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Riggers initiative changing lives

Riggers at Springwood State High School

As part of the Australian Sports Commission’s Youth Participation Project (YPP), Rowing Australia has been running pilot programs across the country in order to develop their approach for secondary schools.

One of the schools that has been involved in the pilot program is Springwood State High School in Queensland, who have been partnering with Commercial Rowing Club to deliver the program. These sessions have been a great success, and the school's Deputy Principal, Michael Ogier, is hoping to find ways to keep his students involved.

"Our program is small but very successful. We have now moved through a host of students who have progressed from an indoor ergo/fitness program to now being almost ready to compete in the forthcoming GCRRSRA school regatta series,” Michael said.

The students at Springwood have been developing their skills through playing games and using music to help with understanding and learning the continuous rhythm of rowing.

“It has been all about fun, engagement, commitment, teamwork and resilience,” he said.
The engagement with his students has been so successful that Springwood State High School have at least three quads of students who ‘just want to row’, and plenty more that would love to get involved in any form.

To learn more about the research that is taking place in the secondary environment, please click here. Alternatively, if you can provide any assistance to help Springwood continue their program, please click here.