Philadelphia to Host 800+ Members of the Rowing Community This Week

by Sarah Marshall, | Dec 01, 2015
The City of Brotherly Love will play host to this year’s USRowing Annual Convention at Hilton Penn’s Landing December 3-6. With over 800 registered for the event so far, this year’s convention looks to be USRowing’s most successful in up to a decade.

The City of Brotherly Love will play host to the 2015 USRowing Annual Convention at Hilton Penn’s Landing December 3-6. With more than 800 participants registered for the event so far, this year’s convention looks to be USRowing’s most successful of this decade.

“We were eager to bring the convention back to Philadelphia,” said USRowing Events Manager AJIMG_7763 Dominique. “After such a successful year at our other events, especially this past summer, it will be good to end the year on such a high note with the great programs we have lined up.”

Coaches who attend will have the opportunity to learn from the top of their field at the Advanced Coaches Conference, as U.S. national team, collegiate and junior-champion program leaders gather to discuss what it takes to be successful on and off the water.

“The Advanced Coaches Conference is an opportunity to learn what is not typically taught, from some of the best in the country,” said USRowing Director of Coaching Education Kris Korzeniowski.

Multiple tracks offer a unique and specific convention experience to high school and junior coaches as well as collegiate and club coaches.

15337536444_f5efc0102b_zThe groups will come together for featured speakers including Sean Bowden of Oxford, who will discuss the aspects of preparation for a big race, Drew Ginn of Australia, who will cover the fine points of coaching techniques, fellow Aussie Connie Draper, who will partner with U.S. national team coaches to discuss the use of biomechanics in daily coaching, and author, coach and Crossfit expert Brian Mackenzie, who will speak on incorporating Crossfit as a conditioning tool for rowing.

Presented by RegattaCentral, the ever-popular “Business of Rowing” will once again be the place for rowing administrators and decision makers to discuss and learn about important and changing topics as rowing continues to grow in size and popularity.

Designed to provide an opportunity for club executives, administrators, coaches and anyone else interested in the business side of the sport, the program serves as an opportunity to network with like-minded professionals and work on discussing and examining issues faced by clubs of all sizes.

"We are very excited about this year’s Business of Rowing programming," said USRowing Director of Membership Programs and Services, Susan Smith "We're celebrating the fact that 'Rowing Is Growing' and offering executive directors, program managers, and board members expert advice from the best in the business. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear guest speakers and witness panel discussions sharing business best practices as well as a workshop designed to help leaders transform their organizations' culture. One of our three panels has more than a dozen regatta organizers from the top regattas in the country sharing valuable information among the group while giving attendees “a fly on the wall” experience to their expertise. You won’t want to miss this!”

On Friday night, convention-goers can take part in a special Boathouse Row social event, as the Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia hosts “Rock the Row with a Passport to Boathouse Row." Kelly Drive will be the spot-to-be, as the historic rowing clubs of Boathouse Row open their doors for tours, drinks, food, dancing and special guests along the way.

In addition, the USRowing Annual Awards Reception, presented by Nathan Benderson15340202703_326a610dbe_z Park, honors seven of the organization's most prestigious awards. This year's reception takes place Saturday, December 5, in the Grand Ballroom at Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing. The night will begin with a cocktail hour, followed by the presentation of awards.

For the first time, USRowing will be presenting the "Corki" Award to her namesake, as Barbara “Corki” Rawlings will be honored for her long and tenured service as a USRowing official.

John J. Carlin Service Award – Jack Galloway
Clayton Chapman Award, presented by Nathan Benderson Park – Bob "Harry" Nyce
Man of the Year – Gregg Hartsuff
Ernestine Bayer Award – Megan Kalmoe
Joan Zandbergen "Mama Z" Award – Jess McAlear 
“Corki” Award – Barbara "Corki" Rawlings
Club of the Year – Princeton National Rowing Association 

Miss the pre-registration deadline? It's not too late! Those interested in participating can register on-site. For more information, click here.

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