Monday, October 7, 2019

Row New Jersey, Coach Brandon Tucker, set out to inspire when he invited Olympic Gold Medalist, Lindsay Shoop for a guest-coach take-over of his girl’s practice last week. The energy and engagement were palpable as Lindsay shared her experience competing at the highest levels of the sport.

The Row New Jersey girls had the opportunity to learn from Lindsay’s Olympic training and conditioning techniques, as she worked with the team to help them improve their stroke, movement, and efficiency on the water. This was a unique opportunity for the team to receive new insights and techniques from a truly exceptional rower and coach” stated Tucker. “I found the experience invaluable for both myself and all of the athletes in attendance”.

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Lindsay started her rowing career in the spring semester of her junior year at the University of Virginia. She was a three-time World Champion in the Women’s eights of 2006, 2007 & 2009. Her crowning achievement was the 2008 Summer Olympics, where she won a gold medal in the two-seat of the women's eight. This win was the first U.S. Rowing Olympic Gold in 24 years.

Lindsay left the girls last week with a few words of wisdom for success in rowing, and in life...“love what you do, perform a few key things really well, and keep working to find your position of power”.

“Row New Jersey is grateful for the time Ms. Shoop spent with the girl’s team,” said Jennifer Kilroy, Board Vice President and mother of both a girl’s and middle-school team rower. “She gave the girls tangible skills to help take their rowing to the next level, and inspired them to envision a future in rowing.”

Row New Jersey, located on Lake Hopatcong, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation devoted to developing the strength, character, and confidence of middle school and high school students as well as masters rowers, through the discipline and teamwork of rowing. Rowers and Coxswains come from multiple communities including Basking Ridge, Boonton, Budd Lake, Califon, Chester, East Hanover, Far Hills, Hackettstown, Hopatcong, Kinnelon, Madison, Mendham, Morristown, Mountain Lakes, Oak Ridge, Randolph, Roxbury, Summit. For more information, please visit www.rownj.org or contact Rowing Director, Robert Welsh at rwelsh@rownj.org.