What lies behind
Italy’s Team Trophy
The Team Trophy awards the National Federation with the
most winning points at the World Rowing Championships.
Since its creation in 2001 it had been dominated by
Germany who held on to it for four consecutive years.
But in 2005 an Italian rowing wave
shook up the Germans, knocking
them off their reigning perch.
Leading this upsurge was Italy’s
new technical director Giuseppe
Italy’s rowing federation president,
Renato Nicetto, explains the
success behind 10 medals, two of
them gold, at the World Rowing
“The 2005 result is the fruit of
the work of National Head Coach
Giuseppe De Capua and his staff
working with all teams, from
juniors through to the adaptive
After rowing competitively,
De Capua went on to complete
a Masters degree in sport
and sports management.
He started coaching in Italy
under Thor Nilsen (currently
FISA’s development director)
continuing through until 1993.
But De Capua still remained
involved in coaching, playing
an active role in coaching
clinics throughout the world
as part of FISA’s development
In 2005 De Capua took over from
Giuseppe La Mura and instigated
De Capua began his work in
2005 and set up contacts with all
of the Italian rowing clubs. This
stimulated a new interest in the
formation of club and interclub
crews to aim for the national level.
“I’ve introduced a different
training programme, a different
rowing technique and a different
testing protocol,” says De Capua.
“I put a lot of emphasis on
economy of movement – elasticity
and cooperation between body,
boat and oars.”
The results displayed from last
year’s training system means that
De Capua will carry on with the
system into 2006.
Already the benefits are showing
success has never been gained
before in the 118 years of Italian
rowing history. “We are conscious
that it is not easy to keep high
levels. But we will use all of
our resources to try to keep this
achieved level,” says Nicetto.
“This was demonstrated at the first
national meeting where a record-high level of 1,600 athletes took
part,” says Nicetto. This level of
This caps off an international
season which tallied up 24 medals
- eight gold, 11 silver and five
bronze - for the Italians. M.S.B.■
Team Trophy history
Awarded: Points are earned for boats finishing within the first seven places in
each of the boat classes contested at the World Rowing Championships. The
nation with the most points becomes the winner of the Team Trophy. In 2004
adaptive rowing events were added to the Team Trophy points.
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Top three positions
Italy is developing the new generation of elite rowers. Here the 2003 junior world champions
in the men’s four / L’Italie forme la nouvelle génération de rameurs d’élite. Ici les champions du
monde juniors 2003 en quatre de pointe: Martin, Goretti, Fasoli & Cecchin.
Australia (including adaptive
Australia and Germany
(tied for third)