We are so excited to share a WONDERFUL opportunity to watch the inspiring 40-minute documentary of Title IX pioneer and two-time Olympian Chris Ernst who together with her Yale women’s rowing team sparked the movement toward equality in women’s athletics. You really don’t want to miss this FREE showing, available using the link below for just three days, Friday April 24th through Sunday, April 26th!
More on “A Hero for Daisy”: In 1976 Yale women’s rowing crew shed their sweats in the Director of Physical Education’s office to reveal the words “Title IX” marked on their naked bodies. Accompanied by a photographer and newspaper editor, that’s what this crew did to get the public’s attention about the inequities they suffered when, wet and chilled to the bone after practices, they had to wait on a campus bus for the men’s team to finish showering. Then they got to be transported back to their dorms so they, too, could finally shower and change into warm, dry clothes. That’s just the beginning of the story that sparked a movement from which women athletes are finally benefitting. The bravery and foresight of that crew and their captain Chris Ernst, whom former Secretary of State John Kerry called “the Rosa Parks of Title IX”, comes alive in “A Hero for Daisy”, a must-see documentary for anyone who cares about equal rights.
From Friday April 24th through Sunday April 26th, watch this documentary produced by Olympic rower Mary Mazzio FOR FREE using this link here !!!
That was Mazzio’s first film in rowing and it foreshadows another of her movies coming to us soon!
Don’t miss Mazzio’s most recent documentary “A Most Beautiful Thing” that premiered in Congress just before the COVID crisis hit. Postponed till June 12th for wide distribution, “A Most Beautiful Thing” is based on a book by Arshay Cooper, and it’s getting rave reviews! It documents the unbelievable challenges faced by the author and his teammates, who comprised the first all-black rowing crew in the country.
Stay tuned as we post updates on the wide release of “A Most Beautiful Thing”. You really won’t want to miss it!
Rowing is a fantastic non-impact workout, and now, especially, burning some extra calories is not only healthy for the body but also for the mind and soul. Although we are unable to hold water practices, we've been so grateful to find homes for our ergs (indoor rowing machines) throughout our community in Stockton. The machines have landed at the homes of several instructors in Stockton Unified School District, Aspire Public Schools and the homes of both Girls Row Stockton team members and Masters athletes from DSC. Weekly virtual indoor rowing practices are being held for our members to help them maintain or improve their fitness and rowing technique.
And 20 ergs from the Erg Ed Grant have found a home with our great partner, Discovery ChalleNGe Academy. The young cadets have remained on campus during quarantine. We have been conducting Erg Ed with them using these machines every Tuesday and Thursday for the past four weeks.
All of this is possible thanks to The George Pocock Rowing Foundation which gave the Erg Ed Grant to SUSD and Aspire Public Schools about three years ago. Although we are unable to continue to the implementation of Erg Ed among our schools due to the pandemic, we are thrilled that we can teach the content and work with Discovery ChalleNGe Academy to achieve our collective goal for youth to find, start and stay rowing!
We were honored to be a part of The Pocock Foundation's newsletter this spring. Please take a look below at their write up:
Students are facing the rest of this academic year from their homes, through home-schooling or online classes. But what if your school is your home?
Discovery ChalleNGe Academy is a Community High School run by the National Guard. At Discovery, students live on-campus for five of their 17 months as part of the program. Discovery serves high-school aged students from 16 to 18 years old who are at high risk of dropping out of school or having a credit deficit.
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, Discovery ChalleNGe Academy made the decision to keep all their live-in students on campus during the pandemic. Shortly before the state-wide, shelter-in-place order went into effect, 20 rowing machines had been delivered to DCA in preparation for Erg Ed.
DCA requested to continue with Erg Ed as it is something that students look forward to every year and they are doing their best to continue their service and commitment to the students despite the pandemic. Pat Tirone, the Stockton Erg Ed Lead, is working with DCA to continue to teach students every Tuesday and Thursday. Armed to the teeth with personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies, Dr. Tirone and Dr. Oprandy (coaches at Delta Sculling Center) go to the school to teach and continue to serve their community during this time.
