Winter Training Starts Tomorrow

Hello Everyone!
As many of you know, tomorrow will be the first day of Winter Training! While the Winter season might be the hardest season in rowing, it is when we build our success in the Spring. Not only that, but in this time of rebuilding for our club, it is essential we have your support. I am confident we can turn Norwalk into one of the strongest clubs in the Northeast, but it will take the dedication of our members and athletes to make it possible!

So if you have not signed up yet, it is not too late! Our wondrous tech guru, Elisabeth Stonehill has reworked our website to make it very easy to find the sign up page which you can find here. If you have any issues or questions, feel free to email me. We are always willing to work with our members to find the best program for them.

Practice will be located at the Norwalk Senior Center on 11 Allen Rd. Our club has used the facilities in the past and through our good relationship with the administration there has been granted access of the space at a very low cost. We will have access to ERGs as well as a gym space with free weights and machines. We have everything we need to emerge from the Winter faster than ever and ready to race in the Spring!

Finally, I would encourage everyone to reach out to friends, family, coworkers, classmates, and anyone else you may know and tell them about our programs. We will be having events each month where prospective rowers are welcome to come in, learn the basics, and see if rowing is the right sports for them. I am also happy to talk to anyone who is interested in our program, so please feel free to give out my contact information.

I look forward to a great Winter season and wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving this week!

Cheers,

James Donovan
Norwalk River Rowing

NRRA all Club Work Day Sat 11/18 9AM to 11AM

Coop is working hard today to be ready for you tomorrow….if you can make it 9-11 at NRRA that would be great, many hands light work make! Jeff

On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 11:45 AM, Jeffrey Thompson <jthompson> wrote:

As a reminder to all , see Nov. 1 Update, we have an all hands work day scheduled for this Saturday from 9AM to 11AM….this party is open to all members and rowers, no previous experience needed. These Days are fashioned a few times a year to ready the club for the coming season, in this case Winter. Jobs big and small need addressing and your help will make this process quick, fun? and painless.

The alternative…hire labor, charges more fees and miss out on this team building event….this way is better!.

Coop and I are looking forward to seeing you there!….here is how Coop sees it….

Who: All Masters, Parents, Youth, and College athletes

Where : At NRR site

When: Saturday morning 11/18 9am-11am

What:

  • Sweep and clean shellhouse
  • Transfer shells from dock to site
  • Reconstruct tan ‘breadloaf’ tent
  • Erect/secure tent ^^ and cover outdoor exercise equipment
  • Wash/clean/lube ALL C2 rowing ergometer machines
  • Mount ramp support between pilings for winter
  • And more…..

Early Winter programs start 11/20…have you signed up? Bringing a friend? Call me with questions…

Train Hard, Row Well, Jeff

NRRA all Club Work Day Sat 11/18 9AM to 11AM

As a reminder to all , see Nov. 1 Update, we have an all hands work day scheduled for this Saturday from 9AM to 11AM….this party is open to all members and rowers, no previous experience needed. These Days are fashioned a few times a year to ready the club for the coming season, in this case Winter. Jobs big and small need addressing and your help will make this process quick, fun? and painless.

The alternative…hire labor, charges more fees and miss out on this team building event….this way is better!.

Coop and I are looking forward to seeing you there!….here is how Coop sees it….

Who: All Masters, Parents, Youth, and College athletes

Where : At NRR site

When: Saturday morning 11/18 9am-11am

What:

  • Sweep and clean shellhouse
  • Transfer shells from dock to site
  • Reconstruct tan ‘breadloaf’ tent
  • Erect/secure tent ^^ and cover outdoor exercise equipment
  • Wash/clean/lube ALL C2 rowing ergometer machines
  • Mount ramp support between pilings for winter
  • And more…..

Early Winter programs start 11/20…have you signed up? Bringing a friend? Call me with questions…

Train Hard, Row Well, Jeff

Come to Family Day! Oct 14th 8 am-11 am

Everyone’s invited to Norwalk River Rowing’s Family Day!

Masters, Youth, Racing and Dev, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, partners.

Saturday, Oct 14
8am – 11am  (coincides with youth practice)
1 Moodys Lane, Norwalk

Bring something yummy to share.

Never rowed before but was curious? Take a tour in the barge. Get on an erg.

We look forward to seeing you!

Matt Labine – Saying Good-bye

Matt with his Novice Girls in May 2014

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Matt Labine late last week.

Matt was a long-time member of the Norwalk River Rowing Community. While Matt had an illustrious career as a varsity rower for Yale and the US National Team, he came to Norwalk in 2005 as a parent of a Youth athlete on our racing team, Mike and, later, Ann. Matt was immediately very involved with the NRRA, was elected to the Board of Directors, and became Chairman of the Board in 2009. After Matt’s tenure on the Board, Matt joined the coaching staff of the Girls Racing team as Novice Coach, alongside his wife Catharine as Girls Head Coach.  Matt later spent more time in a launch on our river as Assistant Women’s Coach for Fairfield University.

We send thoughts and prayers to Catharine, Mike and Ann.

Matt will be missed by Norwalk River Rowing and the entire rowing community.

Registration for Fall Programs at Norwalk River Rowing is OPEN!!!

Registration is now open for the Fall Youth (High School, Middle School), Adult (Masters, Novice) and Learn to Row programs at Norwalk River Rowing Association (NRRA). This fall season features programs for conditioning, fitness and learning for rowers of all skill sets, from experienced to those who’ve never put an oar in the water. By working with NRRA’s experienced coaches and staff, participants can significantly improve their rowing skills and enjoy the fall season out on the water.

