs event. He also managed a second medal. He won a Bronze medal in the coxed-pairs events as well. Anybody who is an avid follower of the Olympics knows that scoring two gold medals in consecutive Olympic Games is an amazing accomplishment, but Sir Stephen was not finished, at this point he had barely even started his amazing list of Olympic deeds.
His third Olympic appearance was in the 1992 Olympics held in Barcelona, Spain. During the 1992 games he managed to win a Gold medal in the coxless pairs again. Three consecutive gold medals is an accomplishment which is almost unheard of, but still he was not done. During the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta, Georgia he scored yet again. Once again, his strongest competition was the coxless pairs and he won his fourth gold medal in four consecutive Olympic Games. He vowed never to compete again in the Olympics after he had won the gold in Atlanta, but shortly afterwards decided that he had chosen his words prematurely. He did indeed participate in the 2000 Olympics held in Sydney, Australia. Could this (now) aging coxswain still compete with the world’s best competitors though?
The Olympic Competition in Sydney, like all Olympic competitions, is between what are arguably the best athletes in the world from any given sport. Sir Stephen had seen his better days. Recent problems with his health led many people to doubt his ability to be truly competitive in such a gathering of exceptional athletes. He still worked very hard in his chosen field though, and he always had the encouragement and found the motivation to excel in whatever endeavor he chose to undertake. During the Sydney Olympics he went on to win his fifth consecutive Gold medal, this time in the coxless fours event. This made him the first Olympic rower in history to accomplish such an amazing record. Never before in Olympic history had any rower racked up Gold in five consecutive Olympic challenges. His receiving the Knighthood and his title was a direct result of the hard work and effort he put forth in his Olympic competition.
While this in itself is Olympic history and one of the great all time moments in Olympic sports, Sir Steve still was not done. His love of sports and athletic competition did not stop with rowing. Sir Stephen was also a member of the British National Bobsleigh team in the 1989-1990 season. To this day he has held numerous world records and still holds an Olympic record. His personal effort and thoughtlessness perhaps, make an even larger picture of Sir Stephen possible. These also help to include him among the ranks of the “best-of-the-best” among historic Olympic figures.
While his Olympic and athletic prowess is beyond question, his personal endeavors are even more impressive. He continues to raise large amounts of money for charity, raising most of the money for children’s charities. He has his own charitable organizations which he promotes selflessly. He is very active not only in the world of sports, but the business world as well. His continued efforts beyond his sports ability alone truly separate Sir Stephen from other, more common heroes. His approach to life makes a greater impact on more people than most people believe is humanly possible. While he should not only be remembered for his accomplishments in the sporting world, Sir Stephen Redgrave could (And should) indeed be a role-model for just about anybody, making him a true spotlight in time to be remembered from the Olympics.

Elisabeta Lipa-Oleniuc - 6 Times Olympian


Not just anyone can win an Olympic medal never mind win medals in six different Olympiads. Four people have achieved this amazing feat in Olympic history. Although some of them have appeared in the so-called lesser profile Olympic sports, it does not detract from their incredible sporting achievements. Elisabeta Lipa-Oleniuc, from Rome, is one of these elite four.
She was born in Siret, 26 October 1964, and started rowing at the age of 16, in 1980. Elisabeta competed since 1988 as Elisabeta Lipa. She is one of the few women to have won medals in six separate Olympics in her career; in fact she won something every time she participated. In the year 1992 she made her living working for the Romanian version of the CIA. In 1996 in Atlanta she became the first rower in Olympic history to win a total of six medals, when she helped the Romanian coxed eight to victory. She was chosen as the Romanian flag bearer in 2004 and won Gold in the Eights at the age of 39.
Many would say that athletics and sports are sometimes more a game of fate than a test of endurance, and ‘you win some-you lose some’ but people like Elisabeta disprove this by performing consistently under high pressure – the pressure of their country’s expectations, the pressure they have from within and the pressure of the moment. After her decision to retire (following her last Olympics victory), she said ‘It was my last race (2004) I am very happy because I won five medals in six participation in Olympic games. I dedicate the medal to me.’ She added about her future plans that ‘I am going to rest after putting myself through the last two years of practice.’ Being the persistent champion that she is, with a habit of winning, she has accepted to represent Rome yet another time at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. If she wins gold there she will go down in the record books as the only rower with six Olympic golds.

