Elite Rowers, we are the new socialites!
October 10, 2010 by jamieredman
What a busy week!
It started off with the official press release: “US Rowing announces 2010 World Championship Roster”.
We ran our finger down the list, found our name (it’s OFFICIALLY official now!), and breathed a sigh of relief. Now we can just focus in, and get down to nitty-gritty training, right?
Not quite… As it turns out, Princeton (and the rowing community at large!) is very excited to meet the 2010 National Team! Our week’s schedule was bedecked with bbqs, receptions, dinners, and local accolades… never have I felt so popular!
Saturday was the USRowing Meet-and-Greet barbeque at the Mercer boathouse. We smiled for photos and signed our trading cards (Trading Cards!!!) for various members of the Princeton community– high school rowers, Princeton residents, community politicians, college recruits, host families, etc.
Tuesday was a reception at the New York Yacht Club, hosted by the National Rowing Foundation, the primary fundraiser for the US National Team. Their support for 2010 totalled over $650,000 (!!) encompassing team travel to foreign regattas, usage fees for the Princeton boathouse, maintenance of the Caspersen Rowing Center, the lease and repair of our racing boats, coaches salaries, subsidy of our physical therapy costs, the list goes on and on! It was definitely empowering to meet and converse with the people so instrumental to our success.
On Wednesday night, Leo Holt, a generous supporter of Team USA, treated the women’s team to a gloriously wonderful evening in Philadelphia. We mingled with Mr. Holt and his compatriots at the Philly Racquet Club before moving on to dinner at an authentic Brazilian steakhouse. (I must say it was possibly the most delicious and indulgent dining experience of my life!). Wonderful hosts, fun conversation, delicious steaks… how could life get any better?
The only humbling aspect of our busy social life: we may be the honoured guests at a party, but our new-found popularity doesn’t change our body clocks. The party might be bustling, but as 8pm rolls around, we start to look forward to bedtime. (Even with all these events, our first priority is still our training– we’re only t-minus-two weeks until departure! We’re all feeling the drive to make our boats faster.)