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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On Disability and Inclusion in Sport

On Disability and Inclusion in Sport

coaching, Updates
Senator Hanson's much publicized comments regarding children with disabilities at schools revealed an unhealthy, but unfortunately not uncommon level of ignorance as to the mutual benefits of a policy of inclusion.  As to the benefits of such a policy? We should know - it's what we do. (more…)
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Making Adaptations – Coaching skills for Para-Rowing

Making Adaptations – Coaching skills for Para-Rowing

coaching
[caption id="attachment_9" align="alignright" width="300"] Balmain Rowing Club, St George Rowing Club and Canberra Rowing Club all have strong para-rowing programs. Your club can build one too![/caption] A lot of people have asked us over time what special skills you need to be a para rowing coach. The answer is that for the most part, you just need to know how to be a good rowing coach! (more…)
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