NBP Winter Sculling Camp
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NOTE: The December and January camps have been postponed.

Over the winter months, the water at Nathan Benderson Park won’t be too still.

That’s because athletes who want to get to a higher technical and performance level will slice through the water in December, January and February. 

The park partnered with AMP Rowing and Hudson Boat Works to present winter sculling camps. The camps are designed to improve rowers’ proficiency during training and racing. 

The camp will offer 13 on-water sessions and a number of off-water conditioning and debrief instructional sessions. The debrief sessions will be informed by both video and feedback from biomechanical systems on the boats, all of which will be supplied by Hudson.

Camp coaches will also offer rigging advice to ensure participants are set up optimally in their boats, increasing speed.

Numbers for the camp will be kept small to ensure intensive small-group instruction. Organizers say the athlete-to-coach ratio won’t be greater than five athletes per coach. Social distancing is built-in, on the water and off.

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Four coaches are scheduled to guide campers:

• Al Morrow, the former Canadian National Team coach and multiple Olympic and world championship medal-winning coach, is an AMP Rowing partner who’s coached since 1976 and is a member of eight sports halls of fame.

• Peter Cookson, former high performance director for Rowing Canada Aviron and coach of many successful club, university and national programs around the world, is an AMP Rowing partner. He was team leader at two Olympic Games and two Pan American Games, and he’s been involved in rowing at all levels for more than four decades.

• Casey Galvanek, the CEO and head coach of Sarasota Crew and head coach of the men’s under-19 national team. Galvanek has taken 11 boats to junior world championship level, under-23 level and senior worlds. The boats brought home two golds, a silver and a bronze.

• Matt Muffleman, who represents Hudson Boat Works, is also based in Sarasota. Muffleman made six U.S. national teams in both sculling and sweep, highlighted by stroking the gold-winning U.S. lightweight men’s 8 at the 2008 World Rowing Championships. After his rowing career, Muffleman transitioned to coaching, with stints at the U.S. Naval Academy, the Oklahoma City High Performance Center and the U.S. Para and Senior teams, among other clubs and programs. l

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