Wednesday Wonder – Glen Farrawell

Wednesday Wonder – Glen Farrawell

Uncategorized, Wednesday Words Of Wisdom
Celebrating An Amazing 40 Years of Service, Integrity, Courage and Mateship. I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by; And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking. And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.” The Chief                           [caption id="attachment_1018" align="alignnone" width="225"] Chief Glen[/caption] We celebrate our rowers actions both on the course and events in their personal lives but behind each rower and the squad are amazing people. Some are world renowned musicians, others are leaders in the fields of management, education, medicine, sport or service.…
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END OF SEASON WRAP UP

END OF SEASON WRAP UP

coaching, Events, presentations, Sunday Thanks, Updates
The 2017-18 rowing season was a successful one for the Program. We began the season with the aim of building on our points success from last season while also building members and ensuring programming covered the goals of each athlete. Our coaching numbers have also increased and our fundraising has been spectacular and pleasing. It’s a healthy exercise to review the season and to see where we hit our set mark and where we fell short and then for the coming season to refocus and try and hit those missed marks and meet the new ones. [caption id="attachment_978" align="alignleft" width="225"] Ruby Sutherland with her Union of Rowers Youth Development Scholarship[/caption] THE SQUAD Numbers We have over 23 current members and of those there are 15 actively rowing and preparing for…
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To HMAS ADELAIDE – Thanks!

To HMAS ADELAIDE – Thanks!

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On Wednesday May 16, members of the squad received a guided tour of HMAS Adelaide and then had the pleasure of sharing lunch with Commanding Officer, Captain Jonathan Earley and the crew of the Adelaide. We were invited to assist the catering  crew with the preparation of an all crew BBQ before the Adelaide's RIMPAC deployment. Donning our aprons, gloves and very special navy NAVY caps we set to work following the instructions of Dougie, Alex and the other chefs. We must have done ok as the food vanished as quickly as the platters could be filled. Members of the crew showed their support for our program by raising $1,000 over the course of their lunch break. On our arrival at Garden Island, we were met by Commander Christopher Searle…
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Monday Meet The Rower – Stephen Lawler

Monday Meet The Rower – Stephen Lawler

Monday Meet-The-Rower
Stephen approached the Australian Paralympic Committee to inquire about an appropriate rowing club that specialised in working with physically diverse athletes so he could follow his dream of learning to row with the aim of getting to selection in the near future. Stephen called and we were delighted to say come on down ! He joined the program in 2018 following this inquiry and we have been thrilled by his dedication and quick learning. His weekly training is impressive with him  on the water four times a week followed by  a minimum of two gym sessions. He’s moving well, learning quickly and preparations are on foot for next season’s racing. [caption id="attachment_939" align="alignright" width="300"] Rowing just off White Horse Point[/caption] Stephen is an amazing music producer and is known internationally for…
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Sunday Thanks – To A Donor

Sunday Thanks – To A Donor

Sunday Thanks
“...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…
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Monday Meet The Rower : James Talbot

Monday Meet The Rower : James Talbot

Monday Meet-The-Rower
James Talbot is classified as a PR3 rower and joined the program in 2016. He has been targeted as an athlete for Tokyo 2020 Paralympics having taken part in several Rowing Australia training camps and was selected for the Rowing Australia Head of the Yarra boat. We  expect him to very soon be awarded a scholarship which will enable him to continue training at the elite level while being able to access the needed physiotherapy and additional supports elite rowers require to be able to deliver their best and at the highest standard.  His latest honour has him in serious preparation for the Interstate races at the 2018 Rowing Australia National Championships. [caption id="attachment_880" align="alignright" width="147"] Another winner's grin ![/caption] “I first took up rowing when I was 13 after…
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Rachel Johnson

Rachel Johnson

Monday Meet-The-Rower
Some of our squad come via a friend's recommendation; others come to rowing knowing of the challenge, joy, calm and wanting to try for themselves what their friends or relatives have been able and continue to experience. Rachel has had a long connection with rowing, but never had she been in a boat. In her own words: " For the past six years I have been a keen spectator of my son's rowing prowess. Those school boys made it look so effortless and they were enjoying themselves too! I wanted to join in! Reality took hold, I left school 33 years ago and I had suffered a brain anueysm five years ago. During the 15 hour brain operation I suffered a stroke. After months in rehab, I learnt to walk…
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James Talbot – From Black and Gold to Blue All Over….

James Talbot – From Black and Gold to Blue All Over….

