AJRA - Atlanta Junior Rowing Association


Fall Open House August 16

Tell Your Friends: AJRA to Host Fall Open House on August 16

Do you have friends who are athletic but not part of any sport?

Maybe they aren’t on a high school team or are just burned out on traditional sports and looking for something new.   Invite them to AJRA’s free Fall Open House to learn about the Olympic sport of rowing!  The Open House will be held on Saturday, Aug. 16 from 9am to noon at the AJRA boathouse, 245 Azalea Dr., Roswell for co-ed students aged 12-18 and their parents.

Openings are available in AJRA’s middle school program, AJRA’s recreational team, and for high school rowers and coxswains on both the Men’s and Women’s Novice squads.  No experience is necessary — just an interest in learning a new sport based on fitness and conditioning, competition, and teamwork.

Participants at the Open House can:

*Tour the AJRA boathouse
*Get into a rowing shell
*Learn basic technique
*Watch race footage
*Try out land training equipment
*And learn about college recruiting opportunities!

Coaches, parents, and current and collegiate rowers will be on hand to answer questions about rowing and discuss AJRA’s Fall programs, practices and competitions.

No sign-up for the Open House is necessary.  However, anyone interested in signing up for Fall will need to go to the Registration link (see right side of this homepage) to register, and also attend the Parent Registration Meeting on Sunday, Aug. 17 (see post below).

For questions or more information, contact Coach Sarah Low at ajra.information@gmail.com.


Fall Parent Meeting to be Held Sunday, August 17

The required parent meeting for all new and returning rowers registered for the fall season will be held Sunday, August 17 at Roswell River Landing.  Rowers are welcomed but attendance is optional. Parking at the Landing is limited but also available at Azalea Park (1/4 mile west) and Riverside Park (3/4 mile east across Hwy.9). Please do not park on the opposite side of Azalea Drive.

1 pm — Varsity  (those rowers who participated on Varsity or Novice in Fall 2013 or Spring 2014, rowers from other rowing clubs)
2 pm — Novice AND Recreational Team (new high school rowers, Former D Squad rowers)
3:30 pm – New and Returning Development Squad

Please remember to bring a completed copy of the physician’s fitness verification form to the meeting. Varsity and Novice parents can sign up for their required volunteer position if they haven’t already done so. Come meet our coaches, purchase required travel shirt for Novice and Varsity, shop for spirit wear, and order uniforms if needed.

IMPORTANT:  Your rower should be registered for the fall season before this meeting. We will not be accepting payments for fall fees on site. Varsity rowers will need a separate check to order uni and/or splash jackets. Cash/checks/VISA/MasterCard accepted for purchases of required Novice and Varsity travel shirts, Novice uniforms, and optional practice spandex and spirit wear.

If you have not yet registered, go to the Registration link on the AJRA homepage, and complete the registration forms prior to the August 17 meeting.  If you are interested in rowing but aren’t sure whether to sign up, attend the AJRA Open House on Saturday, August 16 at the boathouse from 9 am-noon. Details coming soon!


Welcome Coach Kyle Daugherty-new varsity men’s coach

Kyle photo2AJRA would like to welcome Kyle Daugherty as new Head Coach for Varsity Men. Coach Daugherty comes to AJRA from the University of Florida where he spent two years as Men’s Varsity Head Coach. During his time at UF, Coach Daugherty had crews make finals at SIRA and ACRA National Championships. His crew also received an automatic bid to the Head of the Charles for the first time in the school’s history. Coach Daugherty began rowing at Mathews High School in Southeastern Virginia and continued rowing into college for Syracuse University. He will be joining AJRA August 1, so when you have a chance, stop by the boathouse and give Coach Daugherty a big AJRA welcome!



Congrats to AJRA’s Nine College Recruits

Senior Recruits 2014Nine high school seniors at AJRA were recruited from this year’s Varsity squads to row at college crew programs.  

Pictured top left to right are Elijah Ziobron (Iona College); Aja List (University of Tennessee); Nicole Lane (University of Alabama); Annie Jachthuber (Ohio State University); Anna Ellis (University of Virginia); Isabelle Babb (US Naval Academy); and Daniel Akselrod (Georgetown University).  Bottom is Zoe Canaras (Brown University).  Not pictured is Eric Simmons (Rollins College).  

Congratulations to AJRA’s recruits!