By Kassandra Nevarez, Marketing and Communications Intern
Last Saturday, our middle school team attended a scrimmage at Pelham Community Rowing Association. For many of our athletes, it was their first time racing, which must have been an exciting experience!
“We saw a lot of growth under pressure and had great learning experiences all around. In terms of race results, the Girls 8+ finished 2nd out of 3 boats and the Mixed 8+ finished 2nd out of 4 boats. We are so proud!”- Denise Aquino, Middle School Program Coordinator
One of our athletes, Sophia, said
“It was scary! But fun… but scary!”
You’re right Sophia, racing can be scary. There’s always a lot going on during races, especially on a windy day. It’s really important to learn just how crazy everything can get, so you can also learn what to expect and do your best. Good job team, for pushing through and staying ready for everything!
Our team learned what aspects of their technique needed improvement and how to function in a high-pressure racing environment. Beyond rowing, they also learned a valuable lesson about diversity. Denise told her team:
“Memorably, Joshua said that “we’re such a diverse team.” It’s true; most other rowing teams/programs come from the same background. With everyone at Row New York coming from different racial and socio-economic backgrounds, we learn every day with every practice, with every ice breaker, and with every workshop that diversity is our strength. How we learn to respect and accept each other’s differences makes us the strongest team on the water no matter what place we’re in. “
Well said, Denise! This lesson is important for our youth, both on and off the water.
Great job racing, learning, and challenging yourselves this weekend!