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2008 Four Plus Named !   
Jamie Dean
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Coxswain Simona Chin
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TA Double Scott Brown and Angela Matsen
AW Single Laura Schwanger
AM Single Ron Harvey
Please continue to watch this site for updates of the US Adaptive National Team and their adventures to the Paralympics.  Beijing!! 

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2008, PARALYMPICS, BEIJING CHINA

SEPTEMBER 6-17

Rowing will make its debut as the newest sport in the Paralympics

The Paralympics take place 2 weeks after the Olympics in the same location, Beijing China

Trophy @ Canadian Henley. USA beats Canada by 0.01
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US Adaptive 4+ at Canadian Henley 2008

Clean Sweep against Canada for the US at Elite Nationals!  June 26-27
 The US Four Plus, TA double, A -Womens single and A- Mens single all defeat their Canadian competetion who will be at the Paralympics in Sept..

Ron Harvey beats Canada at Elite Nationals
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Laura defeats Canadian Womens single!
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Ron and Laura training in Long Beach

Official Web site for the 2008 Beijing Paralympics

Paralympic Family and Friends Web Site

The Row to the Paralympics... WorldRowing.com

Producer, Ken Campbell is creating a documentry of the US Adaptive Teamss road to Beijing.THE LONG TOUGH ROW Click on this text to view video clips.of the purpose of the documentry, Winter Camp, Selection Camp, 2007 World Rowing Championships.

Selection Camp - Philadelphia 2008 team named for Paralympics
For the past 6 years I have been on a quest to first see rowing become a Paralympic sport,   That was accomplished in 2005, and this year in Beijing China rowing will be included  for the first time.  I have had the amazing and fortunate experience of rowing with the US National team for the past 6 years at 5 World Rowing Championships.  These experiences will be with me forever including the friends I have made.  Since 2002 when I tried out for the very first adaptive team, I wanted to see adaptive rowing become available to anyone with a disability who wanted to get the thrill of the amazing sport of rowing. 
 
The sport has grown, and will continue to grow, both from the perspective of boathouses opening their doors, and the awareness of the sport to people with disabilities.  I shared this dream and of being on the first team that would represent the US at the Paralympics with you over the years.  One of these dreams is coming true, the sport is growing, and the athletes are getting younger and stronger.  That is where the sport needed to go in order to be competetive on the world venue. 
 
I tried out for the Paralympic team and lost my seat to a very deserving 23 year old woman from Purdue University.  The boat that will be going to China to represent the US will have my heart and sole behind them.  They will be a strong competetive boat.  I wanted to realize my goal that I set for myself in 2002, even though I won't be in the boat that will go down the racecourse in Beijing, my goal has been realized because the athletes that will be representing the US are the best combination to bring home the gold! 
 
I thank you all for supporting my efforts, I couldn't have done it without you!  I will continue to spread the word and work to grow the sport so that in 2012 there will be a huge pool of competetive athletes trying out for the team.  Please continue to follow the team through this web site, as I will continue to post their progress and results
 

TRAINING CAMP US NATIONAL ADAPTIVE TEAM
February 27- March 2 2008
Oklahoma City
LTA 4+, TA double and Mens and Womens singles trained together at the Chesapeake Boathouse.
 

2008 Paralympic Hopefulls!
National team picture at camp with coachs
Laura, Ron, Angela, Scott, AG, Jamie, Ryan, Tracy, Jesse, Karen, Margeaux, Frank

Chesapeake Boathouse

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Chesapeake Boathouse on the Oklahoma River

February 27 2008

My adventure began when I dropped Hedda off with mom at the Marin Rowing Boathouse, where she will spend the rest of the week.  She is unable to go through airports anymore, so she will stay with mom, and have long walks every day by Arlene Killpack and

Lloyd Wiborg.  It was lonely getting on the airplane without her.  I felt more vulnerable, and less self assured without my girl.  When I got to the Oklahoma airport, I was met by security, where I was helped to baggage and my bag retrieved.  Then I stood waiting for the staff person from the University of Central Oklahoma for about a half hour.  It turned out she couldn’t park, so sent a passer-by in to retrieve me and bring me to her car.  Leah, was very friendly and brought me to the Chesapeake Boathouse.  Frank was on shore, and Karen and Ron were out on the water doing time trials and checking out some new equipment. 

 

Ron and Laura had arrived with Frank, Karen (and Gunnar) and Volker Nolte on the 24th.  The rest of the crew will arrive tonight, including the double.  The Chesapeake Boathouse put on a welcome reception for the team, and we had a chance to speak and answer questions.  There was a big audience, including some rowers who were adaptive.  The community programs at Chesapeake are very well developed.  We had a chance to chat with everyone afterwards.  Turned out Dave Lee a former Marinite was there, and we spent a long time talking about growing up in Tiburon and going to Redwood High.  What a small world!

 

We all got a chance to go out to dinner together at the Steak n Shake and catch up on the week.  Turned out that the 2 singles and everyone else had experienced the flu and were on the mend.  The four would be housed with athlete housing on the UCO campus and the rest of the team at a hotel for wheelchair access. 

