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Community Rowing of San Diego (“CRSD”)
The first rowing club in the United States, Narragansett Boat Club was founded in 1838. Fifty years later, the sport of rowing had spread all the way across the continent to San Diego, where in 1888 its first boat club was formed. Four years later its second club was formed.
In the intervening years, San Diego County’s population has increased 100 times, from just over 30,000 to over 3 million. But until 2012 and the formation of Community Rowing of San Diego, the number of rowing clubs remained unchanged.
Board of Directors
Left to Right: Mia Gonzales, Carl Balediata, Peter Fayette, Meryl Chaffee, Dave Frost, Art Sloate
Board MemberAly Bronder, a forner collegiate rower, coaches the nascent High Tech High Chula Vista rowing program.
Board MemberMeryl Chaffee, still a competitive rower, is the head rowing coach for Gompers Preparatory Academy. Ms. Chaffee’s linked in profile can be viewed below by clicking the icon. GPA competed in its first regional regatta in 2016.
Board MemberCarl Balediata, a beginning/recreational rower and immigration attorney of over 17 years in the San Diego area, is a recent addition to our Board of Directors. In addition to his daily law practice, Mr. Balediata supports community empowerment by providing legal workshops for low income and indigent communities with the Community Law Project at California Western School of Law, and therefore strongly believes in the Mission of CRSD.
Board MemberMia Gonzales is a seasoned communications professional working with a global public relations firm for nearly 20 years in developing and implementing public relations initiatives for major companies across diverse industries. Mia has been a resident of South San Diego for the past 15 years and is an aspiring rower. Learning from her childhood experiences growing up in Southern California as an immigrant from the Philippines, she understands the importance of motivating our youth to fulfill their potential and become active and positive citizens of society. As such, Mia is a supporter of community programs, like Community Rowing of San Diego, that provide opportunities for underserved youth to realize their strengths and abilities and enhance their self-esteem.
Board MemberArthur Sloate is a competitive Rower, certified personal trainer, Juniors Coach for Cathedral Catholic High School and small business owner (as a professional photographer). He coordinates all prep rowing efforts for CRSD which are growing yearly. In 2014 – High Tech High Chula Vista began its rowing program, joining the Gompers Preparatory Academy and CCHS.