At the age of 43 she would be the oldest rowing medalist at the Olympics. But this Romanian has an added reason for representing Rome in 2008 – she says ‘I put a condition to the Romanian Government for my presence at the 2008 Olympics - to build an Olympic six-lane waterway in Romania.’ Her influence is such at her country that her appeals definitely will not go unheard by the government of Rome. The president of Romania personally came down to watch her eight at Athens, and met the crew to congratulate them after their win (after the first round). This is an obvious self less gesture to help her younger colleagues gain maximum experience for future Olympic games She currently is titled ‘the most medaled rower in Olympic history.’ A competing rower Ester Workel from Netherlands, commented once (on rowing alongside Elisabeta), ‘when going into the race and knowing and knowing you are racing against her it gives you an added impulse.’ That’s a great reputation for a competitor in any field, to hold – the respect of members from your competing teams.
Rowing came into this superstar’s life at the age of 14, in 1979, when a recruiter visited her school at her hometown Botoshani. This person obviously saw the potential in young Elisabeta and in three weeks she was training in Bucharest at the Olympic Rowing Centre. Before the age of 20 she had bagged her first Olympic gold and three other world Championship medals (including a gold in one of them).

Elisabeta Lipa-Oleniuc is well known for her retirements! She announced retirement for the first time in 1996, after Atlanta, and did not compete for 3 years in fact. In early 200, she made her come back just in time to be part of the wining eight at Sydney (gold). Once again she retired after these Olympic games, only to make another comeback in 2003 to help her country qualify for the Athens Olympics. As history would have it, she’s set her sights on the 2008 Beijing Games, where we will see her lead Romania’s eight into perhaps another winning Olympic performance.

Elisabeta Lipa-Oleniuc has proved to the world that training and fitness are the key elements that make a champion out of a sportsman, and has been a fitting role model for her colleagues in the Roman Eight, and for many aspirants around the world. We hope to see her win many more championships.

Monday, July 21, 2008

YOU KNOW YOU ARE A ROWER WHEN.....

  1. everything you do is "in 2..."
  2. you need to have a small pushy person around telling you what to do all the time
  3. you can get up, get dressed and get out of the dorm before your eyes are fully open
  4. the phrase "cox box" doesn't make you giggle
  5. you believe the world wouldn't exist without spandex
  6. you only recognize your friends from behind
  7. when you need to go anywhere, you have a sudden urge to throw your car over your shoulder
  8. before you go anywhere, you are at Main 20 minutes early
  9. you stick water bottles in your shorts for no reason at all
  10. you believe all authority figures carry a megaphone
  11. you sit in class leaning to your rigger
  12. half your body is bigger than the other
  13. you blame bad moods on "the set"
  14. your friends need a rowing translator to decipher your language
  15. you can wear the same thing every morning for a week and not think twice
  16. you think sleeping late is waking up at 8:30.
  17. everything's a race: you walk quickly to class, just so you can pass people
  18. when someone mentions being awake, you turn parallel and set up for it.
  19. when you sit down in class, you look for the tie-in shoes.
  20. you constantly check the tightness of nuts in handrails, chairs, door handles, etc.
  21. you think gloves are for sissies, but a nice pair of poogies is really stylin'
  22. you bring up the beauty of the dawn, and people give you blank stares
  23. overhearing people talk about how little sleep they got causes you to smirk, and maybe get medieval on their ass
  24. your vision of going away for the weekend is other people's vision of Hell
  25. You admire the man who wears boxers under his spandex much more than a woman wearing a g-string under hers
  26. You watch videos together, and it's ok to say "She's looking really long."
  27. ...you're giving directions to a friend and you wonder why she's looking at you funny, until you realize you just said "turn to port" instead of "take a left."
  28. ...you dress and undress one-handed so you don't have to take your hand off the oar.
  29. ...every time you sit in a chair you are mildly surprised to discover that it doesn't slide back and forth.

Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, And Nobody

This is a little story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Coxwain : Tips untuk memperbaiki asas rowing

Latihan di air mesti di mulakan dengan latihan pemanasan badan (warm-up drill). Coxen boleh membimbing crew dengan aktiviti berikut :
  1. Hands only - pastikan crew dalam kedudukan normal (kaki lurus, tangan lurus). Beri arahan "All crew..... are you ready?...... hands only ..... GO!" mula mendayung dengan pergerakan tangan sahaja. Dayungan (catch) pendek dan rating (stroke rate) yang cepat.
  2. Hands & Body - dengan arahan "next stroke ...... hands & body ...... go". Pastikan setiap arahan yang dikeluarkan mempunyai sela masa yang cukup / setiap dayungan (stroke). Tujuan: untuk memastikan crew bersedia untuk menukar rentak dayungan.
  3. Half Slide - dengan arahan "next stroke ... half slide ... ready .... GO!". Pastikan crew mendayung mengikut rentak facer (crew#4), jarak catch & sliding yang sama dalam masa yang sama, bot berada dalam keadaan seimbang.
  4. Full Slide - dengan arahan " next stroke .... full slide ... ready ... GO!". sama seperti drill untuk half slide, coxen perlu memerhatikan keseragaman pergerakan, tahap oars/blade tenggelam setiap dayungan dan menegur segala kesalahan teknik.

Setiap satu warm-up drill perlu dilakukan dalam jarak 1/4 dari 2000m contohnya. Atau, 2 minit setiap satu. Kadangkala bergantung kepada coxen, jika coxen ingin membaiki kelemahan teknik dan fokus lebih lama pada satu-satu pergerakan. Di sinilah kita melihat peranan coxen juga sebagai pembantu jurulatih.

Sesuai diaplikasikan untuk beginners crew bagi membantu membiasakan diri dengan pergerakan & teknik yang betul. Objektif adalah supaya teknik yang betul dapat diautomasikan sebagai tindakan separa sedar (sub-concious movement). Jika teknik asas tidak dikuasai dengan betul, maka rowers akan terbawa-bawa keadaan ini sehingga ke peringkat intermediate & advance. Berdasarkan pengalaman, lebih susah membetulkan teknik setelah setahun atau jika sudah terlibat dengan pasukan kebangsaan. Ketika itu, pendekatan lain diperlukan. Kesannya, ketika masa diperlukan untuk meningkatkan kekuatan dan strategi perlawanan, sebahagiannya digunakan untuk membetulkan teknik-teknik asas.

Namun begitu, jangan lupa seseorang coxen perlu juga mempertimbangkan perkara2 berikut:

  1. Pemikiran positif - sentiasa berikan komen-komen yang positif & kritikan membina
  2. Arahan yang kuat & jelas - yakin dan pastikan crew faham setiap arahan
  3. Daya pemerhatian yang tajam - coxen perlu mengenalpasti bentuk kesilapan teknik dan membimbing crew untuk membetulkannya. Deria coxen perlu berfungsi bagi mengesan ketidak seimbangan dalam bot dan keseragaman pergerakan.
  4. Jangan menggunakan perkataan yang kasar/marah sehingga menimbulkan ketegangan.

Coxen yang bagus perlu tahu cara menaikkan semangat crew, sensitif terhadap pergerakan/teknik, peka dengan persekitaran dan perubahan sikap crew serta mampu memberikan maklum balas yang tepat jika diminta samada oleh crew mahupun jurulatih.

Monday, July 14, 2008

The Secret to a Fast Metabolism

A "fast metabolism." Just the sound of that phrase makes you visualize a rock hard, fat free body. Having a "fast" metabolism means that you're burning calories efficiently all the time, whether you're resting or training. When you have a slow metabolism, your diet doesn't work as well and even a well designed training program is rendered less effective. Slow metabolism syndrome is why it's possible for a person eating very few calories and "aerobicizing their brains out" to see little or no results. Your mission is clear: find ways to speed up your metabolism and get it revving as fast as possible. This article will show you how.

The practice of eating small, frequent meals - one approximately every three waking hours - is by far the most effective way to speed up your metabolism. It's so effective, in fact, that when you see the results, you may wonder why you've ever had any difficulty losing body fat in the past. After 12 to 16 weeks of strict pre-contest dieting on super clean high protein foods eaten six or seven times a day, competitive bodybuilders often have metabolisms "spinning" so fast, they burn through huge quantities of food - even junk food! (and they just keep getting leaner and leaner). Their bodies become like "human food incinerators," producing enormous amounts of heat and burning off calories at an alarming rate. When frequent eating is combined with the right food choices, your body will literally turn into a turbo-charged fat burning machine! Coincidentally, eating a properly constructed meal every three hours is also the only way to effectively build and maintain muscle. The longer you consistently practice the five to six meal per day discipline, the more muscle you'll develop. The more muscle you develop, the faster your metabolism will become - it's a positive, self-reinforcing cycle.

