Canadian Henley U19/U17 Camp

U19/U17 Henley Sculling and Sweep Camp

WRC’s U19/U17 Henley training group is looking for motivated and hard working high school athletes who are committed to high level training and racing for 5 weeks of the summer. This is the next step for any athlete aspiring to make significant speed gains throughout the summer period. Sweep and Sculling boats will be formed dependent on accepted applications. U19/U17 athletes will be training alongside the U23 group at certain points throughout the summer, exposing them to the next level of racing.

So far,  we have had athletes from the following rowing programs attend: Long Beach (California) Northville, Forest Hills Central, Saline, Skyline, Pioneer, Detroit Country Day and Huron.

All applications will be considered, but the following time standards are expected over 2000m:

If you turn 16 during the year of competition (or younger) you are a U17

If you turn 17 or 18 during the year of competition, you are a U19

If you turn 19, 20, 21 or 22 during the year of competition, you are a U23, please go to our separate training group page here for more information.

U19 Women, 7.40 or quicker

U17 Women, 7.50 or quicker

U19 Men, 6.40 or quicker

U17 Men, 6.50 or quicker

If your goal is to scull at Canadian Henley, you must have at least two seasons worth of sculling experience and be able to single scull. This includes the ability to take the boat down to the water on your own and complete a flip test.

Athletes will train in a competitive race preparation environment. The training plan and technical focuses will be provided by coach Kit Bennett (Junior National Team Coach, University of Michigan Assistant and Head Coach at Skyline).


  • 4 weeks training
  • Race at MCI regatta in Ann Arbor (usually the third Saturday in July)
  • One week trip to Canadian Henley
  • Mon-Fri, two practice sessions each day (Monday through Thursday), one session Friday
  • Open to all U19/U17 eligible athletes, both sweep rowers and scullers
  • Practices Monday through Thursday run from 7am to 1115am
  • Practice Friday runs from 630am to 830am (3 x 2k with U23 group)

2018 Training Group

July 9th –  Aug 11th/12th


Return (race results dependent) Sat/Sun Aug 12th/13th


$1675 / athlete. Includes: accommodation at Henley, travel to Henley, coaching and training fees, race entry fees, and racing gear. Athletes are expected to cover the cost of food during the week of Henley (all athletes will be taken to Costco at the beginning of the week).

Out of town athletes will need to secure housing during the training period, WRC can assist (but not guarantee) with finding accommodation, if given a minimum of one month’s notice prior to the start of the camp.

Application Submission

We are limited to 20 athletes and 2 coxswains.

We will be accepting applications through the middle of May, but we recommend you complete your submission by the beginning of April. We hit our limit in 2015 (only the second year of the program) quickly.

This camp is not for everyone, if your application is rejected, you will be given recommendations on where to improve and how to approach improvements, so you can re-apply the following year.

Athlete applications will be evaluated on major regatta results (regional championships, SRAAs, Canadian Nationals and Youth Nationals), erg score times, coach recommendations and video (if required).

Once an application is accepted, you will be notified via email and payment can be submitted via check:

$1675 payable to “WRC”

Kit Bennett

806 Center Drive

Ann Arbor, MI


To submit an application, please go to the application page.