Family Weekend a Success

Despite the chilly weather, the Laker Navy had another successful family weekend. Over one hundred parents and rowers came out to see what the club is all about. “We were really excited about how many people came out to the event,” said Scott Thorbjornsen, senior and president of the club. “Its great to see all of the support we are getting from our families.” The boathouse was full of parents, rowers, and the smells of hot chocolate and coffee.

Many parents braved the wind and the cold to try out rowing for the first time. The Grand River was alive with the sounds of oars clicking, coxswain commands and the excitement of many first time rowers. Even though none had ever held an oar before, many of the boats sent out were able to row by sixes. “It was a lot harder than I thought,” said a smiling Sheila Matthews, “You guys make it look easy.”

Though it may have be challenging, many proud parents found a new respect for both the sport and the new rowers in their families. We will need the continued support of all as the season continues, look here for updates on how parents can help with upcoming regattas. Excitement is building as the Head of the Grand approaches, we hope to see a sea of Laker blue in East Lansing. A big thanks to all who came out today!

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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