More To The Story with Staley: Rowing

Dave meets a McCallie graduate who wants to make the Olympic Team

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – 7AM on a Saturday morning at the McCallie boathouse. Right next to the Tennessee River.

Richmond Coney is home for a few days. But hard at work. Getting ready for his senior year at Drexel University. A private school in Philadelphia.

Coney, a former McCallie rower, is a scholarship rower with the Drexel Dragons.

But hard work is nothing new to Richmond. Or his teammates. They keep their nose to the grindstone each and every day!

“We typically do two-a-days. Even if it’s not mandated. We typically go from 6-to-8 in the morning. And then about 5-to-7 in the evenings. Many times, we do an afternoon row by ourselves. On our own. It’s peaceful, with no coaches around. And we focus on what we really need to work on.”

Coney and his teammates are experiencing success. They just returned from England last month, after competing in the Henley Royal Regatta. One of the world’s most competitive rowing events.

Coney and his fellow rowers also had a chance to meet numerous Olympians.

Very important to a young man in Coney’s shoes. Because the Olympics is what Coney is gunning for!

“That’s one of my goals. I’m going to try and make the national team. The Olympics is a good goal. After a few years in college. Looking at 2024. Hopefully.”

Coney is a communications major. Because of the pandemic, he actually has two years of eligibility left. That would appear to line up perfectly….for a shot at the next Olympiad!

Dave Staley, News 12.


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