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a rowing program for cancer survivors

ROWsist Cancer is a new rowing program for cancer survivors, at River City Rowing Club

The program will start in May 2023 and accept new rowers at the beginning of each month through October. No experience with rowing or athletics is necessary to join, only medical clearance from your physician.

  • Rebuild strength and mental focus through the sport of rowing

  • Enjoy teamwork and the beauty of rowing on the water

  • No experience in required and all ages are welcome!

We look forward to welcoming you to the RCRC Boathouse this spring!

Learn More - Open House

Learn more about the program at the ROWsist Open House.

Date: Sunday April 16, 2023

Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

  • Opening remarks by Olympic rowing gold medal winner and founder of We Can Row Boston Holly Metcalf

  • Tour of the RCRC boathouse

  • Opportunity to get in a shell (rowing boat) and on an indoor rowing machine

  • Event is free but please RSVP below so we can plan for you

Program Schedule

Four-week classes offered May - October

Two practices/week: Thursdays 6:00- 8:00 p.m. and Sundays 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Program Requirements
After registering for their first class, ROWsist rowers will need to complete three items:

1. Medical Clearance from your physician. Ask your physician to review and complete this Medical Clearance form, then email the completed form to Program Coordinator Shari Lowen at Any concerns or restrictions you have will be discussed with you, to determine if ROWsist can adequately support you.

2. USRowing Individual Membership. You will need to become an individual member of USRowing ($25 annually). Instructions provided when you register for your first class.

3. Swim Test and/or PFD. You will need to either pass the swim test or you may choose to wear a PFD (provided by RCRC) when on the dock or in a boat. You are welcome to register for a class, and wear a PFD until you have the opportunity to take the swim test. View swim test opportunities.

Financial Assistance

The expense of cancer treatment often jeopardizes a survivor’s financial stability. ROWsist aims to make rowing accessible to as many survivors as possible, regardless of background. Financial assistance for the monthly $100 fee will be available to the extent allowed in the budget. Please contact ROWsist Program Coordinator Shari Lowen at or 916-956-4068 if you would like to request financial assistance.

Sign Up

Registration for ROWsist will open April 1. Feel free to come to the Open House before signing up.

Questions? Contact Program Coordinator Shari Lowen
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