Joining the crew team has (so far) been my older son's primary social opportunity since we moved to Texas. The rowing team is a community team for high schoolers from various public, private, and magnet schools, and homeschools. The mix means that the team is not clique-y and the fact that there are other homeschoolers and now-schooled/formerly-homeschooled teens means that my son is not an outcast due to his education method.
I am grateful for this opportunity. It was not happenstance as some people tell me that it was, so I correct them. Before choosing to live in this town I investigated junior rowing teams in the Houston area and found just two. I didn't even realize the other one has a junior program but it is rec only and doesn't allow juniors to row in regattas; this town had other good reasons to move to it so I chose that our family would live in this place.
Here is my son rowing competitively at his first regatta in October 2011, a huge affair held in Oklahoma City for juniors as well as college and masters levels. Olympic trials were held at this event as well. They also had a fun night sprints event for qualifying teams, so the place was hopping with activity.
I keep saying it people: kids grow up fast. Here is my young man.
He needs more training and more practice of course, that will hopefully move him out of competing in singles and competing in doubles and quads. Maybe this will not be the only silver medal he'll ever win.
The Devon Boathouse in Oklahoma City
Our entire family had a fun time at the regatta that weekend. It was the kid's and my first trip to the state of Oklahoma. I am having a good time getting to know the other parents on the team, so this is a social opportunity for me as well.