Thank you to Dr. Tirone and Dr. Oprandy, and all service personnel who continue to do their jobs for others during this time!
Our partners are SO important to us always, and especially during this time of social distancing. We will come out of this just as strong and focused, with enough momentum to continue to grow our mission: to make the sport of sculling accessible to everyBODY in our community, no matter the specific challenge they face, so that they can reap the physical, cognitive, emotional and spiritual benefits that the sport has to offer!
If you or someone you know is searching for a recreational and fitness-focused community in San Joaquin County or perhaps in the town or city where you reside, please contact us!
It is always great to connect with like-minded individuals who share in our same goals.
- Bob and Pat
Team Delta Tops Two Million Meters in the WEC
DSC’s Team Delta logged 2,172,989 during the one-month World Erg Challenge, travelling the equivalent of 46,000 meters beyond Amarillo (or within only 5.5 kms. of Prince George, British Columbia)! Almost half of those meters were rowed by our top four participants, Kurt Johnson (301!), John Silverton (270), James Marquez (220) and Beverly Klunk (200). Beverly simultaneously did the April Fool’s Challenge, finishing both challenges with amazing results! Also above the 100 km. mark were newcomer Jean Hendrix and experienced rowers Susan Ollis, Rebecca and Renaldo Abreu, and Pat T. and Bob O. (both wives beating out both husbands!).
Several DSCers topped 40 kms., led by newcomer Jody Nance (90) and including Kim Sparrowk, Bob Lee, Rachel Tappero (who logged over 58 kms. as a PR 2 rower!), Lesley Galloway, Dee Shunk and Amy McDaniel. Masters scullers May Mardini and Dale Casale also contributed several thousand meters. In between school work assignments, several members of DSC’s Girls Row Stockton team also contributed many meters to Team Delta’s total. Besides Amy McDaniel (with 41 kms.), Tania Tufui-Niu (29), Skylar Flowers (22), Sydney Jones (18), and Hannah Noe (9) also contributed to DSC’s more than 2 million meters.
Very exciting was the incredible push within the last four days of the challenge, when Team Delta’s average per participant went from 77 kms. to 94+ kms.! That enabled our team to extend our average per participant over three teams, all with more rowers than Team Delta’s 23.
WELL DONE TEAM DELTA!! MORE CHALLENGES TO COME.
- Bob O.
Our Center During the Quarantine
When Delta Sculling Center was founding in 2013, we built it on the foundation of inclusion. Our mission: to be a place where everyBODY sculls. Regardless of where you come from, your prior experience with the sport, or your physical and cognitive gifts/limitations, DSC continues to welcome ALL with open arms…with a couple more feet of physical distance in between us right now!
A few weeks before the shelter-in-place sanction was issued, DSC hosted our first Sample Scull introductory session of 2020. We had four new potential rowers show up at our boathouse to learn the sport and gain some comfort for getting out on the water in sculling shells. And boy, did they get out on the water! They put the sculling stroke together and built some good confidence within just a few hours. As we like to say, they were “bit by the rowing bug”. Out of these four individuals, three are local and committed to continue with our center once we are allowed back to the water to practice! And one will be driving up from Hanford, CA (3 hours south of Stockton) once a month to continue with us.
This is a tough time for all of us. Luckily, “community” is the foundation of DSC and continues as one of its core values. The individuals that make up our center are strong and dynamic. We would not exist without the countless hours and mounds of energy that our organization contributes to make us not only stand tall but thrive! We are confident that at the end of the quarantine, we will come back as strong as ever.
In order to stay ready, our athletes have had to get creative about ways in which we can come together socially and to practice aspects of our sport. Although we are not sharing the same physical space and we are not on the water in our boats where we most want to be, we continue to share virtual space each and every week using Zoom video conferencing.
