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National Learn to Row Day an Opportunity for Young and Old

by Sarah Marshall, smarshall@usrowing.org | May 26, 2015
When Joe Incorvia, Sr. stepped onto the dock at the Tampa Athletic Club, he was filled with a sense of adventure, excitement and possibly a little nervousness. Getting into an eight at 94 was going to be a feat. That’s right, the 94-year-old Incorvia was a part of the Tampa Athletic Club’s Learn to Row clinic earlier this month.

When Joe Incorvia, Sr. stepped onto the dock at the Tampa Athletic Club, he was filled with a sense of adventure, excitement and possibly a little nervousness. Getting into an eight at 94 was going to be a feat. That’s right, the 94-year-old Incorvia was a part of the Tampa Athletic Club’s Learn to Row clinic earlier this month. 

Incorvia’s son, Joe Jr., had already attended a learn to row clinic when his father approached him about getting in the boat. 
 
“My granddaughter who rowed for Marietta College had just moved in with me after graduation,” said Incorvia, Jr. “She encouraged me to attend a learn to row clinic at her boathouse, and I really enjoyed it.”Joe Snr, Joe Jnr and Liz at LTR
 
Incorvia, Sr., not one to be left out, was eager to get in a boat for himself.
 
“I told them, ‘I know I can do it,’” said Incorvia, Sr. “Rowing was something that had been on my bucket list for a long time, so I knew this was the perfect opportunity. No one needed to convince me about it. I was excited from the start.”
 
Upon arrival, Incorvia was pleasantly surprised by just how much time in the boat he got to experience.
 
“The first hour was spent teaching the other novices and myself the technique and getting acquainted with the boat,” he said. “However, once we spent a little time on the erg, it was all hands on. Getting the opportunity to spend almost two hours on the water each day was such a great time.”
 
Incorvia’s experience on the water for the first time was just like any other novices: making sure to pick up the correct oar, stepping carefully into the boat with balance and poise so as not to take a tumble in and of course learning to follow the person in front of you. Incorvia even caught a crab or two, but was a fast learner who quickly understood just how important the role of synchronization played once things started moving. 
 
“I think that was my favorite part,” said Incorvia. “Being able to row in unison with a group of fellow rowers was a wonderful feeling. It’s unlike anything else.” Joe Incovia Snr in Bow at TAC LTR 5-2-15
 
Since his first learn to row clinic, Incorvia has been back out on the water and looking forward to the next time. When asked what words of wisdom he could pass along to others in his age bracket who have considered taking up rowing, his response was short and to the point. 
 
“Why not?” Incorvia said. “It can’t hurt you!”
 
As far as other things on his bucket list, Incorvia plans to go zip-lining this summer, ride along with his son on a Harley motorcycle and possibly ride a Jet Ski by himself.
 
The 14th National Learn to Row Day, sponsored by USRowing and Concept2 is set for June 6, in nearly 100 boathouses across the country. Prospective athletes can range anywhere from 12 to 90+ and can find more information here.

 

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