The Henley Royal Regatta dates back almost 200 years, and they firmly hold to tradition. High on the list of British social events, formal attire is required to enter the Stewards Enclosure viewing area. Racing is a single elimination match on a course slightly longer than 2 kilometers.
Woodman’s boat was sidelined from Olympic competition when the U.S. and other countries boycotted the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. Tom notes that his crew is often remembered for what they weren't able to do. However, his team defines their legacy with their ample accomplishments. Evidence of their success is visible at the National Team Training Center in Princeton; CRI in Boston; Newport Aquatic Center in California; Sammamish Rowing Association; and even facilities in New Zealand and Australia.
Tom shares the reunion was a success and a time to celebrate. After the Henley, a couple of Woodman's boat mates traveled to Lucerne, Switzerland where they also raced in 1980. The Rotsee course there is the best rowing course in the world, and they were able to watch World Rowing Cup III on a beautiful summer weekend before heading their separate ways.
When asked what problems the Greater Seattle area faces, what comes to mind? For some, the issue of homelessness will pop up. Knowing that many of our fellow citizens are without housing is distressing, and one SRA member wanted to do something about it. Aimee Woolwine of the Masters Mid-Morning Team decided to make a positive change by giving back to the community. After running across Sound Foundations NW on social media, Aimee began volunteering at The Hope Factory, their building facility in SODO. The goal of Sound Foundations NW is to end homelessness in Seattle and share what they learn to communities with the same intent.
"Getting folks out of unsafe living conditions and into a safe place of their own changes their lives. Every person is worthy of that feeling of peace and safety. These homes and the villages they are placed in are a highly effective conduit to a healthier life for so many people," says Woolwine. Working with other SFNW volunteers on a weekly basis, she saw volunteering as a great experience to share with her teammates.
A huge congratulations and thank you to Aimee and the Mid-Morning team for an amazing feat and doing great work for our local communities. Interested in getting involved? Reach out to SRA staff to connect with Aimee or click the link below to see how you can improve people's lives by providing homes!