Here are a few of our weekly meetups that are keeping us strong, centered and fulfilling our needs through this overwhelmingly wavy time:
As you can see, we are keeping quite busy and ensuring both our mental, spiritual and physical sides are staying well maintained and polished to ride out these uncertain days.
Sacramento-San Joaquin County Delta
On a daily basis we feel so lucky that we have access to one of Stockton’s most prized and sometimes unrecognized recreational resources: the waterways of the Delta. Especially considering that we are a completely landlocked county, it is striking to realize we are part of an ecosystem that consists of 1,100 miles of levees that borders 700 miles of waterways. If you have never experienced a day on the Delta, that alone is reason enough to come down to our boathouse when we can and see what we are all about.
Starting your day with a row across and down the deep-water channel or closing out your day with an evening row with friends is not only unique, but meditative and healing (or, if you want, you can really get your body working and your heart pumping!). We look forward to experiencing days on the Delta again and, for now, we wish you and yours good health, safety and peace!
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DSC scullers brought lots of excitement to this year’s Golden State Indoor Rowing Championships at the Sac. State Aquatic Center and to the Peninsula Indoor Rowing Championships at St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco.
The GSIRC venue was packed with rowers and their cheering supporters and coaches, and, as usual, DSC scullers and their families and friends were well represented. In fact, DSC once again earned cheering honors, providing the loudest cheers among all onlookers. For all but two of DSC’s Girls Row Stockton team it was their first indoor competition, and they fared extremely well.
All GRS’s novices (Amy McDaniel, Briana Arceo-Salgado, Maya Castillo, and Skylar Flowers) had personal records when comparing their best practice 2K times with what they achieved at Sac. State. With tired wobbling legs they all made it down the stairway to ring the famous PR bell. Injured novice Sydney Jones played a big role by being chief cheerleader and coaching two athletes during the day. Returnee varsity rower Hannah Noe, who has four years of competition
left, came home with a silver medal in her event, and Elise Hill competed very well, as always, at her last indoor championship as a high schooler. Elise wants to return as a DSC rower after she graduates. Pizza was the prize for everyone following the day’s competitions.
One of the highlights of the day was when Rachel Tappero and Jamie Nance had the privilege of racing against the inspirational Sally Callahan, who set the world indoor record for those in their 90’s by posting a 1K time of 2:48.2. She is a Masters able-bodied rower. Rachel, a PR 2 rower, beat Sally to the finish line by demolishing her own 1K record by 46 seconds, posting an amazing time of 10:46 (but hold on for some other news below). Jamie, a novice PR 1 rower, finished strong and was not far behind his competitors in his first-ever rowing competition. He will be a force to be reckoned with in future events.
The day finished with DSC Masters rower Lesley Galloway ringing the PR bell by clocking a 2:18 time that earned her a gold medal in her event. Because she was the only participant in her Women’s lightweight event, she raced with all the teenage coxwains from the clubs attending the championships. Lesley’s time was better than that of seven of those coxes in the 16-person event, and they were all less than a third of her age!
A week later, Rachel and Jamie competed again in San Francisco. Rachel surprised us all by besting her personal record AGAIN, logging a time of 10:42, which is amazing for someone as light as she is. Her new nickname is “The Beast”. Jamie, coached by his wife Kathryn, found the experience of another competition invaluable in establishing baselines for future endeavors as a rower.
CONGRATS TO ALL THE DSC ATHLETES, PARENTS, RELATIVES, AND FRIENDS WHO EITHER COMPETED OR LENT SUPPORT AT THESE TWO INDOOR ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS. HERE’S HOPING EVEN MORE DSC REPRESENTATION WILL BE AT THESE EVENTS NEXT YEAR!
Stockton, California held its historic first indoor rowing competition on January 27, 2020 at Health Careers Academy.
The cheering never stopped! Unified Events brought together adaptive and general ed PE students from Stockton Unified School District schools that are benefiting from the George Pocock Rowing Foundation’s Erg Ed® curriculum.