 

Thursday Feb 28

We all met at the UCO cafeteria at 8am for breakfast.  Today would be the only day where the whole team would be in at the same time.  It would be a long day so that all of the guest speakers could address the whole team.  The four had a chance to get out on the water, and as we would experience for the rest of the week, there were pretty high winds, but because the water is down an embankment, it isn’t felt quite as strongly.  Volker talked to the team, and it was a great treat to hear him speak, and glean the wisdom of his scientific and rowing background.  He was followed by a representative from USADA (the anti-doping agency) who gave us a clearer picture of the process we are going through to be available for testing for the Paralympics.  Following that our US Rowing representative Margaux Jackson spoke to us about what we should expect at the Paralympics. The housing, food, travel to and from and our family and friends.  This is all feeling very real!!  Out for a second row, and after that we went to UCO Wellness Center to hear a talk on nutrition and sports physiology.  Dinner and off to bed. 

 

Friday Feb 29

I got the flu… spent the day lying on the boathouse floor, don’t remember much.  But Karen jumped into my seat on the four.  Ron and Laura flew home.  

 

Saturday March 1

Feeling good again, just tired.  We got 2 good practices in for the day, rested in-between.  Ate some food, and was feeling pretty well until nite came and the flu hit me full force again… what a bug

 

Sunday March 2, There was no way I could row, needed to be near the facilities.,….  I was just hoping that my trip home wouldn’t include the GI fun…  Fortunately by the time I got to the airport it was ok, and I was very happy to get to the car, be reunited with Hedda, and head home to my own bed!  We got some great work in during the week, it was well worthwhile. 

WINTER TRAINING CAMP
TAMPA FLORIDA
JANUARY 3-6 2008

Winter Training Camp Jan 3-6 2008 Tampa Florida
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Denny, Frank/Karen/Gunnar, Ryan,Jesse, Jamie, Tracy, Kendra, Laura AG and Hedda

Wednesday evening Jamie, Kendra, Tracy, Ryan, Laura and I met up with Karen and Frank at the Double Tree Hotel in Tampa to begin our winter training camp.  It was the coldest front that had moved into the area 19 degrees at night and only 45 during the day.  We were all so happy to be in warm sunny Florida as a "break" from the cold weather we had all been experiencing at home (grin).  It is suppose to warm up as the week progresses.  Camp would start at 8:15am tomorrow. 
 
Thursday January 3, 2008
We didn't own enough clothes to be warm enough for this kind of cold!  We loaded up our large van, and headed down to the "boathouse".  As we crossed over the bridge to the river that we would be rowing on, the prevailing comment was "where's the water".  When we arrived Denny, the boathouse manager, met us and gave us a tour of the place and the equipment we would be using.  However, he mentioned that the wind was blowing so hard that  it is blowing the water away... there won't be enough to row on right now.  Hmmm, never heard of the water being blown away...  Anyway, we got Laura's boat rigged, and had a chance to get out of the cold.  We returned in the afternoon (slightly warmer) to find the water had returned, and we could have our first row.  Frank had baby and dog duty, and juggled those responsibilities with official boat man, orchestrating the movement of the boats and launch.  Jesse won't be able to join us until Friday night, so our lineup now would be Jamie in stroke, me, Kendra in 2 seat and Tracy in the bow.  We had a good row, and generated enough heat to get warmed up.  Tomorrow is suppose to be warmer... We were tempted by the hot-tub, but it was located outside, that idea got nixed.  A hot meal, and an early night to bed.
 
Friday January 4
It was definitely warmer (not any 70 degrees), and the sun was out with a slight breeze.  We met in the lobby at 8:30 and off to the boathouse we went.  We did 2 practices, with a break for lunch.  The afternoon was in the 60's and it felt great!  I think we are really in Florida now, I had my doubts before.  We spent most of our training time on drills, and technique.  Every row shows improvement, and it is exciting to be on the water with the team again!  Frank re-rigged the boat to a bucke configuration.  Meaning that the line up would be starboard, port, port, starboard.  Jesse got in early evening, and now the whole group is here. 
 
Saturday January 5
The practice started at 8:30, and the starting line-up was Jamie, Jesse, Kendra and Tracy, and I would rotate in for Kendra 1/2 way through the row.  I went out on the launch with Karen, and listened to the coaching and the sounds of the oars on the water.  For the afternoon row, Kendra and Tracy would rotate, giving Kendra a chance to row both port and starboard.  We got off the water in time to go back to the hotel, get cleaned up and go out for a nice dinner together as a group.  Socializing is an important part of bonding together as a boat and team, and it was fun too!  Afterwards Tracy Laura and I met at the hot tub to soak our muscles.  It was amazing!
 
Sunday January 6
Two rows left and then it is off to the airport.  Now finally the weather is gorgeous, balmy in the morning and the high 70's during the middle of the day, this brought out the pleasure boaters, and the big wakes they make.  We got a little wet, but it kind of felt good.  We did our final row in the afternoon, did a rudimentary clean up job on ourselves in the bathroom with handy wipes, and changed to head out to the airport.  My flight leaves Tampa at 5:15pm with a layover in Phoenix.  I was home in bed by 2am pacific time.  Now we start making plans for the next camp in Oklahoma the end of February. 
 

2008 Schedule
Winter Camp Tampa Florida
January 3-6
 
Spring Training Camp Oklahoma
Feb 27- March 2
 
Selection Camp
Lake Mercer New Jersey
May 29-June 1
 
US Elite Nationals
Lake Mercer NJ
June 26-29
 
Training Camp TBD
 
 
 

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Weinermobile in the Bass World parking lot

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Oklahoma City Memorial

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Hedda and Gunnar in Florida

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The Four in Florida

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The Four in Tampa

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