As you know, it is time to vote in the USRowing elections for HPC Athlete Representatives. Marcus has already sent out one mass email, so I’m sorry to come through with another one, but I wanted to say a few words about why I am running to be your HPC Athlete Rep, and why it’s important that you vote in the upcoming election. For those of you who have already voted–thank you for doing your part to make our organization stronger.
If you don’t want to read the whole email, here it is mini style:
I am the tough, sassy voice that can bring change to the HPC and USRowing by putting your needs first.
Absolutely nothing is more important to me than the interests of USRowing athletes.
Give me your vote, and I will work my ass off to make sure that you have what you need, when you need it.
Get your USRowing member # out and vote here: https://eballot.votenet.com/usrowing/login.cfm
I am deeply passionate about furthering the success of United States Rowing through improvements within the organization. Since I have started training in Princeton improvements have already been made, and I believe with the right athlete voices on the HPC, we can continue to push those improvements so that USRowing can function as a comprehensive, mature, structured organization that we can all be proud of.
To do this, we are going to need tough athletes who are willing to work with the administration as well as against it. Discretion and delicacy will be key, but so will the ability to stand up for the interests of all USRowing athletes even in the face of equally tough coaches and administrators. Did you know that all tiered athlete support proposals must be approved by an HPC Athlete Representative? When your funding is on the line, who do you want fighting for you—the stubborn sassy chick with the fierce stare and the lip ring… or someone else?
More importantly, as an Athlete Rep it would be my goal to be supremely here for you. I am not retired; I am not taking time off for grad school or other projects; I am not training individually on the other side of the country. I’m right here, actively training, up to date on my waiver and USRowing membership (haha) and in touch with what is going on with the coaches and other active athletes in the East Coast USTC. I know that success as a Team is fostered through communication and cooperation throughout the men’s and women’s teams, as well as the lightweight program, and the often unrecognized athletes who don’t make the team each year. I am ready to work with any USRowing athlete that needs help or has issues with the current organization of our NGB.
Please, please vote. This quadrennium can be the most successful ever for our Team if we work together to continue to make improvements to our organization. If you don’t vote for me, I encourage you to vote for an athlete to represent the East Coast USTC, and another you think can represent the West Coast USTC. It is critical that we continue to make these multiple training centers work for our Team by facilitating communication between them and working together to provide options for all athletes to train where they need to. Remember that your HPC athlete reps should be people that you believe will work with you and for you to shape our NGB into an organization that meets your needs.
Happy voting, and please remind your teammates to vote!
Megan E. Kalmoe
2009 USA W2X
2008 USA Olympic W2X