Thirteen-year-old Darienite Quinlan Daly is competing this weekend with a partner the same age from Greenwich in the youth doubles division of the Head of the Charles Regatta.
The youth division normally has only high school rowers competing, so Quinlan and his partner, George Lathrop, both middle school students, will be the youngest team ever to row in the 53-year-old competition, joining rowers from all over the world.
The team will be racing to raise money for the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, which provides “college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty,” according to the organization’s website.
“We want more than just to break the world record,” Daly said in a video accompanying his and George Lathrop’s fundraising page on CrowdRise.com. “We want to support kids who, like us, would like to go to college someday — except, however, some of these kids lost a parent in the line of duty, serving their country in the armed forces. And we’d like to give financial support to those children who might not otherwise achieve a higher education.”
Each of the boys has been rowing for years, but they only teamed up only months ago, Lathrop told an NBC Boston television reporter. He said the two spend two or three hours a day, six or seven days a week training.
- You can contribute here to the cause for which the two boys are rowing.
Daly said he’s so busy rowing that doesn’t have time to play video games.
Here’s the recent NBC Boston news story on the two teen rowers: