Summer International Rowing With Norcal
Norcal Executive Director Beth Anderson has run international summer rowing programs since 2006. She says they are a life-changing experience for the athletes, building lifelong friendships, personal confidence, and strengthening their love of the sport. During the summer of 2023, Norcal will offer trips to Germany and Spain back-to-back so athletes can do both if they wish.
In Germany, athletes will join other high school students from the Ratsgymnasium in Osnabruck. They will row 30 to 60 kilometers along the Moselle River each day, starting in Trier and ending in Cologne. They will stay in a different town each night, giving them an opportunity to experience German culture firsthand.
In Spain, athletes will participate in an exchange with high school students in Malaga, train in small boats, enjoy coastal rowing, and explore Andalusia. Athletes who attend the Spain trip will be asked to host Spanish rowers at their home in California the following week, making it a true exchange that allows both groups to learn each other’s cultures and practice their language skills.
Athletes who have participated in the summer exchange program over the years have gone on to attend elite universities including: Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and others. So athletes should not fear that taking a few weeks out of the summer to broaden their perspectives and enhance their love of rowing will hinder their college prospects.
Dates for the trips will be announced soon.