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Western Reserve Rowing Engages Veterans, Military and Disabled Communities Through Expanded Outreach Programs

CLEVELAND, Feb. 1, 2018 -- Western Reserve Rowing Association (WRRA), Cleveland’s premier adult rowing club, continues its legacy as a trailblazer for community inclusion by announcing the latest additions to its outreach rowing programs: Veterans Rowing Leagues and Pararowing. The new programs offer teamwork, camaraderie, and exercise to new and experienced adult rowers across all abilities, ages, and skill levels. “We have offered a variety of rowing options for Clevelanders for 29 years. We embrace the diversity of our community and all it brings to the sport of rowing. Because the best way our club works is everybody in. Nobody out,” says WRRA president Victoria Anders.

The new WRRA offerings are:

Veterans Rowing League, a 15-week program that teaches the basics of sweep rowing in a coed team setting for those interested in a fun and challenging training program with the goal of competing at appropriate levels as skills progress in an eight-person boat. Participants start by learning the basics of the rowing stroke and join experienced military and veteran rowers as confidence and capabilities improve. The program is open to BK (below-the-knee) amputees given the nature of the program.

Pararowing is a rowing, or sculling, program developed for military and non-military participants with disabilities and includes indoor and on-water rowing for fitness, competing, and recreation in sculling boats meant for one or two rowers. Experienced staff and volunteers adjust the equipment for each boat so the capabilities of each participant are maximized. Coaching is provided both on and off the water, and each participant is monitored on the water by a coach in a motorized boat. Adaptations to equipment are made for disabilities, such as: BK (below-the-knee), AK (above-the-knee) amputees.

  • A military discount would apply to eligible Military/Veterans who register for Veterans/Military programs.
  • Military Program Eligible: Active Duty Service Members, National Guard and Reservists, Veterans/Service-disabled Veterans, Gold Star adult family members.

“We are very excited for this new initiative and we are confident it will be a success with our knowledgeable membership. Donations and community support are an important aspect of any new action like this. Information about how to get involved can be found at, www.westernreserverowing.com/outreach,” says Megan O’Donnell Patton, Director of Community Engagement and Development, Western Reserve Rowing Association.

About WRRA

The Western Reserve Rowing Association (WRRA) is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization with over 500 members that offers a variety of membership and rowing program options aimed at developing and maintaining a diverse membership of adults of all ages. WRRA is affiliated with the Cleveland Rowing Foundation (CRF) and a member of USRowing, the governing body for the sport of rowing in the U.S.

 

Winter Mini-Maintenance Saturdays

Kicking off this Saturday (December 2) and going through much of the winter (December 2, 9, 16; January 6, 13, 27; February 3, 10, 17, 24), the WRRA Equipment Committee will be presenting Mini-Maintenance Saturdays at the Cleveland Rowing Foundation​ boathouse.
 
Open to all members, these hour and a half long repair sessions will be in-depth and focus on one boat at a time. The Equipment Committee members will work along side you, show you how to make the repairs, and answer your questions.   
 
All sessions run 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Let us know you're coming so we can plan accordingly, sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe0_96ESt0BHkMRxsIiNMBbxzKa5jpitcyEN_VN-P-uaQv6OQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
 
Volunteer time will be accredited to participants. If you have any questions or comments please e-mail: equipment@westernreserverowing.com

Winter / Indoor Erging Available!

There are both open and coached erg sessions and starting in December we will have some early morning sessions. This is an excellent way to stay in shape over the winter and to improve your rowing technique for next summer!

You can follow the masters team workouts on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays or do your own workout. Afterwards there is a short ab workout including planks and wall sits that you are welcome to join.

On Mondays and Wednesdays starting November 27th, there will be coached erg sessions to help with technique. They will incorporate stretching, drills and some strength training. Again, if you prefer you can do your own thing and erg on your own.

OPEN ERG SESSIONS
November 20, 2017 - February 28, 2018:

Tues. & Thurs. mornings, 5:30-7 AM (Dec. only)
Mon. - Thurs. evenings, 6-8 PM
Saturday mornings, 8-10 AM

COACHED ERG SESSIONS
November 27, 2017 - April 11, 2018:

Mon. & Weds. evenings 6:00-7:30 PM
(Christmas/New Years Day excepted)

There is no fee to members who rowed both summer AND fall. There is a fee for members who only rowed one season.

See the website for all the details, start dates and a link to register if need be.