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Feeling the Love in Philadelphia: Success at the 2015 USRowing Annual Convention

by Sarah Marshall, smarshall@usrowing.org | Dec 09, 2015
With one of the largest groups in recent history, the USRowing Annual Convention in Philadelphia was declared an overall success as the rowing community gathered to see old friends, learn new things and most importantly eat a good cheese steak.

With one of the largest turnouts in recent history, the USRowing Annual Convention in Philadelphia was declared an overall success as the rowing community gathered to see old friends, learn new things and most importantly, eat a good cheese steak.

"This year's convention was an all around great event,” said Events Manager AJ23176118229_efcc5a84b8_k Dominique. “We were able to offer more programming than we have the past few years, and were truly able to provide something for everyone. Whether it was the Rock the Row party, variety of tracks, or the line-up of speakers for the Advanced Conference, this convention provided a spectacular experience on all fronts.”

“The 2015 convention is a transformative opportunity to influence, educate and strengthen coaches, officials and administrators in the sport for future generations,” said Glenn Merry, CEO of USRowing.

With double the number of referees from years prior and more than 300 attendees in the Advanced Coaches Conference, there was something for everyone over the four-day event.

23176875909_1ae1291683_k“The new 'two-track' format for the advanced coaches conference worked very well,” said Director of Coaching Education Kris Korzeniowski. “All subjects were interesting and the presenters were professional and entertaining. All together, I think this was the best conference ever.”

“It was great to be involved in the USRowing Coaches Conference,” said five-time world champion Australian rower and triple Olympic gold medalist Drew Ginn. “I loved being able to come over and have the opportunity to share some of the lessons and learning from all the years of rowing. I enjoyed the many stimulating conversations with great people and thought it was great to be part of the event. I hope I was able to make a small difference in supporting or challenging coaches ideas about how to make athletes better and boats faster.”

The masters track programming, which enjoyed its first year in Philadelphia, had more than 75 people in attendance.

DSC_2157In the "Business of Rowing" program presented by RegattaCentral, administrators and coaches from across the country had the opportunity to talk the business side of regattas. Attendees like President of Clermont County CVB, Mark Calitri, is eager to take what he learned from this year's convention and apply it to the upcoming 2016 USRowing Club National Championships set for Lake Harsha in mid-July. 

"USRowing hosted an incredible conference this year. Leadership and success in today’s world of business and sports requires knowledge and personal connections. Being new to the sport of rowing, this was my second USRowing conference. I’ve found the greatest benefits of the conference are in fact the opportunity to learn and connect with the best this sport has to offer. I’ve found the conference to be so valuable that it’s already on my calendar for next year."

On December 3, USRowing announced that the 2016 USRowing Annual Convention will be held in Springfield, Mass., as the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club and Western Massachusetts Sports Commission will play host to the rowing community in what will be an exciting Olympic year.

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