Rachel Johnson

Rachel Johnson

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…
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Simone Cottom

Simone Cottom

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…
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Sam Shalhoub – Rower On The Rise

Sam Shalhoub – Rower On The Rise

  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…
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Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday

2013, a dim memory for some but for us the first challenge to show there were many Australian Para-Rowers that could not only take on the world but win the fight. This was our first step......... "2013: It has been several years since an Australian LTA crew competed internationally. More importantly no Australian LTA crew has ever competed in the prestigious Head of the Charles. It is time to change that. The enthusiasm and dedication of a small group of LTA rowers across the country in various Club and State regattas has created a desire for something more. The 2013 LTA…
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Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017

The best way to celebrate the end of a hard year and the worry of whether Santa Claus will drop those dreaded coal bricks or sparkling diamonds down one's chimney is to have a jolly good knees up where all worries are cast aside and drowned in a sea of bubbles and friends. Thanks to Meg, planner extraordinaire, we had a fantastic night of fun, food and friends with over 36 of our squad, family members and friends rocking up to the Three Weeds, a fully disabled-compliant watering hole in the heart of Balmain. Thanks Three Weeds for being up…
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MONDAY MEET THE ROWER – DANIEL CLARKE

MONDAY MEET THE ROWER – DANIEL CLARKE

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. “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…
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MONDAY MEET THE ROWER : SOPHIE DELEZIO

MONDAY MEET THE ROWER : SOPHIE DELEZIO

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. Twelve years ago, Sophie Delezio suffered third-degree burns to 85% of her body after…
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