This fall the 7th and 8th grade non-competitive gROWth program will be offered this Fall.
The goal of the program is to introduce middle school student athletes to the sport for the first time. Students will learn safety aspects, basic technique, boat handling skills and also spend some time developing strength, flexibility and conditioning. The program runs two days a week, Wednesday and Saturday, with a 2-hour lesson each day.
The cost of the program will be $325 and will run from Wednesday September 5th to Wednesday November 7th.
Wednesday’s practice (4:30pm – 6:30pm) will be held at the Tulsa boathouse and will involve an on the water session, if river conditions permit. Saturday’s practice (7:30am to 9:30am) will be held at the University of Tulsa boathouse in Catoosa, OK.
The program will be coached by Zach Kilburn. Coach Kilburn was introduced to rowing at the Tulsa Rowing Club while he was a senior in high school. He didn’t join the club then but was instantly hooked on rowing. He trained and competed with the Oklahoma State University rowing club from 2004 to 2008. He was nominated Vice President in his last season with the club. Coach Kilburn facilitated team workouts, helped coordinate regatta entries and travel arrangements, and competed in the varsity men’s double and four. He was then hired to coach the novice boys at Tulsa Rowing Club, where he worked from the summer of 2008 to 2009. He competed in the men’s lightweight pair at the 2009 US Rowing World Trials at Mercer Lake in New Jersey. After leaving coaching to pursue his master’s degree, Coach Kilburn is returning to manage the 7th and 8th grade program at Tulsa Rowing Club.