WASHINGTON – The DC chapter of WeCanRow (Women Enduring Breast Cancer Row), a not-for-profit wellness and rehabilitation program, announces a weekend of rowing and motivational presentations by Coaches Holly Metcalf and Mike Hughes from Friday, August 19 to Sunday August 21, 2011. Potomac Boat Club is proud to host WeCanRow DC and support the team’s year around training and racing efforts.
Coach Metcalf, currently Head Coach for the M.I.T. Open Weight Women’s Crew Team, is an Olympic gold medalist and World Championship rower who has brought the sport of rowing to thousands of masters women and girls through her Row As One foundation, high school, collegiate and community rowing programs and rowing camps. Coach Metcalf, founder of WeCanRow National, is also a highly sought-after motivational speaker. Throughout her 30-year rowing career, she has received numerous awards and recognition, including 1999 US Rowing Woman of the Year and the 2003 Ryka First Women of Fitness Award.
Coach Hughes is currently the Head Varsity Women’s Coach for the Naval Academy in Annapolis, and also directs the popular summer rowing camps at the academy for youth and masters women rowers. Coach Hughes runs the Navy Performance Enhancement clinics, aimed at helping elite athletes and professionals achieve greater success in their fields. He was a 1988 Olympics National Team coach.
The weekend events, to be held at a Chevy Chase community center and two local boat clubs, are intended to increase knowledge and awareness of the healing powers of rowing and raise funds for WeCanRow DC. The funds will be used primarily for WeCanRow DC’s annual Learn to Row weekend, held annually in May, which introduces 16 breast cancer survivors each year to the sport of rowing. WeCanRow’s mission is to encourage breast cancer survivors to reclaim their bodies through sport and interaction with other survivors.
Doris Parker, President and Co-Founder of WeCanRow DC, said “We are thrilled to be able to offer rowers, coaches, physicians and others in the DC community the opportunity to interact with esteemed coaches, Mike Hughes and Holly Metcalf in the same weekend. As colleagues for many years, the two bring complementary approaches to the mental aspect of athletics that is personal, engaging, and effective. They will encourage us all to draw power from our bodies, minds and spirits and apply it to virtually any realm of our lives.”
Friday, August 19, 5:30 p.m. at the Jane E. Lawton Community Center, Chevy Chase, MD
The kickoff of the weekend is a reception to be held in the Jane E. Lawton Community Center featuring a motivational presentation by Coach Mike Hughes entitled ”Mindful Training and Peak Sports Performance.” All interested parties are welcome. Coach Hughes will provide the audience with tools to discover the power their minds have over performance success, be it athletic, personal or professional. A tax-deductible donation of $20.00 is requested. Advance reservations can be made at www.wecanrodc.org using Pay Pal, or by emailing [email protected]. The Lawton Center is located at 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 20815, and free parking is available.
Sunday, Aug 21, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Capital Rowing Club at the Anacostia Community Boathouse
Coach Metcalf will coach a novice level rowing clinic for medical professionals and other cancer care givers, including spouses and partners of survivors. The purpose of the clinic is to offer these “healers” an opportunity to experience the benefits of rowing – the ultimate team sport – as an adjunct to medical breast cancer treatment. Families are welcome for a fun afternoon at the boathouse. A reception with snacks and beverages and a question and answer period will take place after rowing. 16 rowing seats are available. A $100 tax-deductible donation per seat is requested. The Anacostia Community Boathouse is located at 1900 M Street, SE, Washington DC 20005.
The weekend will also include rowing clinics for members of WeCanRow DC at Potomac Boat Club and Capital Rowing Club coached by Holly Metcalf.
WeCanRow begins where surgery and physical therapy end by providing physical exercise, self-image enhancement, group support and a team-building approach for women transitioning from being patients to survivors. It is conducted under the guidance of highly knowledgeable and experienced coaches. A key aspect of the success of the program is recognizing the integration between the survivor’s mind, body and spirit and using this information to improve personal and athletic recovery and growth. Since 2005, WeCanRow DC has introduced more than 80 local area breast cancer survivors to rowing. To learn more, please visit http://www.wecanrowdc.org.