Happy Holidays from the BSRA!

BSRA DECEMBER ’17 NEWSLETTER


Brick Fundraising Drive Continues!

Thank you to everyone who has already ordered a brick for our beautiful brick walkway that will one day lead the way to our new boathouse! And, there's still time to order a brick as a gift this holiday season. We'll even send you a certificate that you can present to that someone special! Please visit www.fundraisingbrick.com/bsra for ordering information.

Meet Coach Kim Lonas

Kim Lonas, head coach for BSRA’s junior women’s rowing program enters her seventh year of coaching high school crew athletes. Kim began her coaching career as an assistant coach for the City Honors Crew women’s varsity team. She then became a lead with the junior women’s program and ultimately moved into the head coach role overseeing both the junior men’s and women’s programs. With the assistance of a newly formed 501C corporation, she expanded the program to include a modified group. Under her leadership, the team reached a record number of participants (91), the highest since the program’s inception in 1996.

Kim began rowing with West Side Rowing Club's (WSRC) novice program at the age of 12, where she excelled at both sculling and sweep rowing. She spent many years racing for WSRC where she competed and earned medals in major regional and international regattas.

Kim is a positive role model for young athletes. Highly competitive, “Coach Kim” understands that the development of BSRA Crew athletes is her top priority. She trains athletes to understand the sport beyond their oar. She fosters relationships based on mutual respect and honesty between the rowers and coaches. This method has helped her teams to medal on a consistent basis, most recently winning BSRA’s first women’s junior program championship at States in spring 2017.

Kim currently holds her level two coaching certification through U.S. Rowing and is working towards completion of the third and final level of certification that USRowing offers. She is certified in CPR, First Aid, Boating Safety and Virtus Training.

In addition to coaching crew, she is a partner in a national executive search firm, heads global talent acquisition for an international distributor, is a survivor and proud parent of two accomplished teenage crew athletes.

Announcing Team BSRA Boys!

Team BSRA Boys is for young men in grades 9-12. There is no experience necessary and there are no cuts — everyone practices and everyone competes!

Rowing is a four-season sport and we compete locally, nationally and in Canada.

Rowing is also a non-contact sport and a full-body exercise. There are opportunities for athletes of all sizes.

Team BSRA is open to any high school boy that wants to be part of a competitive rowing team and is currently attending a school that does not have a rowing program. Our coaches are Patrick Kenney and Matthew Yeksigian.

Informational meetings will take place at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 10 a.m. Jan. 6 at the Old First Ward Community Center, 62 Republic St., Buffalo. Winter crew practice starts at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Old First Ward Community Center.

Winter/spring dues are $200 plus a $125 regatta fee. For more information, please email info@rowbuffalo.com.

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Boathouse Update

The walls are going up at the future home of the Patrick Paladino Memorial Boathouse at 405 Ohio St. Stop by and check out the progress!