BLRC has success during fall season

Dream Realized.

Talented. Energetic. Enthu­siastic. Committed.

These are the words that the coaching staff at the Baboosic Lake Rowing Club (BLRC) uses to describe the group of athletes that have joined the program.

"It is impressive to see the excitement and skill from the youth (boys and girls) and masters’ program," says coaches, Leigh Ann Evans, Tim Coutreau and Roger Poor. The high level of profi­ciency begins with the youth and stretches through the masters’ program where new rowers from 14-77 years of age committed to themselves and each other to learn how to row.

This fall season provided a number of firsts for the BLRC.

The club dedicated its first new boat, "Kaveney’s Dream," and before the champagne could dry on the bow, the Souhegan Varsity Women’s 4 raced to a gold medal at the Mattawanakee Fall Clas­sic in Westford, Mass., in the "Kaveney." Additionally, as a sign of great things to come, the Souhegan Men’s Novice 4 finished third out of 18 boats for a bronze medal at the New Hampshire Championships in Pembroke.

The masters’ program was able to compete in four races in both the men’s and women’s events.

The men’s Masters 4 con­cluded their season at the International Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston and finished 11th out of 48 boats and already qualified for the event for 2017. Needless to say, the youth and masters’ pro­grams are quite pleased with the success they have had this year.

However, as the fall season comes to a close and the water returns to its restful state, the program looks forward.

The club’s foundation has been built by a group of vet­eran masters rowers and youth rowers that have gone on to row at the collegiate level.

Building upon this founda­tion, the club is confident that the new rowers will propel the program to even greater suc­cess.

Thus, it can be said that the "Dream" has been realized.

If interested in learning more about rowing in Am­herst, please reach the club at baboosiclakerowing.org.