Blog

Home / Blog
MONDAY MEET THE ROWER – DANIEL CLARKE

MONDAY MEET THE ROWER – DANIEL CLARKE

Monday Meet-The-Rower
DANIEL CLARKE     Daniel joined the program in 2016 and rows using his arms and trunk. When in the boat Daniel has a knee strap and also uses a waist and hip strap. He lives an extraordinary life and has achieved things some of us can only ever fantasise about. He’s currently studying for a degree at Macquarie University and, as to be expected, flying through it with Honours. [caption id="attachment_682" align="alignright" width="300"] Working hard on the oartec simulator[/caption] “My name is Daniel Clarke, I am 19 years old and live on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. I have athetoid cerebral palsy affecting my whole body so I use a manual wheelchair for mobility however, this has not stopped me pursing my goals and achieving at a high level.…
Read More
Monday Meet-The-Rower : STEPHANIE WALKER

Monday Meet-The-Rower : STEPHANIE WALKER

Monday Meet-The-Rower
STEPHANIE WALKER Stephanie is one of our newer rowers and was welcomed to the squad in late 2016. She is classified PR3 [ID] or in the old classification system LTA ID. Stephanie had a brain haemorrhage at birth but her parents tell us she "went on to be a happy, healthy child. At age 6 she had her first seizure and was subsequently diagnosed with ESES, a rare form of intractable epilepsy. The prognosis was unclear but along with intellectual regression her parents were warned of the potential of loss of language and loss of muscle control leading to a future in a wheelchair. Fortunately Stephanie remained physically strong and is rarely lost for words. In conjunction with excellent medical care, her parents attribute this to her passion for sport.…
Read More

Back To Balmain Day

Uncategorized
Back to Balmain is an annual celebration of the local community with music, a sausage sizzle, local history and memorabilia. Back To Balmain is held on the last weekend of October and this year the weather remained smiling all day. It was great to meet some of the long time locals who talked to us about the club and passed on some valuable history for us. A special welcome was given to the  new Mayor, Darcy Byrne, of the new Inner West Council as he opened the proceedings and gave a short history of the day. This year the Para Squad joined with the Open Men's Squad to run the sausage sizzle and cake stall. The support from all members of the two squads was commendable. The Erg Challenge, run by…
Read More
MONDAY MEET THE ROWER : SOPHIE DELEZIO

MONDAY MEET THE ROWER : SOPHIE DELEZIO

Monday Meet-The-Rower
SOPHIE DELEZIO Sophie is one of our junior rowers and currently our only PR2 classified rower. PR2 means Sophie rows using only her trunk and arms but due to Sophie's physical impairment has to row with one oar feathered and one oar taped on the square. She joined the squad in 2014 and has been a hardworking, conscientious member putting her all in to her training both on the water, and on the erg when the wind and water have made rowing out of Balmain unsafe. [caption id="attachment_650" align="alignright" width="300"] Sophie's first on land session and she smashed it.[/caption] Twelve years ago, Sophie Delezio suffered third-degree burns to 85% of her body after a car smashed into her Sydney childcare centre. She lost her feet, some fingers, and her right…
Read More

2017 GRAFTON ROWING CAMP – For Some, an Exercise in Fear…

coaching, Events, Grafton Update
"I've learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path. Transforming fear into freedom - how great is that?" Soledad O'Brien   On Saturday 23 September we headed north to warmer climes, calmer waters and a week of tough work for our annual camp hosted by the Grafton Rowing Club and under the watchful eyes of Ken Maughan, Captain Grafton Rowing Club and Ron Beattie, Australian Umpires, Australian Selectors, Life Members of their respective clubs, Grafton and Balmain Rowing Club. These two have more rowing knowledge in their little finger…
Read More
MONDAY : MEET THE ROWER

MONDAY : MEET THE ROWER

Monday Meet-The-Rower
TAHLI HIND •                PR3 ROWER [caption id="attachment_631" align="alignright" width="327"] A good looking PR3 4+! Left to Right: Tahli, Alex, Ruby and Nikolai[/caption] Tahli joined the para program in 2016. She was recommedned to the program through her friend, Nikolai, a long term member of the program. Tahli is not only a rower but came to us having already won Silver at the Special Olympics. Tahli was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 6 months of age and she is left-side affected. "I started swimming during High School and am categorised S3. I also took up golf 4 years ago and competed in the Special Olympics Golf (2nd National Championships) and got the silver medal in my category. I’ve worked as a kitchen hand at…
Read More
Monday Meet the Rowers

Monday Meet the Rowers

Monday Meet-The-Rower
MONDAY MEET THE ROWER : NIKOLAI OLDING [caption id="attachment_619" align="alignnone" width="300"] Nikolai's final days sculling with pontoons[/caption] • LTA Rower • Joined 2013 I was born very early - at 24 weeks and spent six months in intensive care with several operations and chronic lung disease. I went home with supplementary oxygen (which I used for a year) and over the next 18 years of all sorts of remedial treatments, was told by several doctors and specialists that I probably would not be able to walk/talk/write/be a sportsman or hear. I’m glad to report that I have proved most of these people wrong, though I have been diagnosed with mild ataxic cerebral palsy, am certainly hearing impaired and have a learning disorder with some expressive speech problems. However, I can…
Read More
Balmain Para Rowing does it again – Rowing Australia’s Train For Tokyo

Balmain Para Rowing does it again – Rowing Australia’s Train For Tokyo

Updates
Congratulations James Talbot, selected for the Train For Tokyo week camp and Rowing Australia 8+ for the Head of the Yarra. [caption id="attachment_608" align="alignright" width="225"] James and Kevin after winning the 2017 Australian National Para Double Championship[/caption] The first step on the road to Tokyo, the first Balmain Para athlete but definitely more will join James by 2020!
Read More
Monday Meet-the-rower: Ruby Sutherland

Monday Meet-the-rower: Ruby Sutherland

Monday Meet-The-Rower
“No two snowflakes are alike…One completely different from the other.” (Charles. M. Schulz.) Today's Monday Meet-the-rower is profiling one of our long-standing members, Ruby Sutherland.  Ruby has competed both for Balmain with the Balmain Para-Rowing Program, as well as for her school, PLC Sydney.  Read about Ruby below! [caption id="attachment_209" align="alignright" width="222"] Ruby with members of the Para Squad[/caption] "I was born at 23 weeks and 4 days gestation at just 620 grams in weight. As a result I spent 105 days after my birth in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Royal North Shore Hospital. As a result of my extreme prematurity, I am diagnosed with retinopathy of prematurity (Legally Blind), Right side hemiplegia (Cerebral Palsy) and I have an intellectual delay. "I started rowing in 2013 when I…
Read More
Monday Meet-the-rower: Jeremy McGrath

Monday Meet-the-rower: Jeremy McGrath

Monday Meet-The-Rower
[caption id="attachment_301" align="alignright" width="225"] Paralympic Rower Jeremy McGrath[/caption] The magical fairies who update our site for us have been on holiday over the winter, but with the start of a new month, it's time to catch up!  Today, we're profiling Paralympian and Balmain Para-Rowing Program member Jeremy McGrath! "I was born without a tibia and with a slightly shortened fibula in my right leg. When I was very young I could get around the house, awkwardly, on my right leg but for full mobility I have always needed a prosthesis. After attending a Paralympic Talent Search in 2013, I was put in touch with Barbara Ramjan at Balmain Rowing Club. The Club has a strong para-rowing program and I began rowing with them in May 2013. "In 2009, at aged…
Read More