A life on the water

by Marissa Smith, grade 8, Holy Family Catholic School

Delaney Allan’s smile widens across her face, and her blue eyes start to brighten, when she start talks about her passion for the water. Delaney has plans for the future. Like most people, they involve something she is very passionate about.  What you don’t hear as often is someone wanting a future in rowing.

Delaney - photograph by Marissa Smith

Delaney has practices from spring all the way through until winter. Even when practice seems impossible, she pushes herself to go out and try her best. Delaney rows four times a week. She gets up at 5:30 in the morning to get to rowing practice by 6:30. Even when Delaney feels exhausted, she still gets up and gives it her all.

In the winter, she doesn’t get to go out on the water for practice, so she does running and things that help develop muscles in her arms. Her favourite season to practice in is the fall because it’s not too cold but it’s cool. The air is also easier to breathe in because there isn’t much heat.

Delaney has only been rowing for about a year, but it didn’t take her long to realize that this was her passion.  “Everybody has a passion, and I’ve found mine,” she says. There are times where she gets so frustrated and tired of rowing she just wants to give up, but her passion won’t let her. Delaney’s favourite thing about rowing is “the challenge. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t be doing it”. Getting up early is hard enough, but then going out and pushing yourself to the limit, and (even though sometimes it feels almost impossible) to keep going is even harder, but Delaney seems to be able to handling it all.

Delaney hopes to get a scholarship in rowing. She believes if she continues to do her best, and has trust in herself she will go far with rowing. Delaney shares that “rowing takes a big part of my life, but at the end of the day, it’s worth it!”  One of the reasons why Delaney loves the sport so much is that a lot of kids her age also do it, which gives her a chance to meet friends — since there aren’t many kids her age where she lives. “Being on the water is a relief for me. It lets me release all of the stress I build up throughout the day and I think that is what will keep me going later on in life.”

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About Meredith Dault

I'm a graduate student at Queen's University. I'm in my first year of a two-year MA program in Cultural Studies. I'm back in school after being away from it for awhile. This is a blog about the experience.
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