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November/December 2012

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MEET THE ATHLETE COURT SPORTS Badminton Bring the family or come as an individual and have some fun. WAC instructor John Rowley will be on hand. He brings 20 years of experience and will offer helpful tips and fundamental insights. All equip- ment provided. Tuesday: 5:30–7 pm; 8th Floor Gym; all skill levels welcome Basketball Coach—Donald Watts Donald Watts, a former Husky and professional basketball player, brings his master coaching to the WAC. Washington State Consensus Player of the Year in 1995, Watts reached his heights in Seattle with two NCAA appearances. He motivates with a progressive technique that combines the mental, physical and technical aspects of the game. Sign up to work on your game one-on-one, with a Row her boat New member Ursula Grobler, 32, didn't take up rowing until eight years ago. Since that time, the South African–born athlete has been collecting medals in singles and doubles scull races around the globe, especially Europe. Grobler talks with us about her training and going for the 2016 Olympic Games. How did you get into rowing? I moved to Seattle in 2004 to work as an au pair and took a "learn to row" class at Green Lake. I had never rowed in South Africa. I started rowing full time in 2008. What does your typical day look like? I row from 7–9 am, usually on Lake Union. A second workout around 2 pm could involve another row or running or weights. That's when the WAC is really beneficial for me. A third workout in the partner or in a small group. Prices start at $120/hour Contact: Darin Barr at 206.464.3074 or dbarr@wac.net By Darrick Meneken evening could involve some yoga or stretching. I row out of Lake Union Crew and work with coach John Parker. You and partner Hillary Saeger competed at the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials in lightweight doubles but missed making the team by one place. How was that experience? It was really hard. Afterward, I had to think about whether I wanted to try again. I realized I do. I have one more round in me. I'll be looking for another doubles partner to go for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Why rowing? I love the combination of technical skill and strength. You could row your whole life and never take the perfect stroke. The quest to keep doing that is what's really fun. Women's Basketball Interested in playing for the Women's WAC Basketball Team? If you're a female WAC member age 21 or older, contact Athletics Program Manager Darin Barr at 206.464.3074 or dbarr@wac.net. Handball Instruction Come receive free handball instruction from Joe Cox. The Club is fortunate to have some of the best teachers in the world, so take advantage. Sunday: By appointment Contact: Darin Barr at 206.464.3074 or dbarr@wac.net International Court Soccer International Court Soccer is played on a racquetball or squash court using a specifically designed ball. Traditionally, the game is played one-on-one. ICS appeals to a range of ages and skill levels. ICS soccer balls can be checked out at the 6th Floor Sports Shop. Court reservations: 206.464.3095 Info: www.internationalcourtsoccer.com 48 | Washington Athletic Club Magazine | NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2012

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