|Club||HRRA||Hudson River Rowing Association||Poughkeepsie||NY|
|High School||Spackenkill High School|
|Bench Press (max)||Wingspan||Years rowing|
In a span of less than 3 months, I had several exciting experiences in the beginning of my career as a coxswain. My breakout 'season' in coxing began in August 2019 at the Canadian Henley when I coxed a 4 boat in my first race. Next, I was able to cox the Mens Masters HRRA to a win at the Tail of the Fish 2019, Saratoga and finally, at the Head of the Fish 2019, Saratoga, I coxed a Freshman 4+ boat to 6th place out of 22 boats. In addition to coxing juniors, I also enjoy coxing for the Masters at HRRA. Currently (Spring 2021) I am helping cox and coach my scholastic novice team, cox the 1V for varsity, and cox my club's Master's Racing team. In the future, I plan to attend the Yale Crew Camp in July 2021, as well as cox the Junior Racing team and Master's Racing team.
I am extremely passionate about coxing and have been ever since I got in the seat. I love the thrill of being the motivation behind my rower's hard work, as well as the satisfaction of steering a straight course. Prior to coxing, I was a rower in 7th and 8th grade. My rowing experience allows me to better understand my rowers and what they go through in practice and in a race. Last fall, 2019, and this fall, 2020, experienced rowers have given highly positive feedback to my coach about my coxswain skills, which motivates me to work harder every day.
I currently participate in my school's Leo Club, which encourages participants to help better the community by developing leadership qualities. It provides an opportunity to build leadership and experience, hence L.E.O. (leadership, experience, and opportunity) As a coxswain, having these qualities is beyond important, because coxswains have authority and leadership over the boat. Also, over the past 2 years, I have been building my experience as a coxswain. Coxswains must always possess these qualities in order to be effective in their position, and being a LEO Club member has made me realize that more than ever.
As a student-athlete, good grades are necessary in order to pursue my dreams as a coxswain. I maintain "healthy athletic performance" by prioritizing my schoolwork over my extracurricular activities. I also make sure that I am constantly fueling my body with nutritious foods, getting the appropriate amount of sleep, and taking time for my mental health by meditating and doing yoga. In order to stay in shape, I go on daily walks with my father and lift weights at the gym on the weekends. Ultimately, I make sure that I live a balanced lifestyle, making sure that I also manage to make time for myself, as well as others around me.
Over the course of the last year, I have had the opportunity to complete over 100 hours in community service. Even though most was virtual, I was able to teach ESL students English with "The English Learner's Club," inform others of health topics through "Medicazone," color pages for kids with cancer with "Color a Smile," and prepare and cook food with my local soup kitchen. Completing these hours gives me a sense of pride and accomplishment, knowing that I used my time effectively and made a positive impact on others.