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The Back Channel is Here - June 2023 Newsletter


With over 60% of the votes, "The Back Channel" won our newsletter naming contest! Thank you to all who participated. We look forward to bringing you updates of what is happening, both on and off the water, with TRRA each month.

In This Issue:

  • TRRA Name 2023 Project Play Champion by The Aspen Institute

  • Three Rivers Youth Rowing bring home record number of Midwest Championships

  • Masters programs converge on Pittsford

  • Dragon Boats go to Canada

  • Masters Rowing Workshop Returns

  • Sunrise Scullers Waitlist

  • Volunteer Hours

TRRA Named 2023 Aspen Institute Project Play Champion!

Aspen Institute's Project Play emphasizes youth access to sports, aiming for every child to have the ability, confidence, and desire to be physically active by the age of 12. Each year, Project Play recognizes a small number of community organizations across the nation taking meaningful and specific actions to increase access to youth sports. This year, TRRA was recognized for our Row412 call to action, which provides learn to row activities and encourages continued participation in the sport of rowing for children in the Pittsburgh area.

TRRA was recognized at the 2023 Project Play Summit that was held in Colorado Springs on May 18th along side 19 other organizations nation wide and is the only rowing organization represented in 2023. "Being recognized as a Project Play Champion is a testament to our mission and reinforces TRRA's role as a leader of youth development and wellness" said TRRA Executive Director, Matt Logue.


Youth Rowing Qualifies 8 Crews for Youth National Championships

Three Rivers Youth Rowing is sending 8 crews, the most in one year to date, to the 2023 USRowing Youth National Championships. The team had a dominant performance at the 2023 Midwest Championships earning 4 regional championships, and grand final appearances by over 50% of the team.

The 2023 USRowing Youth Nationals will be held on June 8-11 in Sarasota, Florida.

Masters Travel to Pittsford

The TRRA Masters traveled in mass (3-programs deep) to their first regatta of the season in Pittsford, NY. Just under 30 crews from TRRA competed in this early season race with several strong performances and several crews bringing home medals. "It was great to see all of our programs working together, competing and supporting each other on a perfect day for racing," said TRRA Executive Director Matt Logue.

Quick Catches



Paddlefish earn Bronze in Toronto

The Pittsburgh Paddlefish traveled to Toronto on Memorial Day weekend for their first race of the year. The team earned a Bronze medal in their division to start their 2023 race season off on a very positive paddle!

Locally, Hearts of Steel hosted their annual Golf Outing on May 20th. Many thanks to everyone that helped make the event a huge success!


Pittsburgh Masters Rowing Workshop August 11th - 14th, 2023

Registration for the second annual Pittsburgh Masters Rowing Workshop is now live! Share with your friends - registration is open to all!

Workshop sessions and rows will take place at TRRA and at Steel City Rowing Club. Price does not include accommodations unless otherwise specified.




Sunrise Scullers

Didn’t get to register before the program filled up?

Fill out this form to be on the list to sub, or to fill a spot in case someone has to cancel.



Volunteer Hours - Log 'Em!

Reminder to all TRRA members who have completed volunteer hours this year to log them in ICrew!



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