August 2021 Community Newsletter
I hope everyone is well and enjoying the great summer season we have been having here in Pittsburgh! The last month has provided us with great training days, some early summer rowing and paddling races, and even rowing on National TV! It has been great to see so many new rowers and paddlers learning our sports and joining with our greater TRRA community to enjoy summer on the water.
With the calm of July now behind us, we are entering what is sure to be a fast and furious August. Beginning tomorrow, our A-Team Masters, AA-Masters, Mid-Morning Masters, and Youth/U23 Racing camps will be representing TRRA at the Midwest Summer Sprints. A few days later our AAA-Masters will be traveling to Oak Ridge, TN to compete in the USRowing Masters National Championships. The following week our Summer Rowing League will culminate their summer season with the Summer Sprints Regatta. Two days later, our youth fall season will begin followed by the Summer Splash on August 28th (See you ALL there). In between all that our adaptive program will be competing in a remote Bayada Regatta. Once that dust settles, we will be 34 days away from the 35th Annual Head of the Ohio Regatta!
For many in our TRRA community, these races will be the first competitive events since 2019 and for some athletes, it will be their first race ever! We wish everyone safe travels and the best of luck in each of these upcoming events.
Thank you to everyone for their continued support and participation throughout this entire summer season. We are looking forward to building on the success of our summer through the fall season and beyond. See you all on Campus soon!
Stay Safe and Be Well!
SUMMER SPLASH The focus of this year's Summer Splash event will be on the reunion of our community and in appreciative recognition of the efforts of the TRRA staff throughout the pandemic.
During this event, we will display tokens of appreciation. If your coach or a staff member did something over the last year (or ever) that meant a lot to you, or you want to show your general appreciation in this 'thanks highlight reel', please send a brief quote to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t forget to:
Purchase Tickets to the Sumer Splash. (Only $35 for food + drinks + fun)
Enter the 2021 TRRA Cornhole Tournament.
Enter the Scratch-Off Lottery Ticket Raffle for a chance to win $500 worth of Scratch Off Tickets.
Choose items from The Giving Tree to purchase for our community.
Saturday, August 28th, 4pm - 8pm
HEAD OF THE OHIO REGATTA: The Head of the Ohio Regatta will be returning to The Allegheny this fall! Taking place on October 2nd & 3rd, HOTO will once again be a two-day in-person event featuring some of the fastest racing in the MidWest.
We are excited to announce that the weekend will also feature the first-ever HOTO College Fair, during which students from across the region can speak with college coaches and staff about their programs and learn the necessary requirements for NCAA athletic eligibility.
Registration will open NEXT WEEK!
THREE RIVERS YOUTH ROWING: TRYR has over 75 members in the 8th-12th grade program and 25 members in the 4th-7th grade program. The team’s mission is to build a program that values each individual participant while sustaining one of the most competitive junior rowing programs in the region and nation. Our athletes are expected to sweep and scull, and to become comfortable in all boat classes. Coxswains receive direct coaching, seasonal evaluations, and have the opportunity to row.
The 2021 fall season is set to begin at the end of August. Registration for which opens in the middle of next week.
PRIVATE LESSONS: Private lessons will continue into the fall and serve as either a great introduction to the sport or a perfect way to enhance your current skills! TRRA will provide a coach and equipment to personalize your learning experience on your schedule.
Sculling lessons can be scheduled for individuals or small groups and all scheduling is subject to coach availability. Each participant must sign a TRRA Waiver and have a Swim Test on file with TRRA. Fees for all Private Lessons must be paid in advance and be completed online.
Successful completion of a certification test at the end of your lessons qualifies you to participate in TRRA's Log Book Sculling program.
WHY I COACH: CAROL SCHOENECKER I discovered who I was in an eight-oared shell on the Allegheny River in the fall of 2003. Having never been an athlete before, there was something immensely beautiful and healing in the rhythm of the strokes, the synchronized exhale of nine women breathing and moving in unison, and in the deep human connection with my teammates. Rowing taught me that I was far stronger both physically and mentally than I could have imagined and that there is immense strength and power in people, relationships, and what we create together. To me, rowing values the collective success of the boat and team over the individual--and that's been my guiding principle in life.
I switched to coaching full-time when I realized that coaching was just an extension of my role as an educator. What we have the opportunity to teach people through sport is endless. In my eyes, the river as a classroom is equally as important as sitting at a desk in school. Sport provides a community and, as such, a ready-made support system where we all can strive to be better versions of ourselves, be held accountable to each other, and find comfort knowing that if and when we fall, we have a whole team there to help us back up.
I've been fortunate enough to see all of the above play out in real-time with every group that I currently coach, and every group I've coached before. I get to watch my collegiate athletes learn and grow throughout their four years of University, and see my masters athletes create a community of support for each other and prove that it's never too late to push past your comfort zone.
I'm so thankful to be part of a sport that allows me to learn every day and surround myself with hard-working and caring people
-Dr. Coach Carol
RMU is currently fundraising to buy the program's first-ever NEW boat. If you'd like to contribute, make a check out to "RMU Rowing" and mail it to TRRA, 300 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.