Back on the morning of Hallowe’en, Wednesday October 31, about a zillion Westdale students gathered on day one in the lower gym, overwhelming the coach! Our program that day, read “31 Weeks to CSSRA”. Well, those 31 weeks have passed, and now, here we are. Lots of hard work, lots of erg kilometres and lots of miles put on the water culminates in this weekend’s regatta. All we can ask of you….and all YOU can ask of you….is that you leave nothing on the water and give it your very best effort. The beauty of sport is that it can take you higher and higher, allowing you to achieve goals and results that you may not have dreamed possible just 7 months ago. Achievement comes at a cost. The cost is effort. You’ve all given effort this season. Now go out and make it pay off.
Please do not forget your unisuit or your ID on any day you’re racing. You must have it in order to race.
Please remember your sunscreen, water and snacks. If you have to weigh in, please do not eat waffles until AFTER the weigh in!
Above all, have fun!!!
And finally, at some point this weekend, please thank your graduating senior rowers Maddy B, Becca, Fiora, Katie Mac and Chloe. They’ve been fantastic role models and leaders to our program in their four years. There’s a famous line in a well-known poem by John McRae (In Flanders Fields). “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be yours to hold it high.” Not that any of our grads’ hands are failing, but I love the message of passing the torch. Take the torch from those who’ve provided a great lesson to you….and make that lesson even greater.
I just finished removing a bag load of garbage from the trailer after tying down six boats that were either strapless on the trailer, or strapless on stretchers. If you take them off to get to another boat, don’t just leave it there. Come on, folks. You’re better than that.
We are in need of some volunteers for our upcoming adult recreational league. The league will be run in place of row-for-heart this year. The program will run weeknights from June 3- July 19. We are looking for athletes to volunteers as coxies. If anyone is interested, please e-mail email@example.com
We have a few items that have been lost. Two air pods and a wallet belonging to Quin this morning. And Alex took the wrong pair of boots on Saturday and is trying to jam his size 11 feet into the size 9s he took. If you found or saw any of these items, please let me know!
Hey rowers! Every year before CSSRA we write “warm & fuzzies” for each of the rowers on the team. Warm and Fuzzies are just a little note or message to say good luck in their final regatta and goodbye. They can be as long or as short as you would like. So each of you will write one to each person on the team and then we will have envelopes for everyone at CSSRA that will be handed out to everyone before their races. Please have them done for Saturday. Here is a list of our team:
Rebecca Henderson Jack Henderson Maura Crossley Sequoia Deathe Lachlan Deathe Serena Sawatzky Johnson Ku Baoze Lin Maggie Walker Olivia Austin Madeline De Jonge Ryann Patterson Emma Shimizu Seta Stockton
Maddie Tarride Grace Monkman Chloe Cyr Alex Bodor Liam Foese Owen Johnson Ethan Legacy Geon Youn Davin Haja Quinn Hurst Kate McGall Gillian Blais Fiora Reda Madeline Battersby Celina Ruan Max Wyatt Stoffman Charlotte Boorman Roshan Dayananda