Newport Rowing Club Summer Camp
- Newport, Delaware
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Newport Rowing Club is Delaware's premier youth rowing club. Available programs range from middle school recreational rowing to high school novice and high school advanced rowing. The club draws athletes from all over Northern Delaware, Southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland, many of whom come in with little to no rowing experience.
In the club's 8-year history, Newport Rowing Club (NRC) has taken 21 crews to the USRowing Youth National Championships, contributed 3 athletes to US National Teams, and helped an athlete achieve a world record. NRC alumni can be found at many elite college rowing programs including Syracuse, Cal Berkeley, Dartmouth, Cornell, and Harvard.
In addition to athletic development, team culture is paramount at NRC. The coaching staff are committed to establishing a mutual respect between themselves and the athletes while maintaining a fun and positive learning environment. The coaches also teach the importance of setting and tracking your own athletic goals with daily time offered for reflection on the practice and progress toward both individual and team goals. At NRC, we train not only to be better athletes, but to be better students and citizens.
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Director of Experiential Education
Dave Payne heads Sparks' experiential education division - namely, rowing camps across the US and in Europe and New Zealand. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Education and a M.S. in Chemistry from the University of California at San Diego and is a former collegiate athlete and high school rowing head coach. He has worked at Sparks since 2011; Dave's passion is synthesizing athletic environments that encourage holistic growth.