Organizers Dr. Pat Tirone, Executive Director of Delta Sculling Center, and Zebulon Gromm, PE teacher at Health Careers Academy, brought together 75 students to participate in the competition with the assistance of Stockton Unified School District's PE teachers trained in Erg Ed® and SUSD Athletic Director Joseph Martinez.
Competitions (done as general ed, adaptive PE, and unified events) included 500 meter sprints, 2K races, 10-minute relays, and a 30-second max power challenge. The unified relay events consisted of 3 general ed PE and 3 adaptive PE students.
Competitors put so much into the day’s challenges that many were falling to the floor upon completing events!
We look forward to continuing the championships for SUSD in the semesters to come!
Also, The Pocock Foundation graciously included the championship we held in their 2020 Newsletter. Read below for their write up:
Stockton, California held its historic first Erg Ed indoor rowing competition, Jan. 27th at Health Careers Academy, where the cheering never stopped. Organizers Dr. Pat Tirone, Executive Director of Delta Sculling Center, and Zebulon Gromm, a PE teacher at HCA, with the assistance of Unified School District's PE teachers trained in Erg Ed and SUSD Athletic Director Joseph Martinez, gathered 75 students to participate in the competition. The teams were divided into three categories: general ed, adaptive PE, and unified events (featuring three adaptive and three general ed athletes together on one team). The competition included 500 meter sprints, 2K races, 10-minute relays, and 30-second max power tests. Competitors put so much into the day's efforts, it left some falling to the floor upon completing their events.
Delta Sculling Center was recently mentioned in the news on JL Racing's blog, The Launch. JL Racing is the official partner and outfitter of US Rowing. Please read about Joline's experience with the sport, her pursuit of inclusion, and her mention of DSC among other incredible organizations working day in and day out to achieve similar goals.
Thank you for continuing this conversation! I was so grateful to Megan O’Leary when I first read “I want my sport to look more like my country” and the first time I heard Arshay Cooper say that a sport is not really a sport until it is truly inclusive! So now thank you, to you, Joline, to share an example of how you have been treated as “other” (and I love your acknowledgement that the feelings sparked by feeling “other” were/are “dust-mote” sized compared to what many live with constantly).
But we do all know what it means to be “othered” in some way – we can all find our own examples! And I appreciate that you note: "While I have actively chosen my differences, there are many more who are born into boxes we never even knew existed. Boxes we are only now coming to understand or unpack – requiring more active compassion than ever.
Yes – more compassion than ever — that’s my prayer for 2020 . I love your action list – that will help the prayer come to fruition!
Take a look at this past month's article in The University of the Pacific's Dean's Letter featuring Pat Tirone and The Healing Powers of Rowing:
When Patricia “Pat” Tirone ’02, PT, DPT, EdD moved from New York to California, her career path was at a crossroads. In order to continue to work in adult education in California, she would have to go back to school, even though she had a doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she also had trained teachers. Her experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa, prior to graduate studies in New York, had sparked an interest in pursuing a career in health care. “Physical therapy married everything I was interested in because physical therapy requires teaching skills,” said Dr. Tirone.
Becoming a student in Pacific’s doctor of physical therapy program also led to a new hobby when one of her classmates introduced her to the world of competitive rowing. When she discovered individual sculling, she never looked back. In sculling, the rower has an oar in each hand as compared to sweep rowing, where each rower has a single oar. “The feeling of being on the water by yourself and propelling across the water is very addictive,” Dr. Tirone said.
“Without my experiences as a physical therapist, I would not have had the courage to bring my own patients down to the water to help them reclaim sport.”
Dr. Tirone is the director of Delta Sculling Center, where she is also the head coach. The center’s motto is “Where EveryBODY Sculls.” “I think a sport is not really a sport until it is inclusive,” she said. They adapt their boats to meet the needs of individuals with physical, cognitive or sensory limitations. Many of these individuals use wheelchairs, walkers or prosthetics. “When you are in the boat those things are gone,”Dr. Tirone said. “There is a meditative quality to the freedom one finds on the water.” The sport demands commitment and perseverance, but offers a sense of peace and community. Time and again, Dr. Tirone has witnessed the restorative power of rowing.
