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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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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Nationals Wrap-Up – Success for our Rowers!

Nationals Wrap-Up – Success for our Rowers!

Updates
In the final wrap-up from the 2018 Sydney International Rowing Regatta, the Balmain Para-Rowing Program has had a very successful week, with James Talbot and Ruby Sutherland both bringing home medals for the program. [caption id="attachment_903" width="300" align="alignright"] James Talbot on the Podium with Mac Russell (Qld) and Jed Altschwager (SA)[/caption] James Talbot did extremely well to bring home a gold in a composite PR3 4+ together with Kate Murdoch (Nepean), Nikki Ayers (ANU), Ben Gibson (Sydney), and Renae Domaschenz (cox) (ANU), as well as a silver in the PR3 2x with Nikki Ayers, and two Bronze medals, in the PR3 1x and in the Interstate PR3 1x respectively. Ruby received a wonderful opportunity to row with a strong University of Tasmania crew in the PR3 4+, and achieved a…
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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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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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Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017

Updates
[caption id="attachment_710" align="alignleft" width="124"] Chrissy sparkle[/caption] 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 to date and aware that not everyone can access stairs; that inclusion means all have the same ability to enjoy a night out and…
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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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End of Season Wrap-Up

End of Season Wrap-Up

Events, Updates
[caption id="attachment_352" align="alignright" width="300"] The 2017 Para Squad, coaches and supporters[/caption] As the Season has now ended and prizes distributed it's time to stop and take stock of the season past, time to reflect on the wins, losses and joys we've experienced and time to say thank you to some very special people we need to acknowledge as without them we do not prosper nor continue. (more…)
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