For the last 5 months I have been travelling to Sydney once a month to train with some fantastic people in a coxed 4 boat.  We will be the first ever Australian Para Rowing crew to head over to Boston in October to contest the Head of The Charles Regatta.  This Regatta is billed as one of the biggest in the world with 2000 crews contesting the 5km course in all boat classes.

It was around 2009 when they introduced the LTA Category (Para Rowing for Legs, Trunk and Arms) and was always on my “Bucket List”.  So when I was approached and asked if I wanted to be part of the crew, the only question I had was how much of a commitment for training would be required.  As my training is geared for cycling and the World Championships I didn’t want to try and double up with rowing training.  I was told that one weekend a month was all that was needed and I jumped at the chance to be part of the crew.

Most of our training has taken place on the Nepean River out of the Penrith Rowing Club.  They have been kind enough to lend us a boat and the use of their shed.  But this past weekend we headed into the city area and were welcomed by the Balmain Rowing Club.  It was decided to row here because the Charles River in Boston is usually fairly rough water, so to better mimic the conditions this area of Sydney would be better for training.

We did a time trial through a number of the bays and inlets of the Sydney Harbour that was very similar to the course we will be racing.  I just hope that it isn’t as rough as it was for us during the time trial!  We had to contend with a number of ferry’s and water craft who seemed quite happy to not follow the 5 knot speed limit and I believe that if we can row through that, we can row through anything!

This past weekend was my last weekend of training with the crew because I leave for Canada in August for World Championships, so they will be training without me for the next couple of months.  But I know that they will be working hard and I look forward to taking part in Boston with them in October.  We have all been doing fundraising events to help us get there and I would just like to list them here.  If you are near any of them please help us by dropping in.

Victoria

Karma Keg – Sunday the 28th of July, 3pm-5pm – Northcote Social Club, 301 High St. Northcote

The Northcote Social Club has offered a keg of Carlton Draught Beer and all proceeds to come to the Boston Challenge.  It would be great to see everyone there and maybe stay for dinner afterwards.

New South Wales

Cocktail Party – Saturday August 10th, 5pm-8pm – Balmain Rowing Club, (lower) White Street, Balmain

Cost: $40pp (includes canapés, beer, wine, bubbles and lucky door prizes), RSVP by August 1st to n_duly@hotmail.com or 0402 426 012.  Payment details: Cash or DD to Nell P Duly, BSB 082401, Account Number 547921727 (please include your name on the transaction.)

Trivia Evening with a SuperHero Theme – Saturday the 21st of September, from 6pm – Balmain Town Hall, Darling St., Balmain. For tickets contact Andrea Knott on 0421 379 700 or asknotty@bigpond.com

There will be a couple of other events and when I have dates for them I will post them.

I wish the rest of the crew the best of luck for their future training and I know that we will come together once again in October as a great crew and do the best that we can possibly do.  As Dwight D. Eisenhower once said “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

The crew rowing out of Balmain, from left Nell, Carol, Pete, Steve and Kate

The crew rowing out of Balmain, from left Nell, Carol, Pete, Steve and Kate