|Club||Asheville Youth Rowing Association||Asheville Youth Rowing||Asheville||NC|
|High School||Charles D. Owen High|
|Best Time (mm:ss.s)||-||7:20.0||19:57.0||-||-||-||-|
|Bench Press (max)||Wingspan||Years rowing|
I love rowing and want to continue participating competitively for as long as possible. Since my family lacks the financial means to send me out of state or to a school with a strong rowing program without support, this is my chance to further my experience. I strongly feel that the personal advantages I gain through rowing benefit me in all kinds of ways beyond athletics and help me be a better community member overall.
My first real leadership role came in 7th grade when I was elected Treasurer for my school's student council. In this role, I tended to the club's finances and served the entire student body which included kindergarten through 8th grades. The following year I was elected student council president which gave me an even greater opportunity to serve as a leader in my school community. In that role I presided over the entire council and served the whole student body.
I suffered injury and have learned how important it is to take care of my body. This means stretching and engaging in well-rounded exercises so my entire body stays strong. I also eat healthy and strive to manage stress so I am mentally healthy as well. One of the reasons rowing appeals to me is because it is a collaborative sport. We all work hard for our crew and there is no single superstar. I think healthy athletic performance is also about developing teamwork and the skills to cooperate with others.
I have been volunteering with a local non-profit hunger relief organization called Bounty & Soul since 8th grade. Bounty & Soul provides fresh and healthy food to the community. I support their core values, which focus on building strong community connections and promoting overall health and wellness. I help sort food and set up weekly markets. I enjoy interacting with people at the markets and helping people get the support they need in a fun, relaxed and non-judgmental atmosphere.
My family has supported a local no-kill animal shelter by serving as foster parents to dogs seeking adoption. I have enjoyed helping these dogs by socializing them, taking care of their basic needs and promoting them at adoption events. I appreciate the fact that fostering gives these animals an advantage by teaching them good behavior. It also gives the dogs a happier place to live while they await adoption. It also prevents good dogs from being euthanized due to lack of space or resources.
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