About the Club
Charlotte Youth Rowing is Charlotte’s first and largest youth rowing team established in 2000. We are a travel team supported by the Siskey YMCA in Matthews, NC and row out of the Catawba Yacht Club located on Lake Wylie in Charlotte, NC. CYR is a club team comprised of middle and high school students from over 20 NC and SC schools. Our program produces athletes who have gone on to row at schools such as UNC Chapel Hill, Dartmouth, Duke and Clemson.
Who can row? Boys and girls, tall and short, heavy and lightweight are all welcome. Previous sports participation is helpful, but not at all necessary. If you are small and have leadership skills, we would love to talk to you about being a coxswain - the one who steers the boat, assists the coaches with practice, and strategizes about our races. If you are bored or "burned out" with your current sport, if you find your sport unrewarding, or you haven't found a sport you love - check us out!
Want to try rowing? Charlotte Youth Rowing offers a Learn to Row session a few times a year to give your middle school or high school child a taste of rowing on Lake Wylie in a safe & relaxed setting. Our next Learn to Row is 11 am August 26th - 11 am August 27th! For more information and to register contact Coach Byron “Doc” Walthall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Coaches
Byron “Doc” Walthall and Nancy Teaff lead the CYR team. They are married doctors who started with the team at its inception when one of their daughters rowed. Byron started rowing as a masters rower after successful years competing in soccer and Ironman competitions (he’s finished 4!). Nancy rowed in college at Smith College and returned to masters rowing as an adult. Both are still competitive rowers and certified USRowing Level 3 rowing coaches.
About the Captains
Boys’ Team Captain:
James Sullivan, is a senior at Charlotte Catholic High School.
"I am senior at Charlotte Catholic, have been rowing for 2 years, and was a swimmer for 8 years before I joined CYR. I plan to continue rowing through college."
Girls’ Team Captains:
Lucy Cochran, a senior at Myers Park High School
"I am a senior at Myers Park High School and have been rowing for 3 years. A fun fact about me is I can say the alphabet backwards. "
Sam Palmer, a senior at Fort Mill High School.
"I started rowing with CYR in 7th grade. This is my fourth year as a Varsity rower. I am a senior at Fort Mill High School in SC. I plan to continue rowing for the rest of my life(in college and as a master)."
Head Coxswain, Chloe Todd, is a senior at South Iredell High School.
"I am a senior at Lake Norman High School and have been a varsity Coxswain since I was 13 years old. I plan to continue my rowing career at a division one program in college."