At the 2012 USRowing Masters National Championships, thousands of masters competitors made their way down the course.
Green has lived through some of the most famous historic events and intends to live through many more.
In the 1940s, he attended former rowing powerhouse Brown University. At the time, rowing was suspended due to World War II. As a result, Green put his aspirations of participating in the sport on hold until finishing his degree and a three-year stint as an Ensign in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater.
The World War II Veteran has since raised nine children, held a career in magazine publishing, celebrated the birth of 22 grandchildren and maintained a passion for rowing.
The role of rowing in Green’s life transformed into more than just a passion after his diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease about 20 years ago.
The sport has been an integral part of his preferred disease management plan.
“I go out on the water just about everyday, and in the winter, I erg and do push-ups and sit-ups for my strength,” said Green.
As his foundation’s website explains, Green regularly exercises and actively works to encourage individuals to live to the fullest after a Parkinson’s diagnosis.
“It surprises people that I still row,” said Green. “It gives me credibility with the other people I speak to about Parkinson’s.”
He has come up with several ways, in addition to rowing, to battle the disease over the past two decades.
Some of his strategies for getting the most out of his body are aerobic exercise, socializing with others and neurobics (exercise of the brain), including learning Japanese.
“Paul is an amazing example of taking on Parkinson’s at an alternative and non-medicinal level,” said Susan Schmidt, a fellow Saugatuck rower. “You should see the amount of medicine he takes. It is far less than many other Parkinson’s patients and many people wouldn’t live at the same level.”
The independent and active masters rower made it his goal to make it a full 1,000
meters in the men’s J single sculls category this year.
“It was harder than I thought it would be with the wind,” said Green. “But once I got to the half way mark, I new I could do it. I couldn’t let the club down.”
Even though the race was not easy, ask Green when he plans to stop rowing and he gives an effortless response.
For a complete race schedule, updates on the regatta and links to results (as available), visit http://www.usrowing.org/Events/MastersNationals.aspx.
Finals can be viewed live each day beginning Thursday, August 9, at http://www.ustream.tv/usrowing.
Press coverage of the event will be available at http://www.usrowing.org/Pressbox/Inteventcoverage/12MasterNationalsCoverage.aspx.
2012 USRowing Masters National Championships is the first of two
masters’ championship regattas USRowing will host over the next two
months. The first-ever USRowing Masters National Head Race Championship
will be held September 16 on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio.
Currently home to the Head of the Cuyahoga, the 4,800-meter course
involves strategy, curves, and fun. In addition to five major river
turns (including an S-bend), gorgeous views of the Cleveland skyline are
situated throughout the course. To register, visit www.regattacentral.com.
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