ROWING: Building Cooperation and Leadership
West Side Rowing Club’s mission is dedicated to the physical and mental well-being of youth through participation in the ART of rowing. Rowing is a full body conditioning, safe, low impact, and team building sport for people of all ages. Young rowers learn positive lifetime habits of physical activity, cooperation and leadership.
West Side Rowing Club began in 1912; in 1921, it was the FIRST rowing club in the country to sponsor public schools.
CREATING OLYMPIC ATHLETES
West Side Rowing Club creates Olympic athletes. Since the 1992 Olympics, there has been a West Side rower on the team. In Rio 2016, Emily Reagan was "bow" in the Women's 8, which won the GOLD medal. The team was coached by Tom Tehaar, who also rowed out of West Side Rowing Club.
West Side rowers were first part of the Olympics in 1936.
Rowing offers the highest percentage of college athletic scholarships, with 55.5% of female college rowers and 17.5% of male college rowers receiving an athletic scholarship.
Rowing is not a sport offered through Buffalo Public Schools for girls or boys.
West Side Rowing Club offers rowing for all ages, all abilities and all athletes, including para -athletes. There are opportunities for youth, collegiate and adult rowers.
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT'S BOATHOUSE
West Side Rowing Club is also the location of the Fontana Boathouse, originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1905 for the University of Wisconsin; built in Buffalo in 2007. It is the ONLY rowing boathouse designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Please join us and support the heritage of rowing in western New York.