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Athletes Without Limits, DC Strokes Launch America Rows Program

 | Published on 5/17/2011
Photo by John Worley, Athletes Without Limits

Article from Athletes Without Limitswebsite, rowing team page.

Athletes Without Limits Michael Lautenberger, Syd Lea, Bruce Worley and Mark Worley have begun training together with Wakefield High School rowers and their volunteer coxswain Reggie Worthington of DC Strokes on the new Athletes Without Limits Rowing Team.
The crew is being led by Patrick Johnson, U.S. Rowing Coach and owner/head coach of CrossFit Capitol Hill. Johnson has been instrumental in launching the first program of its kind in the United States. The program is made possible by a partnership between Athletes Without Limits, D.C. Strokes Rowing Club, the U.S. Rowing’s America Rows Program and the Anacostia Community Boathouse Association — ACBA— in Washington D.C.

Of the four athletes, Michael Lautenberger has the most experience on the water having rowed with his high school team in Maryland. Syd Lea also is no stranger to the sport and is getting some help learning to transfer power from his cycling legs to the oar from father Rob Lea, a former Harvard, Pan-American and Olympic Rower. Practice consists of some dry-land training including running, which experienced long distance runners Bruce and Mark Worley handle with ease.

The crew is learning to row on ergometers — rowing machines — and in sweep eight-man boats, sweep four-man boats and sculling pairs in preparation for an ambitious 2011 racing schedule. In addition to the teaching technique and the intricacies of rowing in synch, Coach Johnson also emphasizes boathouse and waterway etiquette. The Wakefield High School rowers have been setting a great example in how to have fun while concentrating on precision and teamwork.

Read the rest of the story on the Athletes Without Limits website in the rowing team page.

To learn more about rowing opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities, contact Athletes Without Limits at or 202-544-5010.

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