There are so many reason that we are happy to be from the West Coast and knowing how to row in adverse conditions proved to be the main reason today. Pushing off many of many of the crews today into the rough water for their finals we reminded them that it was just like rowing at Brentwood Regatta, what is a little wind and white caps?
Today for the first time in history the regatta started at 7:00am and was finished all the 36 events by 10:30am, why? Because there were multiple weather systems that were due to hit the area after 1:00pm.
So the Brentwood coaches and kids started the day with weigh-ins at 5:45am and were hoping from the first race at 7:00am until the end of the day.
What a day it was, we qualified for 12 finals and won 8 medals: 4 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze, an amazing accomplishment in the horrible weather. We had a very vocal contingent of parent and siblings in the grandstands decked out in their Brentwood “B”s cheering our athletes to the finish line. One of the crews told me it was amazing to hear the noise and see the sea of red. Even Mr. Patel managed to find his way to Ontario in the middle of the night to be here to support the crews and coaches.
After the races were done, medals were presented on the island to all of the crews, a new experience for all of us. It was great to have all our supporters their to take the photos and cheer loudly for the athletes as they received their hardware.
Now, what to do with all of us since the trailer was loaded by noon and dinner did not start until 6:00pm? Well, shopping and a trip to the Haunted House in Niagara Falls of course. So the boys and their coaches went shopping and the girls and their coaches went to the haunted house….. The boys returned with many bags from the outlet mall and most of the girls only made it half way through the haunted house before asking to be rescued. Maybe the next time the regatta goes early in the morning we will make it to Marineland.
Afternoon outings over, the kids were tasked with cleaning their hotel rooms and packing before the annual athlete and parent banquet. A great buffet dinner was served with no pasta in sight. The evening was topped off by wonderful speeches by a representative for each of the crews. We honoured the coaching staff and our amazing Boatman, Warren Featherstone and his assistant, his son, Weldon for all their hard work this week and throughout the year. We said goodbye to Mr. Beatty as this was his last rip with us to CSSRA’s as he is leaving with his family to move to Toronto in September.
Any one who has been to St. Catharines knows how the night ends: Bowling, of course! As I sit here in the bowling alley watching the athletes, coaches and parents bowl, I reflect on how lucky I am to be part of this team. They inspire me every day to be a better coach and there is nowhere else I would rather be.
Thank you to all the athletes, coaches, Warren, Weldon and the parents it has been a great year and an amazing regatta. Good luck to our 8 athletes that will continue to row this week at the Junior National Team Trials. A big thank you and best wishes to our 16-Grade 12 rowers that will be graduating in 3 weeks. We wish you all the best in the future.
The bus arrives at 5:30am so until next year St. Catharines – goodbye.
Senior Lwt. Boys 4+
Senior Boys 4+
Senior Lwt. Girls 4+
Junior Boys 8+
Senior Boys 8+
Other placings –
Sr Boys 2x – 6th
Senior Women’s 8+- 4th
Sr Men’s 72 kg 2x – 5th