Take an inside look into junior rowing at Sammamish from one of our current experienced boys team members, Adam Schadt.
"I started rowing before I started my Freshman year at Redmond High School in the summer novice program, but I think the reason I’ve kept rowing is more important. Apart from a fun and successful novice year, rowing has not been that easy. I strive to be a strong student in school and have always challenged myself academically. I’ve been interested in pursuing business-related activities throughout high school and taken on a wide range of extracurriculars and interests. Despite this making it extremely challenging to row anywhere between 15 and 20 hours a week, I never stopped. This is because rowing at Sammamish taught me to never quit when things got tough, but instead face challenges even harder. To have stopped rowing for any reason would go against the very things that rowing taught me.
I love Sammamish because of the team culture, friendships and bonds I’ve made, and its highly competitive spirit. I haven’t been at Sammamish since the days of the “old boathouse,” but I’ve witnessed the team, coaches, and current boathouse grow. Sammamish is a community that strives to be the best and set an example in the rowing community.
Above all, rowing has taught me hard work, patience, how to deal with failure, and the importance of committing to goals. It introduced me to the importance of structure, schedule, and challenging myself physically and mentally."