She received the USRowing 2018 Isabel Bohn Award, named in honor of a pioneer and role model in the world of adaptive rowing who lost her left leg at age 11. Dr. Tirone was humbled to receive the award and accepted it on behalf of the center’s volunteers, staff and athletes. Speaking of the award’s past recipients, she said, “Those are my mentors.”
In 2016, the center received a grant from USRowing, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, to establish Freedom Rows, a program for military veterans suffering from PTSD and other war-related injuries. The center is also bringing rowing to local schools. Dr. Tirone helped successfully secure a grant from the George Pocock Rowing Foundation to bring Erg Ed®, an indoor rowing education program, to Stockton Unified School District and local Aspire Public Schools.
Established in 2010 in Seattle, the program uses indoor rowing machines, known as ergometers or ergs, to introduce students to the sport. In addition to rowing skills, the students learn about exercise, goal setting and teamwork. Delta Sculling Center facilitates moving the rowing machines from one school to another and assists the work of physical education teachers who implement the Erg Ed® curriculum in their schools.
Dr. Tirone is currently a consultant for Rehab Without Walls. She works with patients who are coming out of acute care, many of whom have severe orthopedic and neurologic injuries. She is part of an interdisciplinary team that consists of an occupational therapist, neuropsychologist, speech-language pathologist and social worker. “For me, that work is really exciting in terms of both getting that patient back on his or her feet and back to being a part of the community.” She finds great reward in “being a part of getting them back to their life.”
Looking back at her time at Pacific, Dr. Tirone remembers the “incredibly positive, supportive atmosphere.” “The way my classmates supported one another reminds me of a rowing team,” she said. “My life is so much richer than it would have been had I not become a physical therapist. I bring to my physical therapy the insights of an educator. Without my experiences as a physical therapist, I would not have had the courage to bring my own patients down to the water to help them reclaim sport.” Through the power of rowing, the center is helping individuals become athletes again.
By Anne Marie H. Bergthold
What a great day it was in Gold River on Saturday October 26, 2019 —flat water and sunny weather!
This is to extend the most heartfelt thanks to ALL of you who came to help our DSC Girls Row Stockton and Masters teams for the Head of the American on Saturday! Special thanks to Kim for being our fearless trailer driver and accompanying Pat and Bob O on Friday evening staking out our “camp”, returning home to Valley Springs, and coming back before dawn to do ALL we do at regattas!
Much gratitude to our Masters (Bev, Chuck, Jody who helped at the boathouse on Thursday evening when we loaded boats and Sandra, Carmen, Jean, Karen, and Chuck at the race course on Saturday). None of these generous Masters were competing but all gave of their time and energy to assist getting boats off on the trailer and later off and then again back on the trailer, rigging and de-rigging boats, getting our scullers in and out of the water, and SO MUCH MORE!!
And, of course, the fantastic parents and grandparents and an aunt of our GRS scullers who 1) set up our “camp” before the sun came up and took it down before dusk, 2) provided the best nourishment any team could hope for, 3) cheered (along with the Masters) louder than any team at the regatta, and 4) helped in many other ways.
Thanks also to Coach G for helping to organize everyone with getting boats ready for the races and working with the girls to have a positive experience.
Finally, congrats to all the competitors, who all felt very good about their races: Masters Kim, Lesley, Amy K. and Susan in a quad, Bob Lee and Rachel in the inclusive mixed double, and Bob O in his single; and GRS scullers Amy [initial] & Ivy and Sydney & Skylar in doubles, and Hannah, Elise, Khushi and Callie in a quad.
As Junior scullers Amy and Ivy said at the end of the day back at the boathouse, probably echoing what every DSC sculler would say, they felt so much more confident, happy, and willing to train harder to do even better in future races next year.
MUCHISIMAS GRACIAS A TODOS!!
