Looking Back On The 2017 USRowing Annual Convention

PRINCETON, N.J. – This past weekend, athletes, coaches, referees, administrators and a number of rowing affiliates came together in Sarasota-Bradenton for a celebration of rowing at the 2017 USRowing Annual Convention. Once again, convention offered access to the best and brightest in the sport, encouraging all constituents to participate in engaging discussions and enjoy the social events throughout the weekend.

“[The USRowing Convention] is a unique opportunity to bring together the best minds in rowing from across the country,” said USRowing Events Manager, AJ Dominique. “This year’s Advanced Coaches Conference, one of the 10 tracks offered, included a number of experts from outside the rowing community, adding valuable perspective to the topics covered. We strive to make [Convention] a place where you can come to learn from the best, and we believe this year’s event achieved that goal.”

In addition to the Advanced Coaches Conference, the star studded line-up of presenters and panelists covered topics including Masters and Junior Rowing, Regatta Management, USRowing Level 1 and 2 Coaching Certification, and an Adaptive and Inclusion Forum.

Notable speakers included:

  • Paralympians, Scott Brown and Helman Roman 
  • U.S. Women’s National Team Coach Tom Terhaar
  • 2017 U.S. Men’s National Team Coach and University of California-Berkeley Head Coach Mike Teti
  • Yale Men’s Coach Steve Gladstone
  • University of Washington Women’s Head Coach Yaz Farooq
  • Sarasota Crew Head Coach Casey Galvanek
  • 2016 Rio Olympian and 2017 World Rowing Championship Silver Medalist, Meghan O’Leary.
  • 2017 Anita DeFrantz Award Winner and author of Suga Water: A Memoir, Arshay Cooper.

Panels conducted throughout the weekend enabled members of the audience to ask questions on some highly debated topics throughout the rowing community, as well as to receive honest and at times very entertaining feedback.

Take a look at our live “look-ins” from the 2017 Convention! The video playlist can be found here.

“I haven’t been to a rowing convention in more than two decades, but the 2017 USRowing Convention has reaffirmed my dedication to this sport we all love,” added USRowing Chief Executive Officer, Patrick McNerney. “Seeing so many of my old friends and meeting new ones this week, all who are united by what I call this “irrational passion” for the sport, was thrilling.”

“Sitting in on the America Rows: Adaptive and Inclusion Forum, I was energized by the dedication of some very special folks working towards expanding the accessibility of rowing to all. I’m committed to doing everything I can do to support that effort.”

In 2018, the USRowing Annual Convention heads to the west coast. Hosted by the San Diego Crew Classic and Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa, Mission Bay is sure to become a popular destination in December 2018. And, next year’s convention will be take place at the same time of the San Diego Winter Classic, enabling attendees the opportunity to incorporate regatta racing into the annual event.

“San Diego is a beautiful place for next year’s Convention,” added Dominique. “The hotel is right on the water, and we will look to take every advantage of that location. Along with the invaluable expertise of the San Diego Crew Classic staff, we’re expecting a truly remarkable and memorable event for next year’s convention.”

Take a look at next year’s venue below!

1 of 2 Located on Mission Bay, the Hilton will offer direct viewing of the San Diego Winter Classic Regatta
2 of 2 The San Diego Hilton boasts a large outdoor space, with plenty of room for relaxation!
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