|Club||Justin Watson||Riverfront Recapture||Hartford||CT|
|Bench Press (max)||Wingspan||Years rowing|
5th in A Finals N4+ at the Amber Zapatka Memorial Regatta in 2019
On the off season I have done many things to improve my performance as a coxswain and to continue learning and growing within the sport.
Summer 2019 - Attended Sparks Rowing Camp at Columbia University (NY) and Evergreen Rowing Camp at Dartmouth College (NH)
December 2019 - Attended Sparks Coxing Development Camp (Sarasota, FL)
Due to COVID-19, I unfortunately had to forgo the following opportunities.
March 2020 - USRowing ID Camps in Saratoga, New York
Summer 2020 - Sparks Holland Coxing Program in Amsterdam (Was selected as 1 of 8 participants total)
If a school is spending the time and money to recruit rowers, I know that the crew program is supported, and that's a significant factor in my college decision. I will be coxing for four years in college no matter what, and I want to have the best experience possible. I believe that recruitment is the way to make the most out of my collegiate coxing experience.
One of the ways I am a leader off the water is that I applied and became a tour guide at my school. To be a tour guide, you have to sacrifice a majority of your frees and occasionally Saturday mornings. This causes me to take on a lot of responsibility as I become the face of my school and the first person that prospective families interact with. I sign up for extra tours whenever I can, and am applying to be a head tour guide next year. I love touring families because I get to meet a lot of new people and share my experiences with them. Within my team, I have been a varsity coxswain since sophomore year, and on my fall review my coach wrote that I have "consistently showed up with a positive, flexible and outgoing attitude." and that I am "on a track to be a strong leader for the team in the future!" As the upperclassman graduate, I am excited to take on more responsibilities within my team. A time that I have shown leadership is that because of extenuating circumstances, I had to cox a race with no notice. I am proud of how I performed in that situation and honestly thought it was some of my best coxing, and I am disappointed that I didn't record it. Even though I had never worked with that boat before, we still did well, beating our other entry. I also have done multiple offseason coxing programs. I love crew, and I work very hard to be the best I can for my rowers and coaches.
For me, healthy athletic performance means maintaining a balance between crew and school. Although coxing is my main focus, I do many other extracurriculars like Model UN and Mock Trial. I have a lot of academic interests that I am invested in as well. I plan to graduate with a GESC (Global and Environmental Studies Certificate) and continue Arabic through the 5th level. Even though crew demands a lot of time and energy, I have always found a way to manage athletics and academics.
I have been volunteering since I was a 5th grader at my public library, and since then, I have continued to give back to my community in many ways. On campus, I am a part of PSO (Pelican Service Organization). PSO is the only student run organization at my school, and we work to create, implement, and organize fundraisers and charity events. Through PSO, I have volunteered at the Connecticut Special Olympics, fundraised for the Connecticut Children's Medical Center, and helped run a soccer tournament that benefited the local Windsor food bank. On my own time, outside of PSO, I work with two programs. The Boys and Girls Club in Hartford and Mary's Place in Windsor. This will be my second year volunteering for the Boys and Girls Club, which is an after school program where a couple of classmates and I tutor kids in math. Mary's Place is a center that works with kids that have lost a parent. This is personally my favorite program to volunteer for, as I can really connect and bond with kids who have gone through the same thing as I have. Volunteering at places like this is important to me because I want to use all the opportunities I have to give back. Making a difference in people's lives inspires me and drives me to do good in the world.
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