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New coach coming for local rowers

Christopher Greene, former assistant coach for the Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club (CJRC), has accepted the position as Head Coach for RowAmerica Hamilton starting August 1.

Coach Greene comes to RowAmerica Hamilton with national-level experience as a rower and a coach. He rowed for the Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club (CJRC) as a junior athlete while attending Xavier High School, finishing first at the 2004 Youth National Championship in the Varsity 8+. Following high school, he attended Brown University where current U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Lucas McGee and Brown University head coach Paul Cooke coached him. Chris led his freshman 8+ to an undefeated season and an Eastern Sprints championship. During his three years on the varsity squad his crew had top 5 National Championship finishes each year. He then came back to Cincinnati and coached for CJRC at both the novice and varsity levels. All of his crews finished on the podium at Midwest Regionals.

After taking a hiatus from the sport to get his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, Coach Greene returned to coaching at CJRC as an Assistant Varsity Coach for the 2014-2015 season. CJRC dominated the entire season leading up to Youth Nationals, winning every event and sweeping Midwest Regionals in every event they entered. At 2015 Youth Nationals, the CJRC Lightweight 4+ went on to win the national championship, the Heavyweight four placed 4th, and the Varsity eight placed 9th.

Coach Greene joins RowAmerica Hamilton as Head Coach with a strong passion and knowledge for the sport that he hopes to spread to all those interested. Using his background in clinical psychology, he relates very well to not only youth rowers but adults as well, understanding what motivates each individual and successful ways to build camaraderie within the team. Director of Rowing, Joy Nix, is “excited to have Chris on the leadership team at RowAmerica Hamilton. He brings great experience with him and will take our racing programs to the next level in attracting competitive athletes to the team, directing athletes in getting rowing scholarships to colleges, and getting crews on the top of the podium at Nationals.”

Coach Greene shared that; “I hope to make an immediate impact on performance, retention, and club culture. My ultimate goal for RowAmerica Hamilton is to help push athletes past their own expectations not only as individuals but as rowers and teammates as well.”

Chris will coach a number of programs this season with his focus on the Youth Racing Team starting August 24, 2015. He will also coach the Youth Intro programs and Adult Intro programming to help build up our program base. “Having Chris coach the introductory programs gives all programming a level of consistency and will help new athletes get on the path to competing with the racing teams more quickly should that be their goal,” adds Nix.

For more information about RowAmerica Hamilton, please contact Joy Nix at (513) 642- 9569 or jnix@rowhamilton.com.

U.S. Paralympics creates partnership with RowAmerica Hamilton

U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, and GMRC/RowAmerica Hamilton have partnered to create Paralympic Sport Club (PSC) – Southwest OH.

USRowing Chief Executive Officer, Glenn Merry came to Hamilton to tour the facility and meet some of the current Para-Rowers earlier this week along with representatives from the community and the Butler County Visitors Bureau.

Paralympic Sport Club – Southwest OH is a community-based sports club developed to involve youth and adults (age 12+), including active duty service members and veterans, with physical and visual disabilities in ongoing sports and physical activity, regardless of skill level.  All programs and activities are based in Hamilton OH and run by RowAmerica Hamilton. There is a scholarship fund for program participants who need financial assistance to participate thanks to a generous endowment from the Anne and Elizabeth Anderson Foundation.

“U.S. Paralympics is dedicated to creating opportunities for individuals with physical and visual disabilities to be physically active in their own communities.  Participation in physical activity enhances not only self-esteem and peer relationships, but also results in greater achievement, better overall health and higher quality of life,” said Mike Mushett, U.S. Paralympics Director of Community Programs. With 21 million Americans living with a physical or visual disability, including thousands of military personnel who’ve been severely injured while on active duty, this is an important community need.

In July 2014 there were twelve rowing specific PSC in the country. The addition of RowAmerica Hamilton now brings that number to twenty-eight. “We are excited that more clubs each year are dedicating themselves to support Para-rowers interested in pursuing the national pipeline to the Paralympics,” said Tom Darling, Director of Para-Rowing for USRowing. Paralympic Sport Clubs will soon be located in all 50 states in the U.S. and the network continues to grow.

This USOC distinction comes at the same time as Five Rivers MetroParks’s Dayton Regional Rowing receiving the USOC designation as a Community Olympic Development Program (COPD) and immediately following USRowing Club Nationals hosted in Cincinnati’s Harsha Lake. “It is great to have such an active rowing community in the area that is bringing such positive attention to Southwest Ohio. We are glad we can bring a high level of programming and performance opportunities to the area for adaptive athletes,” said Joy Nix, Director of Rowing for RowAmerica Hamilton.

Hamilton’s rowing center was part of the Vision 2020 plan created by the Vision Commission, which was established by Hamilton City Council, and has a long-standing history of being supported by the Vision Commission, Hamilton Community Foundation, and the City of Hamilton.

For more information about GMRC/RowAmerica Hamilton, please contact Joy Nix at (513) 642-9569 or jnix@rowhamilton.com.

For more information about U.S. Paralympics, please contact Beth Bourgeois at (719) 866-2039 or beth.bourgeois@usoc.org.

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Local Rowers Linked to New Cincinnati Attraction

RowAmerica-Hamilton has an interesting connection to the new Annie W. and Elizabeth M. Anderson Pavilion on the Cincinnati Riverfront.

The Annie W. & Elizabeth M. Anderson Foundation that funded the pavilion also funded Annie’s Oars and Betty’s Blades Adaptive Rowing program when it committed $40,000 per year to the program for five years for a total of $ 200,000, the largest single grant ever received by the Hamilton-based rowing center.

With gifts from Mark Baiada President of Bayada Home Health Care, the Spaulding Foundation, the Robert A. & Marian K. Kennedy Charitable Trust and the Spina Bifida Coalition of Cincinnati, the local rowing club launched its first adaptive programming in the summer of 2013. The generous support of the Annie W. & Elizabeth M. Anderson Foundation, assures that it will have continued funding for several years to come.

“With this additional funding, we will be able to take a successful launch of our adaptive program and extend it to serving many other adaptive athletes in the region,” said Frances Kern Mennone, RowAmerica-Hamilton Board member.

Director Joy Nix said that some of the adaptive equipment will also be named on behalf of the Foundation.

The adaptive program is designed to work with athletes with a variety of physical challenges; spina bifida, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, SCI, amputees, and organizations which support veterans. The program has been working with the GMRC adaptive rowers to teach them rowing skills and to improve cardiovascular fitness, both in the racing shells and with dry-land training in the boathouse on B Street along Hamilton’s riverfront.

More information about local rowing programming can be found at www.rowhamilton.com.


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