Rowing is one of the few non-weight bearing sports that exercises all the major muscle groups. Rowing also improves cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength as well as provides a positive environment that teaches teamwork, patience and focus. Athletes learn discipline and grit both on the water and on land, as well as dedication to and trust in their teammates. Rowing strengthens an individual both mentally and physically while giving them a network of peers and coaches they are able to rely on.

Norwalk River Rowing Hosts Youth in Learn-to-Row Day

On July 20, NRRA hosted the Hall Neighborhood House where 27 youth learned to take their first strokes and were taught basic rowing skills. Although it was a hot, humid day that didn’t dampen their spirits as they learned about the shells (boats) and were ‘crew’ for the day as they felt what it is like to row on the water. Their counselor, Rachel, was a part of NRRA’s outreach program over 12 years ago herself and continues to provide that same experience for her campers.

Hall Neighborhood House, located in Bridgeport, CT., promotes and empowers a community of lifelong learners who create trusting relationships with one another and participate in high-quality programming. The Mission of Hall is to provide services that will educate, enrich and empower the lives of residents of all ages of the East Side of Bridgeport and the surrounding community. They strive for their youth to try new things, make friends, learn new skills, find inspiration, and grow into the next generation of leaders. They promote a love for learning, so youth will thrive in school, college, work, and beyond.

Similar to Hall’s mission of providing new experiences for their youth, NRRA’s Learn-to-Row program hosts local community members to come and learn about rowing and gain an appreciation for the sport. Classes are geared toward middle school and early high school athletes new to the sport where they can have the opportunity to learn what rowing is all about. An outreach program for all youth across all skill sets.
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Norwalk River Rowing Association (NRRA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which promotes a lifelong passion for the sport of rowing. It is dedicated to providing wellness and competition among adult members, and athletic and educational opportunities for the youth of all surrounding communities, including Darien, Fairfield, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Stamford, Westport, Weston, and Wilton in CT, as well as Bedford, Cross River and Pound Ridge in NY. Our world-class coaching staff provides a comprehensive program of rowing courses and activities for both youth and adults of all ability and income levels, in a fun and friendly environment from our site on the Norwalk River. Visit www.NorwalkRiverRowing.org more information on the club and programs.

NRRA Qualifies Thirteen Area Athletes for 2017 National Youth Championships

Norwalk River Rowing recently qualified 13 area athletes for the prestigious 2017 USRowing Youth National Championships to be held June 9-11th in Sarasota, FL. The athletes qualified by posting top 3 finishes at the US Rowing Youth Northeast Regionals held in Worcester, MA, May 20-21. In addition to qualifying these 13 athletes for the premier junior rowing event in the US, Norwalk River Rowing captured three gold, four silver and four bronze medals at the Northeast Regionals.

The 2017 Youth National Championships in Sarasota will bring together 1,500 athletes from some 150 teams – all vying for national titles in 18 boat classes. Representing NRRA at the Youth Nationals will be Olivia Bernadini, Mackenzie Cote, Mackenzie Holmgren, Liam Jenkins, Kevin Lenihan, Oliver Peacock, Ethan Reichgut, Jamie Trentos from Wilton; Ben Hufnagel, Victoria Markow from Norwalk; Lorenzo Del’Innocenti from Westport; Bo Pollio from Darien; and Ian Trostle from Pound Ridge. These qualifiers posted top 3 finishes in Men’s and Women’s Pairs and Lightweight Doubles, as well as Men’s Lightweight Doubles and Men’s Lightweight Four.

Members of NRRA’s Youth Racing Team heading to USRowing Youth National Championships June 9-11, to be held in Sarasota, FL. From back-left: Jamie Trentos, Bo Pollio, Kevin Lenihan, Ben Hufnagel, Liam Jenkins, Ethan Reichgut, Oliver Peacock, Lorenzo Del’Innicenti, Ian Trostle. Front-left: Olivia Bernardini, Victoria Markow, Mackenzie Holmgren, and Mackenzie Cote.

The Youth Northeast Regionals Championship in Worcester, MA included approximately 2,000 athletes from over 40 teams. NRRA won Gold with first-place finishes in the Women’s lightweight single by MacKenzie Holmgren from Wilton, and the Men’s lightweight single by Ian Trostle from Pound Ridge. The club also won Gold with a first-place finish in the U17 8+ with a crew that included Adam Harley, Liam Jenkins, Alex Stepnowsky, Austin Crowel from Wilton; John Markow, Kaden Lints from Norwalk; Alex Hu from Darien; Lorenzo Del’Innocenti from Westport; and coxswain Lee McAndrews from Fairfield. NRRA also medaled in the Men’s lightweight single with Luke Briglin from Wilton, and in the Men’s 2nd Quad with Matt Rauccio, Luke Briglin and Max Schwartz from Wilton; and Christian Lawrence from Pound Ridge.

NRRA youth racing head coaches include Drew Combs for Women and Yuri Kolomiets for Men, with assistant coaching by Irina Skobreva, Stephanie Allgood, Luke Auger and Devon Brameier.

Norwalk River Rowing Association (NRRA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which promotes a lifelong passion for the sport of rowing. It is dedicated to providing wellness and competition among adult members, and athletic and educational opportunities for the youth of all surrounding communities, including Darien, Fairfield, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Stamford, Westport, Weston, and Wilton in CT, as well as Bedford, Cross River and Pound Ridge in NY. Our world-class coaching staff provides a comprehensive program of rowing courses and activities for both youth and adults of all ability and income levels, in a fun and friendly environment from our site on the Norwalk River. Visit www.NorwalkRiverRowing.org more information on the club and programs.