Hello Everyone! Glad to be back and blogging regularly now! There are so many things happening down at the boathouse, and I can’t wait to keep you all updated on anything and everything LOCR!
An experience I had recently inspired this specific blog post! When I first moved out to the West Coast to coach I was only coaching the juniors team. I am very familiar with junior and collegiate level rowing. I was given the opportunity to start coaching our Masters Program, and I have loved it ever since. Everyday, I learn something new, and the athletes on our Masters Program push each other (and me!) to new heights, It is beautiful. It truly makes me excited to jump out of bed in the morning to come down and coach such an amazing group of athletes!
Rowing is a remarkable sport. It teaches athletes of all ages discipline, teamwork, time management, perseverance and more! At any point in your life, you can choose to row! Coaching has opened my eyes to a completely different perspective of the sport I love. Rowing has given me so much. It has pushed me to limits I never thought I could achieve, it has given me memories I will never forget, and it has given me life long friends I still keep in touch with to this day. I vowed to give everything in order to share the love of the sport that I have with the athletes that I coach. Racing is amazing. Winning is even better. But I rowed to push myself, to work with my teammates to become better, and to learn how to set goals and to execute the steps in order to achieve those goals.
People ask me all the time, “Am I too old to row?” Every time, I say no! Being successful in anything you do is a mindset. If you believe you can achieve something, then taking the time to take risks and push yourself to new limits will allow you to excel. When coaching athletes, I look for these following major concepts. If you come down to the boathouse, and allow yourself to focus on these ideas, you can be an absolutely successful rower at any age!
Rowing has so much to offer. It is something special, that everyone should experience. You don’t need to be a “high performance” athlete in order to come down and row. I pride myself and do everything I can to make the Masters Team a place where people are proud to row and willing to do anything to make the Team successful. If you are thinking of giving rowing a shot, YOU SHOULD! The masters team will welcome you with open arms, and we will give you an amazing time every time you row!
Coach Matt Dorio