Try a new sport!
The CHS rowing team is recruiting new members
Rowing (aka crew) at Catholic High School is a varsity sport with competition among 17 area high school teams, both private and public, during the spring season. Because there is no organized “youth rowing” programs all high school students enter the sport as equals. If you’re intrigued with a new sport and you want to start even with everyone else, rowing may be the ticket.
To see if you might like the sport, Coaches Bousquet, O’Brien and Turner will offer free learn-to-row sessions on Saturday mornings from 9:00-11:00 beginning Saturday, August 17th and continuing through the fall for new (or returning) students at Catholic. The sessions will be held at the Robinson Rowing Center at Lakewood Park in Norfolk. Monitor the team blog: catholiccrew.blogspot.com for additional dates and times. Feel free to e-mail Coach Bousquet at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or drop by room 205 and speak with him in person. Novices are welcome - both girls and boys for both a rowing position or for sitting in the coxswain's seat.
So what might being on the rowing team be like? Below are a few quotes from previous year’s novices.
This was my first year doing crew and I didn't know what to expect but I ended up finding a sport that I really like. I have learned what it's like to rely on teammates and how much my team mates rely on me. I really enjoyed being out on the water and becoming stronger at a new sport. -Katie O'Brien
I enjoyed learning how to crew for my first year and work as a team with my fellow rowers. I attended "How to Crew" sessions over the summer and developed skills that I used on the racecourse. I have had so much fun this year, and I am planning to row again next season. Go Crusaders! -Gabby Kayal
My experience on the crew team has been extremely memorable and exciting. I loved being out on the water in nature, being able to forget about the troubles and stresses of school, and row with kids. I formed a bond with everyone on the team, and that is what I enjoyed most about crew. -Noah Lee
I had a great time this Crew season! The "Learn-How-to-Row" sessions this past summer really helped me prepare and develop the rowing skills needed for the upcoming season. Crew is a worthwhile experience where you can have fun working as a team, as well as developing great relationships and friendships with your teammates! Go Crew and CRU! -Christy Kayal
During the fall session, it helped me prepare for the upcoming crew season. Once the crew season started, I already knew the basics of rowing and rigging and de-rigging a boat. Another plus was that I had established relationships with the some of the crew team. During the crew season, winning first place in the men's novice 4 boat at the end of the season made me realize that working together as a team was a great accomplishment. I built not only physical strength but also friendships. -Rolando Banaag
I really enjoyed crew this year and look forward to next year! I met so many new friends and learned great rowing technique that I will be able to use for the crew seasons ahead of me. Go Crusaders! -Hali Elliott