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University rowers: tips for your first year of rowing

If you’re a novice university rower then read on for some top tips about enjoying your experience from John Laurenson, former chair of Bath University Boat Club, and a member of the Junior Rowing News team

While eager to get going and full of energy, starting a sport like rowing can be daunting, given most people come in with zero experience and a lot to learn. Couple this with the intensity and fast-paced nature of the first year at university, and novices can quickly find themselves battling to reap the rewards of this fantastic sport without having to sacrifice too much of their social lives – a central part of anyone’s university experience. 

In this article, I’ll use my experience and some words of wisdom from novice coaches across the country to provide some tips on having a great time in your first year of rowing.

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