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UB Rowing Athlete of the Week Mallory Hale

Name: Mallory Hale

Year in school: Senior

Are you a walk on or experienced rower? Walk on

Why did you start rowing?

I was looking to join a club and I saw a flyer for the team, which said something like “travel, get in shape, make new friends”. It sounded perfect to me, so I went to the meeting and went to practice the very next day. I’ve always loved belonging to something, especially a team, and I found myself surrounded by motivated and hardworking people.

What is your favorite memory?

Going to Boston for the Head of Charles Regatta. Boston was so much fun to explore and the atmosphere of the regatta was like no other. The course was challenging and I was so nervous but I remember the 4 boys in the boat giving me advice and making me feel supported. I felt so proud of myself afterwards, and realized just how important it is to go outside of your comfort zone.

What have you learned about yourself through rowing?

Through rowing, I learned how to be a leader and how to trust my intuition. I used to be a very shy person who followed what other people did. But sitting in the coxswain seat I learned that what I have to say is important, in and out of the boat. As for intuition, I had to make calls on what I thought was best for everyone so I naturally began to tune into my gut feelings. Which also manifested into my everyday life outside of rowing.

What is your favorite thing about rowing that keeps you coming back each day?

The fact that every teammate comes from a different background, major, social life but we all come together every morning to accomplish something we collectively believe in.


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