*Registration for the 2017 season opens on March 6. While we excitedly wait for the new season to begin, we will be taking an opportunity to look back on highlights from the 2016 season. Today we meet the Masters Competitive Sculling Team. Thanks to Betsy Mead for the season summary!
What best describes our “motley crew”? We are devoted to and thrive on the art of sculling! We row straight and strong! The core group of our program has rowed together for years — some of them are the “founding mothers and fathers” of ACR, established in 1988. This should tell you something about our chronological age. Let’s just say that on average, we are probably the oldest, most senior, and certainly most experienced scullers in ACR! But, we are young at heart and welcome other seniors to join our fun! Here are 5 things you should know about us:
1. We compete when we feel like it – most of us already have a collection of medals hanging in our closets or hidden in our drawers…you know, been there done that! But once in a while it’s nice to restock – we do win occasionally! This year, one of our almost octogenarians competed at Nationals and the Head of the Charles, some of our crew sculled an octuple at Wye Island, and we competed in various head races.
2. We are survivors. Nothing stops us from sculling — not breast cancer, auto-immune disease, knee & hip replacements, sports injuries, shoulder or neck surgeries — Nothing!
3. We share our rowing knowledge & skills with others: one of our rowers coaches breast cancer survivors; another rower referees at regattas; and our coaches teach adaptive rowers the art and beauty of sculling, showing them that “YES, they can!”
4. As our bodies have aged, most of us have developed allergies to “The ERG!” Just seeing one causes an immediate need to run in the opposite direction! But we prevent muscle atrophy and increase our strength by carrying launches, and keep aerobically fit with our weekly dock cleaning!
5. We have developed a wealth of knowledge, wisdom, and know-how over the years — we know how to boss our coaches around and make them help us lift boats out of the water — and they know how to listen to their “elders”!
Back row: Coach Irene Walsh, Bette Gorman, Art Shaw, Mary Clay Berry, Betsy Mead, Barbara Moore, Steve Roberts
Front row: Michael Spatz, Ruth Roberts, Patty Franklin, David Taylor
Not pictured: Coach Daniel Voigtsberger, Linda Fiedler, Maryann Jones, Doris Parker, Nancy Pomerleau, Mark Walsh, Alan Weatherley