As I write this, I am suddenly realizing how fast the summer of 2016 is flying by. It seems like just yesterday we were putting the boat in the water and opening the cottage. Where have the past 4 months gone? Reflecting though it has been an enjoyable if not busy time with lots of interesting events such as having everything work when they were first started up at the cottage, my first fishing trip to northern Quebec, becoming a licensed agent in British Columbia and most important, watching my niece Jenny Casson be selected to the Canadian National, U23 Lightweight, 2 person Sculling Team.
Jenny started rowing when she was in 11th grade in Kingston Ontario and with the determination and dedication of a true athlete, earned a scholarship to attend university in the United States. This past academic year she won many awards for her athleticism in sweep rowing in the 8 and 4 person boats while maintaining an outstanding GPA. She was named to the American Athletic Conference first team and in mid-January she was invited to practice with the Canadian Team in Florida. With these results coupled with her ever improving results in the varsity events, she earned an invitation to train for the Canadian team for the World Rowing Championships in Rotterdam in late August in the two person sculling craft.
As you might expect, sweeping and sculling are two completely different styles and types of rowing, but true to her determination, Jenny, who sat in her 2 person sculling boat for the first time the end of May of this year, had earned her spot on the Canadian Team by mid-July. She and her rowing partner Ellen Gleadow from Vancouver gelled almost instantaneously and have steadily improved to the point where they are looking at being in the top tier of their class against some of the very best in the world. Their daily workout schedule has been nothing less than daunting to this observer, but to Jenny and Ellen, it’s just part of the journey to the top. And what are the goals after the Worlds? Why the 2020 Olympics of course!!!
Jenny, we are so very proud of you and will be watching your every stroke as you and Ellen push through to the finish line!! Hard work certainly does pay off.