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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Last Regatta

This weekend marked the final Regatta for my oldest.

He joined this Rowing Club several years back...and he has reached the year when all the hard work, time, and dedication to his sport has paid off.

It's funny- as your kids sign up for activities- especially ones that are new to you- you don't anticipate the work it will be.
The driving.
The costs.
The new language you'll have to learn to understand.....(crabs, doubles, quads, coxswain, sculling, rig, skeg, washing out...))

But eventually it all clicks- and you find yourself cheering at the sideline, and gasping when they "catch a crab".

He was lucky to have an Olympian Coach from Hungary training him this summer, and I think if he continues on with what was taught- he'll do quite well, and most importantly continue loving his sport. 
Even when there are days the wind blows in all directions.

I think I like the fact that he can Row in a Single- and challenge himself.
Or...row in a Double or Quad...and even times an Eight- and work as a team.

It's a great sport in teaching life lessons.....what you need to succeed as an individual or as a team.
Another bonus....it's outside.
On beautiful bodies of water.
(Although in a very scary, narrow looking boat!)

It's been a great year and I'm super proud of how far he has come!
Now...it's on to the Winter Schedule...
{did I mention one never thinks of the TIME involved when one signs up....}

~Congrats on a great year Bud!~


Liesl said...

Well done on your son's great achievements! Shower him with praise & love and it will make everything so worthwhile!Great pics.

TexWisGirl said...

Wow! Great sport! That's really neat. You always see the rowing teams at the Ivy League schools - Yale, Harvard, etc. Great teambuilding, for sure!

Rosaria Williams said...

Anything that requires skill, coordination, dedication and stamina will build character and a sense of accomplishment. Way to go!

Carole Barkett said...

congrats and wow that is a skinny boat :O)

sassyshoediary said...

Gave you a blog award!

Tiffany Kadani said...

Amazing! Such dedication and sacrifice from your son and you. Congrats to both!

Rick said...

Nice captures Dawn - especially liked that 2nd last one with the light shimmering on the lake/river !

Looks like all the hard work - and time commitment - paid off handsomely. Well done !

Jayne said...

I know people who are so very passionate about their rowing. Not to mention, scholarships are available in this sport.. uh-huh! :c)

Leah J. Utas said...

Good for him.

Nancy C said...

I'm sure your son appreciates all of your sacrifices over the years. What a great accomplishment for both of you. :)

Alli said...

How wonderful. I really appreciate all the effort and time my parents put into my activities growing up and it created lasting memories for me. For us it was marching band instead of a sport (so much TIME). Great job being so involved in your son's activities and congratulations to him for doing so well! Have a Happy Monday Dawn!

Val said...

Great photos. When I lived in Boston one of my favorite things to do on the weekends were to watch the rowing teams. You must be so proud. Happy Monday!!

beth said...

how fun !
i'd love to try that someday :)

ps....the whole family shoot is on my other blog that goes to the little girl

Hope said...

Dawn~ just read your comment on my blog. Crazy but I thought I recognized the area. We live very near there. :)

Barbie said...

Love all the photo's. What an awesome sport to get involved in.

Kristin said...

Ooh, what cool photos! I love the close up of the trophy - congrats on you all - it looks like a real family affair! Kristin xo

Zuly said...

Muy linda tu reflexión.
Qué lindas fotos!
Te mando un saludo desde Costa Rica.
Zuly Castillo

GardenOfDaisies said...

What a great sport for your son!! Fun trophy!!!