Why you will never reach your maximum potential without eating five or six meals a day.

Just how important is frequent eating? Well, let me put it this way: Comparing three "squares" to six meals a day is like comparing a 450 horsepower V-10, 8.0 liter Dodge Viper to a four cylinder Honda Civic. There's nothing wrong with a Honda Civic - it will get you where you want to go - eventually - but if you wanted to get somewhere in a hurry, which engine would you rather have? With a top speed of 192 mph, I bet you'd take the Viper wouldn't you? The odds are good that you invested in this program because you want to get results faster and reach your goals sooner. There are limits to how fast you can safely lose body fat, but high meal frequency will allow you to do it as quickly as possible. You can eat the right foods and work out daily but if your metabolism is inefficient it's like swimming upstream and fighting against the current.

I'm not saying you can't get any results on three meals a day - of course you can. A traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner, carefully selected using the guidelines in this program and combined with aerobic and resistance training, will definitely get you some noticeable results. Unfortunately, it will take longer, and if you have any substantial degree of endomorph in your body type mix, it might take much longer. If you have ambitious goals, such as bodybuilding or fitness competition (or if you just want to look like a bodybuilder or fitness model), then five or six meals per day is an absolute requirement.

What is the optimal number of meals? 4, 5, 6, 7... more than 7? ONE or TWO meals a day is a disaster. If you haven't been eating at least three times a day, you are causing serious damage to your metabolism. If you want to get your metabolism back up to speed, read the rest of this chapter very carefully and follow the instructions to the letter.

Eat THREE meals a day, properly balanced with the right nutrition foods, and work out hard and you'll get some results. But...you'll get about half the results you'd get from six meals a day and it will take you twice as long to get there. If you have less than "elite" genetics or a naturally slow metabolism, you may have serious difficulty on only three meals. And if you miss even a single meal, then you're causing metabolic damage.

If you eat FOUR meals a day, making intelligent food choices and combining your foods in the ideal ratios, you'll see substantial results. But you'll only get about sixty or seventy percent of the results you'd get from six meals a day and it will take you longer to get there, if you do get there.

FIVE meals a day? Now we're getting somewhere. Five meals a day will give you good results on a weekly basis. If you're a guy, you could still do better by adding a sixth meal.

SIX small meals a day is the answer! Two simple facts of physiology will explain why: (1) It takes about three hours to digest each meal, and (2) protein (amino acids) lasts about three hours in the bloodstream. If you sleep eight hours per night, that leaves 16 waking hours in the day. Six meals over 16 hours equals one meal every 2.7 hours. If your goal is five meals, then your target is one meal every 3.2 hours. Average it up for simplicity, and that's where the guideline of one meal every three hours comes from.

Five meals a day seems to be the optimal number for women and six meals is ideal for men. The difference is because men require on average, about 600-900 calories per day more than women. So, if five or six meals a day is good, then seven or eight or even ten must be even better, right? Well, not exactly. You could experiment with one extra meal and it might produce slightly better results. However, it takes a minimum of two to two and a half hours to digest a meal, so it doesn't make any sense to eat more than six or seven times per day. If you did, you would only be piling food on top of undigested food. How much you eat isn't as important as how much you fully digest and assimilate. Unless each of your meals was tiny, you also might be eating too many calories for the day.

Extremists that they are, some bodybuilders figure that if five or six meals a day is good, then seven or eight is even better. Heck, some of them even set their alarms and get up in the middle of the night to eat! As in most areas of life, when anything is taken to the extreme, there is a always a point of diminishing returns or even damage. If your goal is to gain muscle and you're that die-hard (dare I say crazy?), then knock yourself out. A light protein meal in the middle of the night might fend off some of the muscle loss that occurs naturally overnight as you sleep. But there's a trade off - uninterrupted sleep is important too. If your number one priority is fat loss, you're better off not eating late in the evening at all, let alone in the middle of the night. Get your zzz's - you're gonna need them with the training program I have in store for you.

