This is an advanced sculling camp that may include sweeping if scheduling allows. This camp is designed for rowers who already have advanced skills and want to focus on refining the techniques needed for advanced or competitive rowing. Campers in this clinic should have rowed consistently for at least two years, have competent steering (including toe-steer) and boat handling skills and be able to row safely without constant supervision. They must also be able to launch and recover their boat independently and, if they flip, either re-enter the boat or swim it to shore. Registrants should also have the fitness to maintain high stroke ratings for at least six minutes. Though not a requirement, campers in this clinic ideally should be able to comfortably row about a 5-minute 1K on the water.
A coach for more than 40 years, Lesleh grew up in a rowing family in St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada, home of the Canadian Henley Regatta. She first tried rowing at age 11, rowed in bow seat for her high school program and was persuaded to try the coxswain’s seat to leverage her diminutive size and strong personality. In 1977 at age 16, Lesleh was named coxswain on the Canadian National Team, participating for many years. She steered the Canadian Women’s 8 as coxswain in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Her coaching roles have included the Oxford University Women’s Team, Masters Coaching, the Occoquan International Men’s Team and ZLAC in San Diego, the oldest women’s rowing club in North America, where she was head coach. Lesleh is a founder of Chinook Performance Racing and owner of SteeringUWright. Of coaching for Rio, Lesleh says, “Tempe, Arizona, is absolutely a hidden gem, with almost-always perfect conditions that I secretly want to keep on the down low.”
DATES 03/10-12, 2023
COST Members: $525
4 spots available