I am so excited to see proceeds of this regatta going toward the UA Crew Scholarship Fund. Being a coach I am reminded everyday of what being a UA rower meant to me and of how much the sport has given me. I am thrilled to know that thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and supporters more students will have the opportunity to experience the sport that I love so much. – Blake Haxton
Blake Haxton was a rower on the UA Crew team from the fall of 2005 through the spring of 2009 and was the boys’ captain from 2007 – 2009. In 2009, as he was getting ready to graduate, Haxton lost his legs, and nearly his life, to a rare, flesh-eating bacteria.
Today, after enduring 20 surgeries, rigorous physical therapy and committing to intense training, Haxton is once again a champion rower. In 2014 Blake returned to the sport he loves through adaptive rowing. Blake won the 2014 Men’s Para Indoor Championship setting an American record. He finished first in the arms and shoulders single sculls at the 2014 Para-Rowing World Championships Trials, which qualified him for the 2014 World Rowing Championships where he took fourth. Blake went on to the 2015 World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, France, representing the United States where he placed fifth in the world. That performance secured an entry for the United States for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro where Blake finished fourth in the world. He is also the recipient of the 2016 US Rowing Athlete of the Year award.
In 2016 Blake graduated with a law degree from the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University and is continuing to work with UA Crew. We are lucky to have his knowledge and expertise on our team.
Blake’s impressive competitive spirit continues to earn him a place among the rowing elite as a competitor in both the World Para-Rowing Championships and the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The following video and news stories expand upon Blake’s accomplishments:
2012 TEDx presentation
The 2014 C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints were held on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at Boston University’s Agganis Arena. The C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints is a one-day World Indoor Rowing Championship event which attracts more than 2,000 entries from around the world. Blake won a hammer (1st place in Arms & Shoulders only adaptive) and set a new American record.