This article is an excerpt from Tom Venuto's new manual, Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle (BFFM) - Fat Burning Secrets of the World's Best Bodybuilders and Fitness Models. Copyright 2002, by Fitness Renaissance, LLC. How To Quickly And Easily Lose Fat Permanently... Even In Your Mushiest Spots...Without Drugs, Without Supplements, and Without Screwing Up Your Metabolism! Guranteed!

http://www.thestretchinghandbook.com/archives/print/metabolism_p.php

Atlit & pemakanan

Semasa makan tengahari sejurus selepas program junior Sekolah Alam Shah Sabtu lalu, saya bertanya tentang perkembangan latihan atlit-atlit kebangsaan kepada Majai (ZulMajdi). Kagum dengan semangat mereka meski sibuk dengan jadual kuliah, mereka mengatur latihan sendiri. Kali terakhir mereka menyertai kejohanan adalah beberapa bulan yang lalu. Masalah utama yang mereka hadapi setelah berehat dari kejohanan tersebut adalah berat badan.

"Berat saya kini 78kg dan saya perlu menurunkan berat ke 70kg untuk acara lightweight. Sudah seminggu saya tidak mengambil nasi untuk diet dan menggandakan latihan seperti jogging bagi usaha menurunkan berat badan. Tetapi saya tidak nampak apa-apa perubahan."

Itulah antara keluhan mereka. Seperti yang saya jelaskan, struktur tubuh dan komposisi badan mereka bukan seperti orang biasa yang tidak aktif. Oleh itu, bukan mudah untuk mereka menurunkan berat badan dengan cara yang drastic seperti itu. Oleh itu saya merujuk kepada artikel yang dipetik daripada laman web: http://www.thestretchinghandbook.com/archives/print/metabolism_p.php. Di sebalik objektif utama mereka menurunkan berat badan, mereka sepatutnya menumpukan usaha bagi meningkatkan metabolisma.

Slow Metabolism Syndrome adalah salah satu punca utama kenapa seseorang mengambil kuantiti kalori makanan yang sangat sedikit dan menggandakan latihan aerobic hanya untuk melihat perubahan yang sangat sedikit atau tiada perubahan langsung.

Sebenarnya, rutin pemakanan yang sedikit tetapi kerap – setiap 3 jam setakat ini adalah cara yang paling berkesan bagi meningkatkan kadar metabolisma. Kerana keberkesanannya, bila anda melihat hasilnya anda akan tertanya-tanya kenapa anda mengalami masalah menurunkan berat badan selama ini.

Percaya atau tidak selepas 12 hingga 16 minggu anda mengamalkan rutin diet ini berserta pengambilan makan yang sesuai dan latihan aerobic, badan anda akan bertukar menjadi turbo-charge fat burning machine!

Perlukah saya terangkan lebih lanjut? Artikel yang saya paparkan akan menjawab segala persoalan anda. Selamat membaca dan mengaplikasikannya.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Rowing Junior Program: Updates

Cadangan pembentukan Kelab / Pasukan Mendayung Sekolah Alam Shah, Putrajaya:

1. Pembentukan Kelab/Pasukan
2. Perlantikan Ahli Jawatankuasa
3. Perlantikan Guru/Pegawai/Pengurus Pasukan yang tetap
4. Menetapkan jadual latihan
5. Menentukan kategori dan posisi crew
6. Merangka perlawanan

Pembentukan Kelab/Pasukan:

Memandangkan komitmen yang telah ditunjukkan oleh pihak sekolah, secara peribadi saya mencadangkan pembentukan kelab/pasukan secara rasmi. Dengan penubuhan kelab & perlantikan guru yang bertanggungjawab, segala keputusan & perancangan dapat dibuat dengan teliti. Segala bentuk komunikasi dapat diseragamkan.

Perlantikan Ahli Jawatankuasa dalam kelab:
Berdasarkan pengalaman saya semasa di kampus, perlantikan ahli jawatan kuasa akan dapat melicinkan program latihan di mana jurulatih dapat menumpukan perhatian terhadap pembentukan fasa-fasa latihan. Perlantikan di kalangan pelajar dapat membentuk sifat-sifat kepimpinan dan kemahiran komunikasi sesama mereka. Jurulatih akan memimpin mereka dalam melaksanakan tanggungjawab dan memupuk semngat kerjasama sepasukan.
Perlantikan Presiden Kelab, Naib Presiden, Setiausaha & Bendahari serta ahli jawatankuasa yang lain bukan sahaja membantu jurulatih malahan guru-guru yang terlibat. Disebabkan guru-guru mengambil giliran membawa kumpulan pelajar ini, status & perkembangan pelajar tidak dapat di laporkan secara berkesan kepada guru yang bertanggungjawab.

