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Teamwork and Discipline are Common Success Factors in Both Rowing and the Military

by USRowing video by Ed Moran, ed@usrowing.org | Dec 22, 2015
Col. Greg Gillinger has spent enough time in rowing and in the United States Air Force to recognize that the values and discipline needed to succeed as a team member in one are the same for both.
Col. Greg Gillinger has spent enough time in rowing and in the United States Air Force to recognize that the values and discipline needed to succeed as a team member in one are the same for both.

“Rowing is great in that it kind of sets your attitudes and your relationships”” said the 22-year military officer who was voted the 2015 Fans Choice Masters Athlete of the Year. “In rowing it’s the shared objective and the nature of it, having a common goal. And in the case of rowing it’s boat speed, it’s the adversary, the other teams on the course. It’s getting to the finish line. It’s competing.

“In the military, you also have common objectives of a variety of nature. Rowing kind of teaches you the discipline to come up with a plan, follow the plan, see it through, adjust afterwards as necessary as you get feedback from how you do in your various races. Military, same deal.”

Listen to Gillinger talk about his early days in rowing and his return to the sport after being away to serve in many roles as an officer in the Air Force during an interview before the Golden Oars Awards Dinner Nov. 19.

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