GREAT day racing at Head of the Port!! So thankful and blessed to have such wonderful teammates who make up our DSC community! From the beginning to the end, the wonderful support for one another . . . volunteers and rowers shined and beyond!!!
As Sandra said to me, "I LOVE MY TEAM!"
And also, special thanks to the folks who came just to support the team - our own pit crew: Karen Crovella, Linda Acton, Beverly Klunk and Sandra Cruz!!! Thank you, Rebecca! Thank you athletes Kim, May, Linn, Rachel, Rebecca, Amy, Susan, Bob L, Renaldo and the GRS team! Thank you to Coach G and to all of the supportive and fantastic parents who prepared delicious food, captured stellar photo moments, and supported us from sun up to sun down.
We could not do what we do without our entire supportive community!
With Deep Gratitude,
From Sandra, Bev and junior parents -- some pics to enjoy!
The New York Times recently published a beautiful article about balance in our boats and balance in life! When we read the author's words about her rowing experience, it sparked us to deeply reflect on how sculling has changed our lives over the years.
What has the sport taught you about yourself and about your life?
How has it improved your relationships with others and the relationship with yourself?
Please comment below with your reflections, or share your experience with others.
Take time to reflect, and maybe even write down, the ways our sport has impacted your life.
The more we can talk to others, the more we can change lives through the beautiful and impactful properties that our sport has to offer to everyBODY!
Finding Balance in a Tiny, Wobbly Boat
by Tara Murtha
October 1, 2019
* This article was published in the Wellness section of The New York Times
Rowing is a rigorous workout for the muscles as well as for mindfulness: Not wanting to flip keeps you focused.
I woke up one day a few years ago and realized my life had been reduced to a hamster wheel of deadlines. I worked through nights, weekends, dinner, vacations and almost my marriage. At the time, I thought of strength as endurance and thought I could handle it. My body disagreed.
I’d drag all day long then lie awake in bed at night, overwhelmed by the hot buzzing sensation of intense anxiety. Sometimes I struggled to breathe. I’m being choked to death by the invisible hand of late-stage capitalism, I’d say, only half-kidding.
I knew I needed to get offline, go outside and exercise, but physical activity more intense than yoga or walking made me dry heave and break into a cold sweat. My body was sending a clear message: My typical Type-A style of mowing down deadlines wasn’t working anymore. I needed a new approach.
I spent about a year building strength by doing 20-minute yoga videos. One day I was stretching on a dock by the river near my home in Philadelphia, the Schuylkill, when a dragon boat full of female paddlers pulled up and invited me, a stranger, to join them. Why not? I climbed in and took a paddle. The random experience inspired me to join a dragon-boating team the next year.
I enjoyed being on the river, but dragon-boating means you have to swing your paddle at exactly the same time as everyone else in the boat or you slow everyone else down. I got in shape, but it felt like having to hit dozens of deadlines a minute under a blazing sun.
One day while walking by the river I spotted a single rower peacefully sculling across the water just before sundown and realized that’s where I wanted to be. I didn’t want to try to keep up with other people. I needed to find my own pace.
The next spring, I signed up for a new-member training program at Philadelphia Girls’ Rowing Club. Eight weeks later, I was wobbling down the river in my very own, very tippy-feeling, absurdly tiny boat. It was unsettling to feel as if shifting a few inches the wrong way could flip me face-first into cold water. That whole first summer I nervously stayed close to the shoreline, awkwardly stabbing my oars at the water while watching real rowers glide past me.
Rowing is a physically tough workout but also provides excellent practice in mindfulness. Not wanting to flip is a strong motivation for staying focused on the present moment. Every stroke is an invitation to correct mistakes made during the one before. Rowing is about perpetually starting over.
Slowly, I learned how to stay afloat.
There’s nothing like shoving off the dock at sunrise when the water is calm and still as a mirror. I stretch my arms out like a divining rod and press my legs until the boat glides backward and takes me with it. I do it again, micro-correcting my stroke. Whoosh. A rowing lap on the Schuylkill begins by facing the Philadelphia skyline. I can see the statue of William Penn standing atop City Hall a few blocks from my old office, where I spent countless hours alone staring at words on a computer screen well past midnight. Whoosh. The city disappears behind the river’s bend.
