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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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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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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Monday Meet The Rower – Alex Smiles

Monday Meet The Rower – Alex Smiles

Monday Meet-The-Rower
ALEX SMILES Alex is classified PR3  [ formerly LTA] which allows him to use his legs, trunk and arms when rowing. He is able to race in any size boat - single, double, pair, quad, four or eight - but internationally he has two boat classes he can be selected for, one the Four and the other, the Pair which was only introduced this season by FISA and we expect Australia to take up the opportunity to send a PR3 Men's Four overseas to race. Currently the depth of elite rowing in the men's PR3 sweep category is strong and growing weekly. Certainly within our squad we have 8 PR3 Mens sweep athletes; three experienced and racing at the elite level; two developing their skills and moving from competent to…
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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.…
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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.…
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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…
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