West Potomac Crew Season
West Potomac crew team women's senior and lightweight four, from left, include (first row) Sydney Olson, Jordan Nixon, Alina Selnick, Audrey Boling, (second row) Taylor Haas, Stephanie Fiedler, Lilly Lane, Sarah McKeown, (third row) Alyssa Pierson, Brooke Pierson, Rebecca Gehring and Jessey Willis. Not pictured: Lead Coach Alan Weatherley
END-OF-YEAR POEM BY COACH LISTER
So writing poems that sum up the year have started to become my thing; I write about kids, coaches, even a few parents and wrap up the whole spring,
But this year I am switching gears, no tales about swamping or fighting the weather;
No talking about changing shoes, losing rudders or the challenge of rigging the Heather.
This year, just a straight up thank you note address to all of you; Because you taught our novices the true meaning of “crew.”
It more than the boats, the river or even the race; It is about learning who you are and finding your place.
The novices show up on that very first day,
Thinking crew is like the movies and all that cliché,
They are nervous and shy, sometimes a little afraid; Especially because we throw around the word blade.
As a coach, I always hope the new kids will see all of you; As someone to learn from and certainly, aspire to.
You’re role models, even when you wish you were not; Or when you walk around without a shirt on, like a Big Shot!
From the first day at practice, you showed them all the parts of the stroke, how to conquer an erg piece and never choke.
You showed them how to wall sit and the meaning of burpie; And reminded them before practice to never drink a slurpee.
At the harbor you showed them how to carry a boat; And where to step into it, to keep it afloat,
You taught them that red is for port and to tighten their keeper; To walk slow down the hill because in the mud it seems steeper.
You make my job easy because I say. “Hey, just do that;” And with those directions, it seems they never fall flat.
But you taught more than the basics and just where to start, They learned from you that this team is really about heart.
It’s about staying positive when the river looks like an ocean; And a busted up fin on race day is no cause for commotion.
It’s about supporting your teammates and giving them strength; When they break their leg and feel at the end of their length.
You show what it means to be one team with one heart; And how every new practice gives us each a new start.
I just have to thank you for all support through the season, And if all the novices come back, I know you are the reason.
As a novice coach, I show up at practice and each day my main goal, Is to make sure no one drowns or runs into a pole.
And I don’t have to worry about much beyond that, Because they learn so much from where you are at.
For the patience you show when you answer their question; And time that you spend in personal counseling sessions.
For showing the newbies what success really means; And for being real athletes not just erging machines.
I honestly thank you from the bottom of my heart; Because of your influence their rowing career is just at the start.
Bright things are a coming for our WePo crew; And that is all thanks to the many of you.
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Group Name: West Potomac
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