2018 Masters Track

Where can masters athletes go to improve their rowing knowledge? Rather than relying on Internet searches, online videos, or other random sources, why not spend a day learning from some of the best coaches in the country? Masters athletes are invited to a day of specialized programming that focuses on the unique challenges of the masters rowing community. Presented Saturday, December 8, as part of the USRowing Annual Convention, this year’s program features:

  • Education with renowned coaches with 60+ years of experience
  • Hands-on rigging experience
  • Stroke technique application
  • Advancement in effective rowing

Registration has been extended for this unique opportunity to improve your rowing knowledge! The deadline is now November 25, 2018.

Speakers & Presenters

  • Reba Knickerbocker, MS

    Transformational Mindset Coach for masters athletes with 20 years of rowing and coaching experience. Bend the Blade blogger, Club Consultant, and Personal Coach working with masters women to push past perceived limitations in rowing and life.

    Session: “Masters Women and Competitive Success: The “C” Word”

  • Liz Fusco, MS, RDN

    Registered Dietitian (RD) specializing in sports nutrition for endurance performance (rowing, triathlon, and cycling). Joined USRowing in 2016.

    Session: “Snack Wars”

  • Charles Huthmaker

    Director of Operations – Swift Racing USA, Head Men’s Coach – Fairfield University, founder of CJCrew Co, and USRowing Coaching Education Instructor

    Session: “Technique for Effective Rowing & Sculling”

  • Mark Wilson

    More than 30+ years of rowing and coaching experience and continues to coach sculling and sweep all over the world with All-American Rowing Camp.

    Session: “The Boat, the Oars, and Me”

  • Lisa Kottschade, APRN, C.N.P.

    Nurse Practitioner & Associate Professor of Oncology — Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

    Session: “Melanoma: Not Just Skin Cancer”

  • Dr. Yiyi Yan, M.D., Ph.D.

    Division of Medical Oncology — Mayo Clinic Rochester

    Session: “Melanoma: Not Just Skin Cancer”

Program Information

  • Saturday, December 8th

    AM Option A - Masters Women & Competitive Success: The “C” Word

    Choose to begin the day learning about and discussing your interpretation of competitive identity. Coaches attending this workshop will gain a better understanding of how masters women feel about being competitive and how, as coaches, they can facilitate a healthy competitive environment for their masters crews. Applicable to female collegiate and junior athletes as well as their coaches.

    AM Option B - 2nd Annual "Breakfast with Champions"

    Or choose to begin the day with breakfast and a panel of World Champion and Olympic athletes! Hear how they started their rowing careers, the ins and the outs of their successes, and the challenges that made them the Champions they are today.

    "Snack Wars!"

    Learn about the basic foundation of recovery while preparing one of the National Teams favorite snacks. Test your chops in the kitchen with some friendly competition.

    Liz Fusco is a Registered Dietitian (RD) specializing in sports nutrition for endurance performance (rowing, triathlon, and cycling). She completed her undergraduate degree in dietetics at the University of Rhode Island, where she sailed competitively for the URI Rams. She then went to San Diego State University and received masters’ degrees in nutrition science and exercise physiology. Liz joined the USRowing staff in the Fall of 2016 after working with the United States Olympic Committee for over four years. 

    "The Boat, the Oars, and Me"

    Speaker: Mark Wilson

    This discussion will cover the moving parts of the rowing station in sculling and sweep shells and how the oar relates to making the boat move the most effectively through the water. How adjustments in equipment can help the individual row better and more efficiently will be discussed and explained.

    Mark Wilson joined the sport of rowing as a walk-on athlete at the University of Wisconsin in 1986 and went on to graduate from Northeastern University after winning the 1991 IRA Varsity 8+.  Post collegiate Mark continued to develop as a rower and sculler winning numerous medals at the Club and Elite level and represented the US at the 1993 World University Games in the 4x. His passion now is taking his 30+ years of rowing and coaching experience to help new rowers gain a solid, fun, and positive foundation in the sport.  He has helped countless people get involved with rowing and continues to coach sculling and sweep all over the world with All-American Rowing Camp. 

    "Technique for Effective Rowing & Sculling"

    Speaker: Charles Huthmaker

    This discussion will cover the basic concept of technique and how the boat-set affects one’s personal rowing. Discussions on posture and stroke mechanics will be covered for sweep and sculling, as well as working out issues of stroke length, power and rating and how they are interrelated and important to consider.

    As the Head Men’s Coach at Fairfield University, Director of Operations for Swift Racing USA, and the founder of CJCrew Co, Charles Huthmaker has been coaching more than 25 years at community clubs, universities and USRowing Camps.  In addition, Charles has been a USRowing Coaching Education Instructor for almost 20 years.  

    "Melanoma: Not Just Skin Cancer"

    Speakers: Lisa Kottschade APRN, C.N.P. & Dr. Yiyi Yan, M.D., Ph.D.

    This discussion will provide an overview of what melanoma is, prevention and diagnosis. Additionally there will be updates on the latest treatment breakthroughs for this disease.

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