Canadian Henley Reflection

posted Aug 15, 2014, 12:03 PM by City Island Athlete   [ updated Aug 15, 2014, 12:04 PM ]

The trip to Canadian Henley was unlike any other rowing experience I have ever had. Just being apart of the environment, that was both a mix of very competitive rowing and genuine love for the sport, was unbelievable. Leading up to the trip I had heard many great things about Canadian Henley, but I can honestly say that the experience far surpassed my expectations. 


The racing in Canada, for lack of a better word, was epic. Besides the fact that the crews came from all over the world to race, which was incredible enough, they all came with an impressive amount of intensity and speed. It was not only amazing to be able to watch this fast racing take place, but to also be apart of it. It was clear that every race we dug a bit deeper and were able to push ourselves a bit farther to achieve our own goals. My proudest moment from racing was in the U23 lightweight 2x. Courtney and I went into the race with no expectations, given that we were racing girls who were potentially 7 years older than us (we have an average age of just under 16). While we wanted to advance to semis more than anything, we knew that it was an uphill battle for us. However, we just got out on the water and raced as hard as we could. I am so proud of how we hung on through the pain, giving it our all every stroke. The last 250 meters felt never ending and as I described it, I felt like I was run over by a train for the next few hours, but it was completely worth it just knowing that we made it to a semifinal. The highly anticipated ice cream and eating-fest post lightweight racing certainly helped as well!  


It wasn’t just the racing that made the trip so much fun though. Being able to spend so much time together as a team was really nice. We have all grown incredibly close, which made it really special to share this experience with everyone (especially as we say goodbye to everyone going off to college this fall!). From just hanging out on the train ride up to Canada to the opening fireworks to breakfasts at Rozie’s everyday to the trip to Niagara Falls, there were few times away from the race course where we weren’t all smiling and laughing. The impromptu dancing we had after dinner at Copacabana in Niagara was particularly entertaining to watch! It is amazing to me to see how far we have come in just a few weeks, but I know that is a result of how hard everyone has worked. I feel so fortunate to be apart of such a dedicated, supportive team and am so excited to see what we are able to accomplish next!


- Jordan 


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