Rowing and Family - Susan Lynn
Our family’s passion for the sport began when my husband’s job found us on the East coast. My son came home one day and announced he was going to give rowing a try. It took one sunrise on the water and he was hooked. The ability to participate in a sport that had him out in nature, working with a team and getting fit made it an easy pick. We then found ourselves moved back to Texas and I was quite concerned that he would not find a home to participate in the sport he had grown to love in his two short years in Virginia. We were delightfully surprised to see the sport growing and thriving on our Texas waters. In fact, there is an advantage for Texas rowers in that the climate allows for more time on the water than some of our more Northern competitors.
I could not have chosen a better sport for my son to be a part of. Long practices have taught him the importance of hard work. Managing morning and afternoon practices taught him scheduling. Most importantly it taught him team work. Rowing is not a sport that allows for one star in the boat. Everyone has to work hard or the team can not succeed. The camaraderie built by the team mates working together on the boat taught my son that as a team you work hard for yourself but also for something bigger, the team.
My son now rows for the Clemson Tigers in South Carolina and the gifts of the sport keep on giving. Being part of a team has helped the adjustment to college. The discipline and high expectations of this sport have resulted in dean’s list recognition off the water. He has traveled across the country rowing and representing first Texas and now South Carolina in the sport and has a sense of pride in this accomplishment.
My son would have gone to college with or without rowing but I don’t know that without a sport his adjustment would have been as succesful. Dallas is doing some great things with their rowing program. They are bringing in young people from all over Dallas to row. It opens up one more sport for our Texas students to participate in on the national scene. More and more colleges each year are offering scholarships for rowing. The University of Texas is a prime example of a the rise of rowing in Texas. The women’s program has in just a few short years risen to be one of the top in the nation. The sport is growing and Houston’s youth could benefit from the lessons it brings. I know our family has.