Diane Horrocks - President
Diane joined GSLR in 2012 when she fell in love again with coaching rowing after ten years of coaching her daughter’s soccer team. She began rowing at age seventeen with the Royal Chester Rowing Club in England and rowed through college at the University of Birmingham. She met her husband whilst sharing a sculling boat with Birmingham City Rowing Club. That’s also where she accomplished her greatest achievement in winning the Gold Medal at the British National Championships. She briefly rowed in Huntsville, Alabama for the Rocket City Rowing Club before moving to Utah... Who thought there wouldbe rowing in this desert?!
Irene Lysenko - Vice President
Irene fell in love with rowing while living in Connecticut some fifteen years ago. What was supposed to be a recreational pastime quickly turned into a six-day-a-week training schedule and competitions up and down the East Coast. As much fun as she has competing, she finds her greatest joy comes from teaching and coaching and watching others fall in love with the sport.
Nicole Kawakami - Secretary
Nicole Kawakami grew up in Utah county. Please don't judge too harshly. She loves to travel; mostly for the food! She teaches 2nd grade in the Herriman area, which allows her to feed this addiction when off-track. She also enjoys gardening, snowboarding, watching soccer matches and Netflix (does that qualify as a hobby?). She first became interested in rowing while watching scullers outside her flat in Nottingham, England. She finally started rowing after learning that it used every muscle in your body... What?! Who doesn't love that kind of exercise! She loves being out on the water--the challenge as well as the tranquility. She is proud to be able to be a part of the world's saltiest rowers! One word description: quirky. Look it up; it is not necessarily a bad thing ...
Joann Cloud - Treasurer
Joann grew up in the Glacier Park area of Montana and loved team sports for social activities. After longtime involvement in a science career, off-work activities diminished and athletic teams faded out of the picture entirely. After realizing that adult life definitely had become unhealthy, Joann learned to row through the Huntsman Cancer Institute’s wellness program. Rowing has been a wonderful discovery of an activity that supplies full body fitness without stress to the body parts. Furthermore, concentration on rowing technique empties the mind of all worries and stress from work. The soothing, outdoor, and social aspects complimented the exercise enough for her to get hooked and join the Great Salt Lake Rowing Club.
Michael Shiplet - Equipment
Michael, or "Ship" as he's known, has spent most of his life as a track & field and cross-country runner, competing at both the high school and college levels. But after four years of racing 8Ks in the mountains of Virginia, his knees finally threw in the towel and refused to go another mile. The next few years saw mixed success with barefoot running and other forms of cardio, until his partner, Paige, turned him onto rowing. It took 2 years on an erg and a pandemic to convince him his knees would survive the sport, and by the time he finally got into a single on the Great Salt Lake (flipping twice on his first day), he was completely hooked. He's now set on (safely) climbing the competitive ranks both on the water and indoors along with Paige at bow and Willow, their Dalmatian, as coxswain. When not rowing, he's a software engineer, adventurer, guitarist, illustrator, and all-around tinkerer.
Malaika Homo - Communications
Malaika is originally from Elkhart, Indiana, but her love of the great outdoors led her to Utah in 2005. After spending over a decade racing triathlons, she got hooked on rowing by taking a series of beginner lessons through Great Salt Lake Rowing in 2018. Malaika enjoys testing what her body can do and helps others discover the joy of movement through her work as a Certified Personal Trainer and Endurance Coach. In addition to rowing, Malaika spends time hiking, trail running, swimming, snowshoeing, snowboarding, playing racquetball and kickball, reading, and gardening.
Dalton Larrinaga - Membership
Dalton grew up in the high plains desert of southern Colorado. Though semi-arid in nature, Pueblo is home to one of the largest reservoirs in the Front Range. Here he developed his love for being on the water. This love led him to join the crew at the University of Denver where he earned his BS in Biological Sciences and Spanish. Now, Dalton joins us on the Great Salt Lake as he pursues his Doctor of Physical Therapy at the University of Utah. When he's not on the water or in class, you can find him whipping up lattes or dancing with the Utah'ko Triskalariak.
Karen Brown - Member-At-Large
Karen grew up in Salt Lake City. She had always thought her two boys (now in college) should join a crew team in high school and wished it was something she had done. Then a friend told her that they have an adult rowing club on the Great Salt Lake (who knew!). After several years and in her 50s, she decided you are never too old to try something new and took her first lesson in 2019 where she fell in love with the sport. Not a bad mid-life crisis! She loves the calmness, the full-body workout, the community, and the tranquility of being on the water.
Paige Willey - Member-At-Large
Paige discovered rowing nearly 8 years ago when she decided it was time to face her fear of the water. Little did she know that she'd find one of the great joys of her life. Now an avid and dedicated adherent to the water, there are few things she loves more than getting out on the Great Salt Lake and finding her rhythm. In fact, she's been known to say, "Just as long as it doesn't interfere with my rowing season," as an answer to most questions asked between January and April. Out side of rowing, Paige is a software engineer who loves to go on adventures with her partner Michael (Ship), and her Dalmatian, Willow.
Members: If you are aware of equipment repair needs, please record it in the log book AND contact Diane Horrocks at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Harbor Master: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marina Phone: 801-209-9142
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