CRI has been home to the US Para Rowing National Team since 2013, earning five silver medals and one gold over the last five years at the World Rowing Championships and Paralympic Games, including the silver medal for the PR3 4+ in Rio in 2016. 

We identify athletes from across the country and in our own community who have the eligibility and desire to compete at the highest level, and provide the coaching, specialized equipment, and competitive opportunities for athletes to excel. 

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Head Coach Ellen Minzner

A former World Champion (LW2-) and with over 25 years of coaching experience at the high school, college, and national team levels, Minzner led the US Paralypmic LTA 4+ to a silver medal in Rio in 2016, and also serves on the FISA Para Working Group to address the future of para rowing.

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Coach Adrienne Martelli

Adrienne was named to the 2009 and 2010 Pac-10 All-Conference First Teams, and to the 2009 and 2010 Pac-10 All-Academic teams. Adrienne was a 2009 First-Team D1 All-American and was also the 2010 University of Washington team captain.

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Coach Beth Noll

Beth learned to row at CRI, began volunteering with the Para-Rowing Program in 2011, and came on as a coach starting in 2012. She competes herself and continues to learn from the coaches at CRI, translating that ongoing learning to her work with CRI para athletes.

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Allie Reilly

Allie is a rising senior at the University of Rhode Island where she is majoring in Kinesiology. She rows for the Rhody Rams, where she won A-10 Collegiate Championships in 2016 and 2018.

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Charley Nordin

Charley is a rising senior Gonzaga University where has has rowed for three years with the Bulldogs. He is currently studying for a degree in Journalism.

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Dani Hansen

Danielle (Dani) hails from Patterson, CA and graduated from the University of Washington in 2016. Recently, she made the move across the country to train for the US Para National Team in Boston, MA.

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Jaclyn Smith

Jaclyn is the second oldest of four to parents James and Annmarie Smith. Born into a very athletic family, she played all sorts of sports growing up in order to keep up with her very athletically talented siblings. Jaclyn was inspired to row when she attended high school at Our Lady of Mercy Academy and they offered rowing as a varsity sport.

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Jenny Sichel

Jenny began her rowing career at Bryn Mawr College 12 years ago. She earned her bachelor's degree in Mathematics and continued on to pursue her passon of rowing after graduation in 2010.

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Josh Boissoneau

Boissoneau, a former competitive Ice Hockey and Lacrosse player, transitioned to competitive rowing in 2016 after being diagnosed with a neurological disease. He says he became addicted from day one and really enjoys pushing his body to the limits.

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Mike Varro

Mike came to CRI in 2017 en route to making his first US Para National Team, ultimately winning the silver medal in the PR3 Mixed 4+ at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Fl.

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Pearl Outlaw

Pearl is a rising junior at Ithaca College, majoring in Exercise Science and minoring in Sport Psychology. After completing her degree, she hopes to work with other para athletes as a strength coach or sport psychologist.

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Tom Demers

Tom started rowing in 2005 on the Charles River during a summer camp at Union Boat Club in Boston. Soon after, he took it up as a full-time sport. He helped to start and grow a local rowing club in Lawrence, MA, which he captained for two seasons.

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We count on you to help bring our community's message to the world stage, and in supporting these athletes in their endeavors, you are paving thr way for others to find a place under CRI's broad banner of Rowing For All. Thank you for your generous support of CRI Paralympic Development.

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