I had the JOY of renewing our "Athlete of the Quarter" award - one we hadn't bestowed since prior to Covid - on Sheila Arnold who travels from Volcano to row in our adaptive row every Tuesday.
All of the volunteer coaches picked her unanimously to receive this recognition. Sheila drives the distance whether it's through wildfire smoke and she's without electricity or Covid is raging or whatever else is conspiring to block her! In more than a year she has almost NEVER missed. We could count her absences on one hand!
Sheila inspires us with her progress - remembering and coordinating are challenges but she never gets frustrated and never lets herself feel defeated. She really is an inspiration to us all.
Jeff and Annie are two of the volunteers who have rowed with her as doubles partners. (Missed getting Linn and Marie in the picture.) And we celebrated Jeff's and Sheila's birthdays during that week. Happy Birthday and CONGRATULATIONS Sheila for all you teach us!
- Pat Tirone
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