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The Faces Behind Rowing BC – MARTIN GEORGE
In his own words:
I discovered rowing shortly after moving to Canada in 2005, having spent all my life playing in and on the ocean in Australia. At that time our club in Vernon didn’t actually have learn to row programs, so it was pretty much a process of figuring it out as I went along. I soon discovered that rowing a 1x is a little different from surfing and sailing, and spent quite a lot of time falling in.
I started with Rowing BC back in 2009, and my role as Para Coach began in 2010. There are many highlights including being part of Team Canada at the 2012 Paralympics. However, there two things really stand out for me. The first is taking on the role of developing para rowing and seeing it change from being an outlier to being just a normal part of our sport. The second is being part of Rowing BC’s drive to create a coach education system of the highest standard. The many friends I have made over the years make me realise how lucky I am to be part of our wonderful rowing community!
Living on Silver Star Mountain (don’t all rowing coaches live on a ski hill?) means cross country and downhill skiing in the winter and biking as well as rowing the rest of the year. It’s a great place to call home and the view from my home office is spectacular!