I took up rowing because I needed to get out of my head and into my body but along the way, I realized I was also rowing myself back into the world. I glide beneath a bridge rattling with trains carrying suburban commuters to their offices then begin looking for sunbathing turtles, calm kings perched on rocks along the river’s edge. I check out the ducks. If I’m lucky I glimpse a great blue heron and get to watch this magnificent bird’s slow wingbeat lift its hollow bones into the air.
You can learn a lot about yourself in a boat. Over time, I realized my bad rowing habits reflected the same shortcomings that led to burnout in the first place. I can be anxious and too eager to please, so I often find myself yanking on the oars instead of relying on stronger muscles in my legs and back to do the work. At the end of the stroke, I’m supposed to push my hands away as quickly as possible to set up for what’s called the recovery, meaning the slow slide back up to the stern. It took me months to stop rushing through the recovery, even though you’re supposed to spend more time in recovery than in the more muscular parts of the stroke.
I still catch myself staring at my feet, miserably muscling through the miles instead of maintaining correct posture and lifting my chin enough to gaze at the horizon. When my coach sees me hunched over he laughs and gestures at the trees and blue sky. “Look up! It’s beautiful out here!”
Sometimes I realize I must be doing something wrong because I’m too tired, too soon. I’ve come to recognize exhaustion as an opportunity, an invitation to efficiency.
Like the burnout that led me to row in the first place, feeling exhausted when I have to row two miles back to the dock tells me I need to reconsider my approach, to work smarter, not harder.
Rowing taught me that balance is more important than endurance, and that I can cultivate it.
I work hard now but have a life outside of the office, complete with nights and dinners and vacations. My husband no longer refers to himself as a writer’s widower. I took tap dancing lessons last year, and I play in a band. I even have sunlight hours to spend on the river.
More experienced rowers tell me that achieving the perfect stroke can take a lifetime. That’s fine with me. All I have to do is remember why I got in the boat in the first place, and then start all over again.
Tara Murtha is a writer and author of “Ode to Billie Joe.”
To view the full article, please visit The New York Times' website.
Photos were taken by the incredible and talented Seana Burke and Leo Bastimo, who came from Sacramento and volunteered their time to photograph the event!
The DSC Board of Directors is thrilled to announce that Georgiana Ogrean has been hired to be Head Junior Coach/Program Manager. As Novice Masters Coach at Lake Merritt Rowing Club, she has excelled in developing new rowers. This summer she is Head Coach of DSC’s successfully running summer sculling camps for middle and high school girls, building the groundwork for an even stronger GRS team in 2019-2020. As a rower herself, her ascendency has been remarkable for one who began rowing in 2016! Her passion for and commitment to rowing has led to the following accomplishments at LMRC: 1st place in Mixed Masters 8+ at the Head of the Lagoon 2018; 2nd place in the Mixed A 4x event at USRowing Masters Nationals 2018; and 1st place in Mixed Masters Novice 8+ at Gold Rush 2018, Wine Country Classic 2017, and Head of the American 2017. An accomplished sculler, Georgiana will bring her passion for the sport to Stockton’s youth in DSC’s Girls Row Stockton team and the Erg Ed program in local schools. She will also assist DSC as a whole by making use of her boat maintenance and repair skills and her proclivity for program management.
Before rowing took over her life, Coach Georgiana, who hails from Romania, did post-doctoral work at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Stanford in Astrophysics research on the heels of finishing her PhD in Physics at the University of Hamburg. Those studies were preceded by her MSc in Astroparticle Physics and BSc in Earth and Space Sciences, both at Jacobs University Bremen. Her brilliance is matched by her upbeat demeanor, great sense of humor, and excitement for our beloved sport.
Welcome, Georgiana. We are THRILLED that you are a part of DSC!
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!