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|Club||Plamen Petrov and Nadia Petrova||Oregon Rowing Unlimited||Portland||OR|
|Best Time (mm:ss.s)||-||7:43.3||-||-||-||-||-|
|Bench Press (max)||Wingspan||Years rowing|
JOBS: Lifeguard, swim instructor, childcare worker.
ACADEMICS: International Baccalaureate student.
SERVICE: Work with Metro, ORU's Learn-to-Row program, Multnomah County Libraries, and Portland Parks and Rec..
I would love to carry rowing into my life beyond high school because it's more than just an extracurricular...it has taught me lessons of discipline, strength, and perseverance; it has given me lifelong friendships; it has taught me to be a balanced, organized student. I truly love it, and want it to be built into my life during college...recruitment would make that easier, and an athletic scholarship would make a good education more achievable for me.
Over this past summer, I participated in my club's Learn-to-Row program, and introduced a handful of younger kids to the sport, on and off the water. During practice I've pushed my own limits all year, and have finally become the fastest woman on the team, as far as 2ks go. I would hope that my PR is challenging my teammates, just as theirs have challenged me in the past. Outside of athletics, I am a lifeguard and swim instructor. Swim instructing is a passion point for me, and I believe that, as a coaching position of sorts, it certainly displays leadership.
Balance is very important to me. I strive to ensure that my athletic life does not negatively impact my grades, and know that my academics come first. That being said, I am very dedicated to keeping good attendance at practice, and am happy to say that rowing is something of an outlet for me...it keeps me both physically and mentally healthy.
I've spent several of my summer's volunteering at my local library, as an advocate for Portland's Summer Reading Program, which encourages kids of all ages to keep up their reading over break using a citywide challenge and prize system. I am passionate about this particular volunteering opportunity because of my own love of reading, and also because of my little brother, who has struggled with reading and writing his entire life, and has been discouraged out of reading. I want to actively steer other youths away from that path, because literature is wonderful, and should be experienced positively by everyone.
I've also worked with pre-schoolers in a nature camp on Mt. Tabor, and, along those same outdoorsy lines, I've recently started to volunteer at a Metro work site, planting/harvesting indigenous species and restoring land. These have both been fantastic experiences, and I am glad to have participated, because the environment and its well-being is another passion point of mine. Working with and learning about it on a local level is something I plan to continue doing well into the future.
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