Selain itu, keperluan ini dapat memenuhi kepentingan mewujudkan pelapis yang akan membolehkan kelab ini terus berdikari dan hidup dengan sokongan pelajar yang lebih berpengalaman walaupun tanpa kehadiran jurulatih.

Perlantikan Guru/Pegawai/Pengurus Pasukan yang tetap:
Perlantikan ini akan dapat membantu jurulatih membuat keputusan dengan persetujuan bersama pihak sekolah. Guru ini akan dapat menyampaikan mesej atau keperluan-keperluan lain yang mungkin timbul. Kehadiran guru ganti tidak menjadi masalah asalkan ada seorang yang boleh membuat keputusan.

Menetapkan jadual latihan:
Jadual latihan telah di faks kepada Presiden PERDAMA. Jurulatih mendapat makluman terus daripada Presiden. Tidak timbul isu besar kecuali jika berlaku perubahan.

Menentukan kategori dan posisi crew:
Kemahiran mendayung memerlukan masa yang agak lama untuk diadaptasi. Untuk membolehkan 4 orang mendayung dengan baik, 5 sessi diperlukan secara berturut-turut bagi melatih mereka. Oleh itu, jika kategori & posisi pendayung dapat dikenalpasti lebih awal, masalah di atas tidak akan timbul.

Pembentukan kelab akan memastikan kesinambungan ini dimana pelajar-pelajar yang mendaftar dengan kelab atau pasukan sahaja yang akan turun untuk latihan.

Merangka perlawanan:
Seperti yang dimaklumkan oleh Cikgu Fadhil, perlawanan antara rumah-rumah akan diadakan. Oleh itu, ketegori bot harus ditetapkan lebih awal. Untuk memastikan kelancaran perlawanan tersebut, semua perkara-perkara atas perlu dipertimbangkan dengan teliti. Saya mencadangkan acara Coxed Four (M4+) & Eight (M8+). Itu bermakna setaip pasukan rumah akan menghantar sekurang-kurangnya 9 orang pemain. Atau 9 pelajar x 6 pasukan rumah, totalnya adalah 54. Tapi jumlahnya agak besar pula. Minima 5 orang sepasukan, atau total 30 pelajar wajib turun setiap kali latihan. Untuk makluman 9 pelajar bermaksud 8 crew + 1 jurumudi (coxwain) atau 5 pelajar bermaksud 4 pendayung bersama seorang coxwain.

Cadangan-cadangan yang tersebut di atas adalah berdasarkan kepada beberapa isu atau rintangan yang dihadapi semasa perlaksanaan program seperti berikut:
  1. Masalah komunikasi - percanggahan waktu latihan yang tidak tetap, tidak pasti siapa guru yang bertanggungjawab sepenuhnya, tiada keputusan dan sebagainya. Masalah ini diangagap telah selesai dengan penerimaan faksimili yang mengesahkan jadual aktiviti dan guru-guru yang bertugas.
  2. Penglibatan pelajar tidak konsisten - jurulatih terpaksa mengajar asas rowing setiap kali latihan kerana masih ada pelajar-pelajar yang baru pertama kali terlibat. Kesinambungan latihan kurang berkesan.
  3. Koordinasi & kerjasama sesama pelajar - Hubungan yang dingin antara sesama pelajar yang dibezakan mengikut tingkatan. Pelajar senior lebih cenderung memerintah daripada menunjukkan tauladan yang baik. Namun kawalan jurulatih mengurangkan dominasi & merapatkan jurang.

Saya membayangkan masa hadapan pasukan junior ini sebagai atlit kebangsaan yang boleh bermula seawal tahun 2010. Itupun bergantung kepada komitmen pihak pentadbiran sekolah dalam memastikan kesinambungan ini. Saya difahamkan terdapat 5 buah sekolah di sekitar putrajaya dimana jika dimanfaatkan "The Junior Boat Race" mungkin boleh diasimilasikan. Wah.. tingginya cita-cita. Tapi mana tahu, ada sejarah yang boleh dicipta.

Nota: Untuk pengetahuan, "The Boat Race" adalah acara klasik & bersejarah selama lebih 150 tahun yang masih dianjurkan hingga ke saat ini. Perlawanan bot eight (M8+) antara 2 universiti terkemuka Britain & dunia di Sungai Thames iaitu University of Oxford dan University Of Cambridge. Sila layari website ini : http://www.theboatrace.org/ untuk lebih maklumat terperinci.