We LOVE Being Rowing Chicks!

 

If you ever start to forget why you love rowing, here are some photos and a great list to remind you! This is a mash-up of all the lovely messages we received from schoolgirls and junior rowers, telling us why they LOVE being a Rowing Chick!

 

  • The feeling you get from winning is like no other sport, because of the amount of effort you put in…. AND Rowing chicks get to make up dances and pull poses in our sexy zuties and get away with it!
  • You create really close friendships with all the girls in your crew, you see each other at your worst and at your best and you still remain good friends
  • Having the ability to eat all the chocolate you want after training!
  • Being a rowing chick makes every dream seem possible. Whether it’s a PB for a 2km erg, beating a rival in a race or perfecting your reach at the catch, there is always something to aim for, some other goal to accomplish
  • The sportsmanship this sport has to offer
  • The many friends that will be around for life
  • The fact that there are so many friendly people amongst the crowds at regattas -we all share a love for our sport
  • The early mornings, the zooti tans and the blisters don’t phase the love of rowing
  • The dream to row for Australia one day
  • The Crew. They are the true meaning to a second family!
  • Being pushed to your limits and showing the coaches and yourself what you are able to do
  • Spending a lot of time perfecting your rowing technique and strength to be able to beat your competitors
  • The huge rush of adrenaline before the official calls “row!” in a race
  • When you do a long push to pass a boat and you feel as if you have knives being stabbed through your legs and then after you have finished your push, you see the crew in the corner of your eye behind your boat and you know the effort paid off
  • Socially, the relationships you create within your crew and with your coaches. We all never let each other down
  • Everyone involved in rowing is incredible and has gone on to do incredible things (rowing related or otherwise). Whether the sport nurtures these qualities, or simply attracts people with these qualities, athletes and coaches in the community are inspiring
  • The camaraderie in rowing and the bonds that develop in the community from the small scale of a crew to the large scale of the entire sporting body – we are a team, and that is something unique to this sport
  • Working hard, working really hard and receiving the benefits and rewards for that effort
  • Picking the boat up all eight, cranking the erg handle, and training in the gym.
  • RACING!
  • The burn of the first 250, the mental pressure and heavy legs in the middle kilometre and the desperate and climactic wind to the line
  • Our crew’s middle four push, moving through crews with our superior speed
  • Waking up at 1:15am to watch the Australian flag fly across the screen of ‘live race tracker’ in the World Cups
  • The Olympic campaign and build up, watching boats perform
  • Working as a team, having the same common goal, cheering each other on and achieving together
  • Whatever you do you’re in the same boat as someone else! (Pun intended)
  • Feeling so strong and that free feeling you get when the boat runs across the top of the water
  • The sound and feel of water passing under the boat
  • The warmth of a coach telling you, you were “getting it”
  • The lactic burn in your legs in the first year rowing and how it reduced to be tolerable with lots of training
  • Pride in blisters and callouses
  • How great your body feels when the glutes tone up
  • How guys’ bodies look when they tone up
  • Being in a sport where how you look is irrelevant to how your muscles behave
  • Being able to row a single and shine alone but also rowing in a double, a quad and an VIII as part of a team
  • The sounds of the oars coordinated
  • Being warm and steamy when rowing in the rain
  • The excitement of the roll call on the line
  • The burn in the legs knowing there was nothing else that could have been done
  • Feeling free and happy
  • Rowing for school, then club, then State, and the dream of rowing for Australia
  • Getting to see friends every morning
  • Not knowing where the limit is constantly pushes the mental and physical side to a whole new level personally and as a crew
  • The Mental strength it takes to push yourself to your maximum
  • The thrill of racing
  • Watching the Australian rowing chicks put their heart and mind to qualify for the London Olympics
  • The sunrises
  • Searching for the feeling when the boat is set
  • The training camps, long sessions on the Nepean
  • Friendships built through rowing seasons
  • The fact you can eat whatever you want after a long session!

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