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In more exciting news for the Balmain Para Rowing Program, Rowing NSW has confirmed the NSW State Teams to compete at the Nationals and we're bursting with pride to announce that JAMES TALBOT has been selected to represent New South Wales in the Men's PR3 1x Interstate race. In being selected he has beaten a very spirited push from athletes from Sydney Rowing Club and others.  With James' selection Liam James, Head Coach, Para Program,  has also been selected as the NSW coach for that same event. James' race will be on Sunday 25 March (though he, Kevin, Ruby and Matilda, as well as Eoghan from Liam's Open Men's squad in the MU21Lwt categories) will be racing through the previous week. This is the first time the Balmain Para Program…
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Ruby Does It !!!!

Ruby Does It !!!!

Updates
Congratulations RUBY SUTHERLAND on winning the Schoolgirl Head Of The River Para 1x on Saturday at the Sydney International Regatta Centre. Ruby raced for PLC Croydon but did all her training under the watchful eyes of her coaches at the Balmain Para Program. Ruby trained hard for this race and for the last few months spent early mornings on the river before school and when the weather stopped that on-water work she happily jumped on the erg and worked intensely.  Her training was aimed at having Ruby at her peak for the race and at her peak she was. Her hard work, dedication and intense training regime paid off and not only did she win but did so bettering her PB by 23 seconds. The raceplan was simple and Ruby…
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Simone Cottom

Simone Cottom

Monday Meet-The-Rower
The last few weeks have seen an influx of new rowers to the Program, not that this is a problem, we welcome with open arms anyone wishing to learn the art and science of rowing. One of our newer rowers is Simone Cottom who comes to us from another sport, albeit a much colder one! Simone, due to her serious double knee damage qualifies as a PR2 rower. "My name is Simone Cottom and I went blind ten years ago after suffering Meningitis and then a stroke. Since then I have been skiing regularly in both Japan and Canada until I broke my second leg in the trials for the Paralympics. Following on from that injury [ my second as I severely damaged my other knee earlier] I have given…
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Friday…So It’s Food For Thought Day

Friday…So It’s Food For Thought Day

Friday Food For Thought
Whenever we receive a new inquiry our first thoughts turn to classification - will this person classify; if so, what category; are they on the border of two categories and even more importantly will the classifiers understand the medical issue. There are so many medical issues that allow for classification and a vast number of them are not ones readily understood or identified by anyone other than a medically trained person, i.e. a doctor. Physiotherapists are amazing professionals but even they will acknowledge there are medical issues that allow for classification that they are not familiar with which makes it even more  important when dealing with classification that everyone involved not only works together but relies on the professional knowledge of the expert in that particular field.  We have been…
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Wednesday words of Wisdom – Racing on an even playing field

Wednesday words of Wisdom – Racing on an even playing field

Updates, Wednesday Words Of Wisdom
We asked ourselves when we first started the program why it is that PR2 and PR1 para athletes are seemingly discriminated against by being made to row heavy wide hulled boats that lack the ability to run, that provide no moment where the skill and technique of that rower is given the opportunity to shine at competition. We investigated what was behind the heavy hulls. Was it a terrible accident that occurred during training or competition where a PR2 or PR1 para rower was further injured or was it that the thinner lighter hulled boats caused more physical discomfort. We found no such thing, in fact we found the complete opposite. Peter Taylor, an AS or the new PR1 Australian para athlete flew down the course in a standard single…
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Sam Shalhoub – Rower On The Rise

Sam Shalhoub – Rower On The Rise

Monday Meet-The-Rower
  Sam works as a Masseur and specialises in working with elite athletes. One of those athletes was an Australian Olympic rower and after discussing the sport with that rower Sam was motivated to try rowing himself. Given his visual impairment he knew he would qualify and the one thing Sam has maintained throughout his life is a level of fitness already pushing at what one would expect in terms of fitness if that person was at the elite level of their sport. He joined our program in 2017 and travelled with us to Grafton for our September week on the Clarence River. Each day saw him on the water for three sessions honing his skill in both a single scull as well as rowing crew boats.  Sam classifies in…
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It’s Friday….so it must be…..Food For Thought Day….

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  It's always healthy to look within, to cast our eyes and our minds and question  whether our sport is as diverse, reflective of community as it could or should be.  Are we forgoing gold by forgoing diversity; by ignoring those that have the capability and capacity, the willpower and strength to succeed but lack the knowledge or pathway in to this sport. Thanks US Rowing and Patrick McNerney for this thoughtful article: "“We Have to Fix This” BY PATRICK MCNERNEY • FEBRUARY 1, 2018 “We have to fix this.” That was Anita DeFrantz’s statement to me during the first few weeks of my joining USRowing in September, and the message was very clear. Today marks the beginning of Black History Month, providing us a great opportunity to recognize the African-American athletes that…
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