My first taste of rowing came back in high school, when my brother and I signed up for a local club after they brought an erg to my school to recruit young athletes. It was more his idea than mine, but I’m glad I went along with it and have been in love with the sport ever since. Although we weren’t the most powerful team, we had a great coach, learned a lot, and did our best. I didn’t have a chance to row in college, but within two weeks of moving to Madison in 2013 to pursue a Master’s degree in Entomology I was down at the boathouse for National Learn to Row Day, and have been active in the Master’s program at MRC ever since. To me, rowing is such an interesting fusion of an individual and team sport - each of us has to be motivated to improve our own fitness and our technique, yet work together with cohesion, synchrony, balance, and strength. The beautiful sunrises over Mendota are just the icing on the cake!
Ben is the current Learn To Row program coordinator and can be reached at email@example.com.