Valdez Washington, one of several adaptive rowers at the Delta Sculling Center, was a high school and community college track star in 200-, 400- and 800-meter races. Because of a serious injury, he suspended his track ambitions. But he was able, instead, to turn his athletic passion to sculling at DSC. When he first began his workouts on an erg (land rowing machine), he had difficulty walking and getting on to and off of an erg without losing his balance. Now he is not only becoming powerful on the erg, needing no assistance whatsoever, but he is also becoming confident on the water, rowing both in an Alden wide-bodied boat for beginners and in a MAAS double. He is considered an LTA rower, an adaptive rowing category that stands for “Legs, Trunk and Arms.” With all his accomplishments in just two months at DSC, he left the following note for Coach Pat:
“Pat, thank you so much for everything that you have done for me. I never thought I would love anything as much as Track; Rowing is definitely getting up there.”
July, 2014 update: Valdez now rows a WinTech Explorer 21 without pontoons alone during practices and with pontoons during races!
Duke began sculling only in January 2013. He's a natural! So natural that just about a month ago, so passionate about sculling, he purchased himself a used Kaschper single racing shell. He's finally been able to get himself into his shell, held back by a surgery. As soon as he is completely healed, nothing will stop him! Watch out sculling world - here comes Duke!
Duke MacGill is well on his way to being part of Concept2's "Million Meter Club" in less than a year from starting our sport. Last Spring he was walking his dog up a slippery boat ramp, slipped and tore his rotator cuff. He just had a surgical repair less than six weeks ago and his left arm is in a sling, 24-7! Here's how he's continuing to erg, not using his arms, just pushing with his legs (one a prosthesis, mind you) and swinging his trunk! I know plenty of folks rowing for a good long while who can't achieve a 2:47 split even using four intact extremities! P.S. That's Duke in the blue shirt in the right hand photo above!