Archive for December, 2005

News release

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

For the first time, the Grand Valley State University rowing team will train in Florida over the winter break and race in a New Year’s Eve regatta.

Thirty athletes and two coaches will leave December 30 for Winter Park, Florida, for a week-long trip. Coach John Bancheri said while the team won’t compete again until March, the trip serves two purposes.

“This time of year is an easy time to back off of training, so we’re using this trip as a motivator for the upcoming season and a way to congratulate our athletes for their hard work,” he said.

Rowing at Grand Valley is a club sport, but it’s the oldest sport on campus. More than 200 athletes are crew team members; the top men’s and women’s teams compete against the top collegiate crews in the country. Last year, members traveled to Croatia to race against European crews.

Bancheri said alumni crew members helped raise money for the Florida trip. Rowing club president Rachel Truelove, a native of Traverse City, said the trip will give the Lakers a head start on the spring season. The teams travel to Murray, Kentucky, on March 12 for a race against Murray State University.

“With the experience we get in Florida, we’ll be able to get a jump start on our southern counterparts,” Truelove said.

Media note: John Bancheri can be reached via cell phone at (616) 262-9537.

Florida Itinerary

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

Winter 2006 “Technical Vacation” in Winter Park, FL.

Dates: Saturday, December 31, 2005 to Saturday, January 7, 2006

Location: Winter Park High School Rowing Facility on Lake Howell
Emergency contact phone number at the lake is:
Coach Daniel Bertossa (321) 287-7089

Equipment Usage and Dock Fee: Winter Park High School (Coach Dan Bertossa) has graciously offered the use of their facility at NO COST for GVSU for this year. Normally it would cost around $2000. to rent the boats, launches, oars, docks, etc. In exchange for the use of the facility we will offer to do a project around their boathouse.

Extended Stay Hotel
1776 Pembrook Drive
Maitland, FL.
Has fully equipped kitchens in each suite. About 7 miles from the venue.

Travel Arrangements:
2 – 15 passenger vans are leaving Allendale on Friday at 7-8:00am Dec. 30, 2005. Coach Keith Bouwmann will contact van riders regarding transportation to/from Orlando
Return to Allendale sometime late Sunday, January 8.

Your Costs:
Transportation (airfare), meals, donation to defray the cost of the hotel. Also, you may want to consider the cost of going to Disney and/or any other side trips.

Donation Structure:
Minimum donations are: $50. if you fly. $100. if you drive.

501c3 TAX-DEDUCTIBLE – Donations can be made in an athletes name to:
Grand Valley State University Rowing Club
1 Campus Drive
110 KC
Allendale, MI 49401-9403

You cover your own airfare to/from Orlando (MCO). We will arrange to pick you up and drop you off at the airport. Plan to arrive anytime before 4pm.
Plan to depart on Sat. after 11am. However, if you find a cheaper, earlier flight, take it.

Training plan:
First practice on Sat. evening Dec. 31 at 5:00pm
“New Year’s Eve Regatta”

Daily practice schedule:

AM- open for Church Services

Monday, Wednesday and Friday
8:00-9:45am Practice I
10:30 – Noon Practice II
5:00 – 7:00pm Practice III

Tuesday and Thursday
8:00-9:45am Practice I
10:30 – 11:30am Practice II
PM – OFF FREE TIME (Beach or Disney)

Saturday, January 8, 2005
Travel Day and check out

This “Technical Vacation” is a wonderful opportunity to improve our rowing skills (in daylight) as well as get a jump start on our southern counterparts. Each practice will be focused on individual stroke development and improving the teams skill as a whole. Tha advantages of attending a camp like this are great and will have a direct impact on our boat speed when we finally return to the water in March.

Coach Bancheri

New Look

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

Gvsu rowingThe Grand Valley Rowing Team would like to present to you our new look! This website is your new source for all news related to the club, it will be updated regularly and will stay current. We invite you to look around and see the new features. Desilikace . domain expiring Be sure to stop by often to see what is new. Thank you for your interest in the Grand Valley Rowing Team.

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