Naiades Oncology Rowing

Cancer Survivors Rowing for Recovery

Happy New Year from Naiades Oncology Rowing!

We are looking forward to 2021 along with the joys and challenges it will bring us!

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What Lies Ahead for Rowing in 2021

While the spread of Covid-19 continues to surge, the US Rowing Team has announced only tentative event dates. Uncertainty remains. Their next scheduled update will be on February 1st when they will issue any new CDC guidance and any updates to federal, state and local rowing mandates:

A Special Thanks for Keeping Us On Track

A special thanks to Coach Alyssa Gabel, Yoga Instructor Robin Blakesley, and Board of Director Member Sheila Wassink, Program Committee Chair, for keeping us on track with our cross training workouts and program scheduling during these challenging times.

Going forward January through March 2021, we plan to do zoom workouts until the warm weather and then do outdoor erging, walks and kayaking etc. when possible. We hope to be rowing in the water by summer but will keep you informed. Our workout program, calendar and contact information can be found here:

Get Ready to Meet the Challenge

Get out your mats, chairs and weights.

Each week we will have a challenge which will be announced on our Tuesday zoom call. There will be an exercise challenge and a yoga challenge. This challenge will be sent out by Alyssa or Sheila each week.

The idea of these challenges are to get everyone moving their body, even if it’s not on our weekly zoom. If you are on Facebook, we’d love to see photos in our group of you completing the challenge, or even just post about how it’s going!

For Example Challenge Number 1!:

Week 1/12 - 1/19

10 squats a day and a chair pose once a day!

Here’s a quick 2 min video to reference on how we want to be squatting so we are targeting the right muscles and not hurting ourselves.

Here is a quick video refresher on chair pose.

Welcome Our New Board Member

Naiades Oncology Rowing, Inc. is very happy to announce the election of George Weiner to our Board of Directors. In his past professional life George was a health services research executive with Metro Health and the Greater Cleveland Hospital Association. George began rowing in 2010 with the Genesee Rowing Club after moving to Rochester. George has rowed mostly with GRC but also with Genesee Waterways Center, Rochester Boat Club and Sarasota County Rowing Club. George brings with him a wealth of rowing expertise and has written a rowing publication for the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle which we will share in one of our upcoming publications.

Open Board Seat for Secretary of the Board

If you are self directed, enjoy project management and development of social media and web platforms The Naiades Board of Directors has one open Board seat for the Secretary of the Board just for you. The Board of Directors is a hands-on group that guides the strategic direction, policy and financial health of the organization. Maintaining professional diversity within the board is important.

Please send your note of interest to: with your questions and/or a statement describing your interest and qualifications. We appreciate the effort of our volunteer Board members and look forward to adding another volunteer to our Board. Thank you!

Another Thoughtful Way to Make A Loving Tribute

You may also want to consider adding a loved ones name to our newest boat -- DRAGONFLY. We are accepting names of survivors or cancer victims for the side of the boat. New names will be added in the spring before DRAGONFLY hits the water again. Our application form with instruction is found here:

Browse Our Naiades Oncology Rowing Website & Facebook Page for Current and Future Information!

Learning to row is hard work, yet a rewarding and FUN sport! Take a look at our info below:

Why Come Row with Us??? because we are about:

  • Offering programs that appeal to individuals with all levels of rowing experience.
  • Rowing with others who have faced the challenges of cancer.
  • Having coaches who understand the uniqueness of our team and coach to our mission/goals.
  • Your setting and accomplishing your own personal and team goals.
  • Promoting an amazing and healing environment, leaving cancer behind one stroke at a time.
  • Getting involved in Regattas as a fun way to work together to get to the finish line demonstrating progress in recovery.
  • Offering accommodations for many post-treatment limitations.
  • The water is magical, healing and enchanting, releasing your mind to a bigger purpose within nature.

So Please Come Join Us for our future events!

This Month's Quote to Live By:

From Oprah:

“Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.”

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