“…heroes are sometimes the most ordinary -seeming people. It reminds us that as ordinary as we might be, we can, if we choose, take the harder road, walk forth bravely under the indifferent stars. We can hazard the ravages of chance. We can choose to endure what seems unendurable, and thereby open up the possibility of prevailing…”
Daniel James Brown.
We have many rowers in our program and each of them is committed to bettering their technique, building their physical power and developing good crew work. Never has there been a member who hasn’t enjoyed their time on the water nor chosen to improve that enjoyment by hard work. Every member has always been enthused by the others to push their boundaries and to strive to reach the best rower they possibly can be.
As coaches we take our collective hats off to our squad.
“Life for each of our rowers is a constant battle involving overcoming physical discomfort and continuing to deal with injury, work challenges, family stresses and educating their community to accept them and that acceptance of difference makes us all better people.”
Recognition comes in many forms. Some people receive this by the gold medal around their neck, for others it’s the quiet knowing smile from a confidante. Ruby, one of our rowers worked all season toward achieving one thing – winning a single race and to do so she knew her time for that race had to improve by at least 15 seconds. Several times a week no matter the weather she trained either on water or on erg. If the wind was up, Ruby was indoors, the wind down Ruby was out. Come race day her time reflected the effort and commitment with her not only winning but bringing home a time 26 seconds under her previous PB.
This commitment and dedication has been noted by one of our supporters who contacted us and said that they wanted to make an anonymous donation to honour Ruby’s commitment.
Such recognition brought with it $10,000.00 toward our program and our needs.
We are humbled by such support and assure our Donor that such an amount will assist the program to continue to grow, to continue to achieve at the highest level possible and to continue to embrace difference and accept and work with all and any physically diverse person that wishes to learn the art and science of rowing.