I sat in my single scull and wept

by Giuseppe Lamanna (translated by Gillian Shaw) source text

I am certain that rowing doesn’t love me. It doesn’t matter though. I love it. Or maybe not. I hate it, but don’t want to. I’d love to get rowing out of my head, but I can’t. It is too devious/insidious/underhand. First it treats you badly everyday. Then, when you aren’t looking, it leaves something behind.

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Only later do you realise that the something was happiness. That’s how it got me. Just at the moment when I thought our paths would no longer cross. Instead, one day at 7.30am, I sat in my single and wept. Continue reading

10 things people don’t know about rowing

by Giuseppe Lamanna (translated by Gillian Shaw) original text

Oscar Wilde once wrote that “the public has an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing”. Considering the sales volumes of weekly gossip publications, you could say that he was right.

Luckily, this idea doesn’t fit well with the life of a rower. Amongst the perfect rower’s talents is a deep-seated curiosity and a thirst for knowledge, particularly about the sport itself. Don’t forget the 10 things that people don’t know about rowing and its culture.

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