2004-03-26 / Sports

Beach Channel Crew Team Update By Henrick Karoliszyn

Beach Channel Crew Team Update \ By Henrick Karoliszyn

Beach Channel Crew Team Update
\ By Henrick Karoliszyn

After celebrating their 30th anniversary on February 9, The Beach Channel Crew team has been training and gearing up for the upcoming season starting Monday, March 29, despite the challenges discussed at the ceremony concerningA0 the in door facilityA0that has no electricity or running water, where the team trains from late March through September.A0 The World War II ammunition shack at Floyd Bennett Field which the team uses,A0is a quarter of a mile away from the Mill Basin shore front, where they practice andA0 hasA0been an issue that has rallied support from parents, Councilman Joseph Addabbo and former alumni of the Beach Channel Crew team.A0

The parent of a former crew team member, Rozella Kirchgaessner, is in support of the new boathouse. She says that the facilityA0is worth fighting for and that the possibilities are endless to what the team could accomplish with more equipment and funding.A0A0 "Just think of all the places they could go," she added.A0A0A0

Her son Paul is a B.C.H.S. Crew Team alumni, who still helps out the team.A0"This is something that definitely has to be done," said head coach Chris Horn. Although one parent recently spoke to councilman Addabbo about the situation,A0he did not show interest in funding the new boathouse, as Horn added that it was, "nothing substantial."A0The challenges that the team hasA0 faced have been enormous, ac cording to Horn, who said the team only gets $400 of the $10,000 annual operating budget from the school system and said that the rest comes from $150 dues, support from Councilmen Joseph Addabbo andA0 fund-raising efforts.A0

Despite all the tribulations, however, the Beach Channel Dolphins have still managed to beat out wealthier teams in their division that come from Long Island, New Jersey and Upstate New York.A0 "You really need determination and dedication to last," said crew memberA0Robert IanuzziA0 and the Dolphins have done exactly that in hopesA0 for the upcoming season.

After weeks of indoor preparation, the team is starting outdoor practices MondayA0 for the first re gatta of the season, which will beA0 held at Flushing Meadow Pond on Saturday, April 17th.A0The Dol phins, who are the sole Crew team in New York City, will be competing with teams from many other places and are confident in taking on the challenges.A0 The Dolphins, whoA0have won seven medals in regattas in the past, winning silver and bronzeA0 medals, are looking for more this season.A0The main reason for the successA0through all the adversity is their will, drive and determination to make their school and families proud.

"When we work hard during practice we gain the edge, which allows us to win," said crew member, Martin Peak and they have being doing just that accordingA0to Coach Horn who said,A0"They have been working hard and getting ready."A0Although they do not have the best facilities, the team has confidence, heart and overall endurance in this upcoming seasonA0to take on teams from all areas, as crew member, Christina Rich said, "We don’t have the fanciest of the boats, the nicest oars, or the best boathouse but what we do have is medals."A0Rich, who joined the team in 2003 alsoA0summed up the crew experience, saying, "Once you start rowing it be comes more than just a sport, it becomes a lifestyle."

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