HRR Update Thirteen, from 51.5358° N, 0.9029° W
Although the end result was not exactly what we wanted, we’re extremely grateful for the opportunity we were given to give it our all in all our races and practices here in Europe. There is no group of gals and guys I would rather have experienced these past three incredible weeks with.
As often occurs with these kinds of once-in-a-lifetime trips, there is a huge amount of social debt owed to a huge number of people that none of us will ever be able to fully pay back. Nonetheless, an acknowledgment is necessary of the incredible generosity of a number of people. In particular, huge thanks are owed to Jürg Biller (Frank’s father) for underwriting the Swiss portion of our trip and for his never-ending support of our program. In addition, many thanks go to Robin Dowell, head coach of the Swiss National Team, and the entire Swiss Rowing Federation for their generosity in sharing their beautiful training center in Sarnen with us. We wish them the best of luck at the upcoming World Cup in Lucerne and hope to see many Swiss rowers on the podium in Sarasota this fall. Thanks go as well to our Team Manager Michael Cotumaccio for his help in organizing us, but in particular for doing the difficult work in keeping us focused on the task at hand at practice and on race-day–even if it often meant keeping our parents at bay to avoid distraction!
And of course thanks must go to our fearless leader, Frank Biller for organizing this trip and for his expertise in preparing us for it. At every practice I’ve been struck by just how lucky we are, as a group of club rowers, to have been given this incredible opportunity–and I look forward to hitting it hard in the fall in hopes of building our team towards an even better performance in two years time, although I will not be here to enjoy it.