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Helen M. Walters

HELEN “LENNI” M. WALTERS

GIRLS VARSITY ASSISTANT COACH

Coach Walters joined us in spring of 2010.  She is a 2007 double-degree graduate of Boston University, viagra order earning a B.A. in psychology from the College of Arts and Sciences and a B.S. in journalism from the College of Communication.  A 2003 graduate Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, this site NJ, viagra 100mg she was a four-year rower in their nationally-recognized crew program.  Among her rowing highlights:

 Rowing for Brigantine Rowing Club, Brigantine, NJ, 1996-2003       

  • 2nd place, Women’s High School Quad, King’s Head Regatta 2001
  • 2nd place, Women’s High School Quad, Atlantic County Rowing Association Fall Regatta 2002
  • 1st place, Women’s High School Double, Atlantic County Rowing Association Fall Regatta 2002

 Rowing for Holy Spirit High School, 1999-2003

  • 1st place, Women’s J.V. Quad, Stotesbury Cup Regatta 2001
  • 1st place, Women’s J.V. Eight, New Jersey State Championships 2002
  • 1st place, Women’s J.V. Eight, Philadelphia City Championships 2002
  • 1st place, Women’s J.V. Eight, Stotesbury Cup Regatta 2002
  • 2nd place, Women’s J.V. Eight, Scholastic Rowing Association Regatta 2002

Coach Walters has been a member of Riverside Boat Club, Cambridge, MA since 2008, where she trains and competes in sweep and sculling boats.  She is a resident of Salem, MA.

 Away from the water, Coach Walters has a variety of work experience.  Starting in 2008 she has served as a program assistant for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration in Chelsea, MA, supporting the Federal Air Marshal Service.  Prior to joining the TSA she held retail management and sales positions with Eastern Mountain Sports, Discovery Channel Store, and American Eagle Outfitters, and honed her journalistic talents writing and editing for publications as varied as alternative newspaper Boston’s Weekly Dig, music fan-zine Lollipop, and B.U.’s  independent newspaper The Source.  

What is your favorite rowing memory?

Stotesbury Cup 2001 in Philadelphia.  I was a member of a JV quad that had been put together a few weeks before the race and was made up of the extra rowers from the freshmen openweight, lightweight, and midweight teams.  No one expected anything from us except maybe that we would finish (but not make it past) our qualifying head race.  Somehow we made it to the final and the only thing I remember after the officials gave the starting command was looking back over the stern as we crossed the finish line and realizing all the other crews were behind us. 

How did you get started in crew?

My dad rowed a lot when I was a little kid  and growing up on a small island, one of the only things to do in the summer was participate in the summer rowing program.  When I was 11 I was finally old enough to join the program and thought I would give it a try since it had always looked so fun.  From the minute I took my first strokes I knew that rowing was the sport for me.

What has rowing done for you?

Rowing has made me the person I am today in every way imaginable.  As a high school student it taught me time management skills, because practice and races often ran into what many would consider homework or study time.  It taught me that hard work and determination will eventually pay off.  And it taught me that often, just showing up is the most important part.

Why do you coach?

Introducing others to something that has not only given me great enjoyment and success but that has fundamentally shaped who I am today and helping them to find, in their own way, that same love of the sport.

Favorite written quote?

“Rowing is a sport for dreamers. As long as you put in the work, you can own the dream. When the work stops, the dream dissapears.”—Jim Dietz

Favorite spoken quote?

“LADIES! Are we happy, healthy, glad to be alive? GOOD!”—Holy Spirit Freshmen Coach John Slattery

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