illustration of someone on a erg machineBy Carla Di Filippo, US Athletic Director

Strong alone, unstoppable together. This is the mantra of the Havergal Rowing Team and it perfectly sums up this past winter. Many of us would have a difficult time waking up for a morning workout during the best of times. The 39 athletes on the Rowing Team met three times each week for an early morning erg (rowing) workout, plus one additional strength and conditioning (S&C) workout. If athletes did not have access to an erg at home, they were given one, on loan, from Havergal.

The 78 athletes in our Learn to Row Program participated with the Rowing Team during the weekly S&C session. These training sessions were designed specifically for rowing athletes by our new strength coach Mike Haddock. Coach Mike built a program that requires minimal equipment, challenges all levels of athletes and tailors exercises toward rowing performance and injury prevention, while still having fun and working as a team. Learn to Row athletes also had the opportunity to train on our poolside rowers (tanks) with Head Coach Manny Azarcon.

There are some silver linings to remote training. The Rowing Team welcomed some notable guests to their training sessions, including:

  • Sarah Pape (Class of 1990), who represented Canada as the coxswain of the Women’s 8 at the 2004 Athens Olympics;
  • Claire Dirks (Class of 2017) and Coxswain Megan Stellato (Class of 2017) both of whom represented Canada at the 2019 U23 World Championships in Florida;
  • Former Havergal Head Coach and current Team Canada therapist Carolyn Caesar; and
  • Kubet Weston, who represented Canada at multiple World Championships as well as the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

The last year has not been without its challenges for our student-athletes and the Athletic Department wanted to provide a sense of normalcy and continuity for some of them.

We would also like to thank our donors for their support. Their contributions have provided our rowers with the opportunity to learn and compete with world-class equipment. This ongoing generosity will impact future generations of student athletes at Havergal. Learn more about Havergal’s Rowing Endowment in this report.

Student wellbeing continues to be a priority at Havergal and there is nothing like a good workout to release a few endorphins!