When Delaney was two years old, I told her, "I really hope you like rowing when you get to high school, because you are going to do it." Her older sister, Tess, had rowed with WPHS Crew, and the program had such a positive effect on her that Lynn and I were anxious to repeat the process. On Delaney's first day at "learn to row camp," I stood in the corner muttering a quiet prayer, "Please God, just don't let her hate this."
A little over two years later, with two state championships under her belt, a bronze medal at Stotesbury and fourth nationally last year, her teammates refer to her as "the beast". Her coach calls her "Goose" in defernce to her track champion uncle, George Siragusa. She is indeed, a champion.
The best things about her rowing experiences are yet to come. As her family, we see glimpses of her maturity. We are greatly appreciative of the balance she is learning between academics, athlectics and her social contacts. We see that her friends are people we actually want her to be associated with. They are the cream of the crop. The best students, the best athletes and generally, the best people.
Rowing is not supported by the school or the county. As such, the program supports itself through dues paid by each rower, and through annual fund raising events such as this one. As parents, we choose to make sure she stays with the program. We think that when Delaney is a little old grandmother with her grandkids sitting on her knee: no matter what other great things she may accomplish in her life, there will be stories told of rowing, of friends and of Winter Park Crew.
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