The DSC Athlete of the Month committee recognizes Lilbern “Leo” Layton as the July/August 2019 Athlete of the Month! On the morning of July 16th, members of our Freedom Rows, OarBusters and Masters crews gathered at the boathouse after the morning row to congratulate and celebrate Leo. Linda Acton, Masters Rower and Freedom Rows Volunteer, presented the award.
"Leo arrives at the boathouse early, carries the double or quad without any hesitation, and never complains. Leo consistently attends practice, is very helpful, and has greatly
improved his rowing skills," were among the words spoken about Leo. Bob O also mentioned that Leo has an eye for the best way to get items (including the 10-foot boats) in and out of the boathouse. Pat noted that in this last quarter Leo has not missed a single practice. Talk about an important member of the team!
Leo began rowing in 2016. He was training for the Valor Games and needed to practice his erg rowing. He received a tip to check out DSC. So, off to the DSC boathouse Leo went. And the rest, as they say, is history.
"Sculling is my escape. I leave everything on the dock," says Leo.
Leo served in the US Marines for four years. Leo has made a solid commitment to Delta Sculling Center and the Freedom Rows: Delta Heroes team. He also competes in USRowing's annual Military Challenge every February.
Next time you see Leo around the boathouse, please congratulate him for his recognition!