Ready, Row! USA #4 – Gadgets & Gear

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Ready, Row! USA – Show Notes Gadgets & Gear with Ellen Minzner – Para Rowing & More


HOST: Charlotte Pierce, Publisher at Pierce Press. I’m also a masters sculler of about 6 years, and a member of Community Rowing in Boston.

CONTRIBUTOR: Ellen Minzner, Olympic Para Team coach and Director of Inclusion & Advocacy at Community Rowing in Boston. Welcome to the fourth episode of Ready, Row! USA, a production of the RowingChat international podcast network. Our primary topic today is one that’s near and dear to my heart –

GADGETS & GEAR! Last week we previewed some exciting new tech for connected athletes and today, we’re continuing the discussion with our regular contributor Ellen Minzner Ellen began rowing as a lightweight at Villanova, rowed on the US Lightweight team from 1991-96, coached for several years at high school, college, and national camps. She’s currently Head Coach for the US Para Rowing Team.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM ELLEN: Just returned from San Diego Olympic Training Center for the first Para rowing camp of the year. Exciting to see all the new faces and teams forming. (Ellen) NEWS FLASH: CRI is in negotiations with US Rowing to become a designated US Paralympic training center. Hopefully we’ll have official word on that to be out later this month. https://USRowing.org Ellen attended the Power10 Dinner last night in NYC, honoring Martin Cross and his outstanding career as an oarsman, announcer, and all-around enthusiast of exciting races. Fun hearing his selection of the “Top 10” races of the year – not all the marquee races you’d expect! (Ellen) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_…

Not so much a gadget as an idea that we’ve been working on, especially for the PR2 category. We’re finding that para rowers can safely negotiate a standard Olympic hull, which opens up a lot of possibilities and expands the para athletic experience. Resolute Adaptive has been a big supporter of this idea. https://www.facebook.com/ResoluteAdap…

Bob Berry of Remote Coxswain has developed a rudder device that allows visually impaired single scullers to row regular boats. Watch this video (https://goo.gl/evomYu) of a blind sculler docking while the coaches steer him in remotely. Ellen noted that the remote coxswain could apply more broadly to all para rowing, not just visually impaired. http://remotecoxswain.com/ Lots to think about, so many gadgets to improve people’s athletic experiences, so many exciting tech developments!

We’ll be wrapping up the current Gadgets & Gear series on Jan. 25 when we hope to bring in engineer Andy Crumpholt from the busy workshop at Community Rowing in Boston, Massachusetts.

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LINKS: HOST https://piercepress.com/

GUEST: https://www.communityrowing.org/inclu…

PODCAST WEBSITE: https://rowing.chat/ready-row-USA

THIS WEEK’S ROWING CLUB NEWS Put your rowing club on the map and boost attendance for events by sending in your club news with this form: https://goo.gl/forms/C8P0XZ8wLdQWlf0K3 ========================================================================= Central NY Sweep Rowing Meetup continues. Contact Scott Laffer, 315-569-6228, [email protected] On Jan. 26, CRI hosts “Grace, Grit & Glory, A Celebration of Women Rowers 2019” featuring a special award for filmmaker & Olympian Mary Mazzio. RSVP at CommunityRowing.org Rio Salado Rowing Club in Tempe, AZ are holding rowing camps from February through March for scullers & sweep rowers with guest coaches. Full listings on Regatta Central. Sarasota County Rowing Club hosts the Sarasota Invitational Regatta at Nathan Benderson Park on February 22-24. Masters compete on Sunday. Vespoli, Resolute, and Hudson can supply you with state-of-the-art boat rentals. Come thaw out in Florida! Rowing club phone 203-858-6806.

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