Christopher Doherty
Major: Clinical Exercise Science
Hometown: Traverse City, MI

Senior Spotlight: Christopher Doherty
Team Captain 15′-17′, Vice President 16′-17′

My college experience has been nothing short of exceptional and I have my team to thank for it. What started with an unassuming beginning has blossomed into something much bigger than I could have ever imagined. I am forever indebted to my coaches, athletes, and the many supporters of the team.

People always ask “why do you row?” I realize now that I have been giving the wrong answer for a long time. It isn’t just about loving the sport, it isn’t the travel or even the racing. While these are all important to me and only add to the passion I have for the sport, the real reason is simple: my teammates. Rowing is known to be hard, the sport is respected for that. At some point in your career as an oarsman you will fail, you will be tired. Without the support of your team, your closest friends, you will give up on yourself. Sometimes the only thing holding you up is the guys beside you.

My teammates will not give up on me, and I will never give up on them.

That is the reason why our team is such a tight knit group. It has been a privilege to spend the last four years as a part of the team and an even greater one to be a captain and serve on the e-board. The opportunities give to me have their roots in the Grand River, the boathouse, and the RTC. I can confidently say that I am the person I am today because of my team, I am forever a GVSU oarsman.

The Grand Valley State University Rowing Club challenges its student-athletes to reach the highest level to which they aspire both academically and athletically, while continuing to build and sustain a nationally competitive intercollegiate rowing program.

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