Everywhere you looked at Griggs Reservoir in Columbus on Saturday you saw Blake Haxton. His name was on a Vespoli 8+ raced by his alma mater, Upper Arlington High School. His competitive nature was on display in the side-by-side, 5,000-meter headraces that the regatta comprised. Blake himself shook hands, took photos and spoke with countless athletes, parents and spectators on hand for the fifth annual regatta that bears his name.
A sea change is coming. It’s something you’ve likely seen before, just in a different form. You’ve seen it in the evolution of every new idea, every innovation, and it shifts the paradigm just enough to let a breakthrough happen. For Paralympic rowing, this change is happening now, and when it is over our sport could wind up looking dramatically different than it does today.