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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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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Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday

Updates
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 Head of the Charles Challenge is the result. This project gives LTA rowers the opportunity to compete at an international regatta, taking their rowing to the next level. Rowing has…
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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 : 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…
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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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