Blake Haxton is lucky to be alive. During his senior year in high school, the rower was diagnosed with a rare flesh-eating bacterial disease called, necrotizing fasciitis. He ended up on life support and had both legs amputated. Through all the obstacles, this fighter managed to survive.
Rio was a success for the Australian Rowing team. Kim Brennan won a gold in the women’s single sculls competition, while the men’s four team captured silver. At the Paralympics, Australia’s Erik Horrie, also captured a silver in the single sculls.
The 5-story Finish Tower at Nathan Benderson Park is just a short time away from opening its doors for the first time. Designed by architects, Guy Peterson and Fawley-Bryant, the all glass structure will serve as a multipurpose venue with offices and rooms for meetings and receptions.
New Zealand’s, Mahe Drysdale, is arguably one of the greatest single scullers of all time, if not the best ever. He has won two Olympic gold medals (2016, 2012), and five gold medals at the World Rowing Championships (2011, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005).
Gevvie Stone is without doubt one of USRowing’s biggest names. The Boston native captured a single sculls silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. She also competed at the Olympics in 2012, the World Rowing Championships in 2015, 2014, 2011, and the Under 23 World Championships in 2007 and 2006.