Winter Training in Full Swing
Winter training is in full swing at the wharf! Mobjack athletes are training four days per week in an effort to prepare for the Spring 2022 racing season. As with many teams, COVID guidelines and protocols meant that our ranks stayed relatively small for a year because the coaching staff could not safely take on new rowers and train them in singles...we tried! The team is proud to say that our ranks have increased from 8 rowers to a little over 20.
So, what does this mean for our Spring 2022 season? In the spring most rowers switch over to Mathews High School Crew. The MHS crew team will be attending regattas at Sandy Run Regional Park in Northern Virginina to row on the Occoquan- meaning more competition. During the 2020 - 2021 season MRA/MHS rowers competed in many scrimmages at home with Great Bridge and Albemarle- and we were extremely thankful for some sort of competition. MHS Rowers were only able to attend the State Regatta in Occoquan- and even walked away with a medal in the Women's Jr. Quad despite only competing with 2 to 3 other teams during our scrimmages. This year we are looking at attending at least 3 regattas in addition to our State Regatta in May.
What happens to Mobjack in the Spring? It's still in existance! MRA will continue to work with and train 7th grade students, homeschooled students, and students from outside of the county. If you are interested in rowing during the spring, practices start mid-February. If you are an 8th grade to 12th grade Mathews High School student, your fee is paid by donations and grants. If you are a 7th grade student, homeschooled student, or a student from a neighboring county, there is a fee involved to row.
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