Rowing provides a student the foundation of discipline combined with top-notch physical and mental training, all of which are priceless to their future,” says Chris Callaghan, Director of Junior Rowing for the San Diego Rowing Club (SDRC).

Since 1983, the Junior Rowing Program, a part of the SDRC, has offered San Diego County youth the opportunity to learn about the sport of rowing and build essential skills for success both on the water and on land. Over 100 young men and women from 40 San Diego County high schools and middle schools train 5–6 days a week, from September through May. Located on Mission Bay, SDRC’s Junior Program is the only co-educational rowing program in San Diego County. “Sharing this state-of-the-art boathouse with USD, UCSD and the Masters program allows for exposure to college level rowing, as well as the vision that this sport is a life-long form of healthy exercise,” says Callaghan.

According to Callaghan, the SDRC boasts one of the top rowing programs in the southwest region. Both the men’s and women’s boats have medaled in regional and national regattas. In addition, the women’s team has four athletes already signed to top Division I programs, including Stanford, Dartmouth, Norte Dame and USD. “Hannah Saddler, a senior at Scripps Ranch High School and captain of the SDRC women’s varsity team, has signed to row at Norte Dame. She is ranked as one of the top single scullers in the region. Rachel Haase, a senior at Torrey Pines, has signed at USD and participated in several winning boats, including an impressive showing at US Club Nationals this summer,” says Callaghan.

The SDRC Junior Program is open to students of all background and experiences. There are no tryouts or prerequisites to join. According to Callaghan, the program is financed through rower participation fees, individual donations and limited corporate sponsorships. “Need-based scholarships are available to rowers to allow access to all interested participants,” says Callaghan.

Visit www.sandiegorowing.org for additional information about the San Diego Rowing Club.