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About Southerlyn

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Thank you for your interest!

When my child started rowing, I did not know much about the sport or how to best support him. I couldn't find a lot of answers, so I asked tons of questions and did a lot of research. I soon realized I actually had enough information to fill a book! I wanted to share what I have learned as a parent with others who are just starting out to enjoy this great sport, the incredible rowing community, and to understand a bit more about their child's experience.


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  • Authors' Luncheon - Old Dominion Boat Club - December 29, 2023 - 11:30 a.m. 

  • Booked - National Press Club, Washington, D.C.  - January 11, 2024

  • Alexandria Strategy Group Book Signing - January 27, 2024

  • MADE IN ALX - Guest Lecture - April 27, 2024 - 2:00 p.m.


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I very much enjoyed this loving mother’s writing on her son’s rowing experience Her enthusiasm is wonderful to read.

-Walter Joseph Dozier Jr

Watching rowing during a crew race is wonderful fun along a river bank BUT understanding the rowing sport will make it even more special for me.
Southerlyn has written a book for ALL ages that is easy to read and so informative.
Reviewed by a 79 yo grandmother who watches her grandson🚣🏼‍♀️🚣🏼‍♀️🚣🏼‍♀️🚣🏼‍♀️🚣🏼‍♀️🚣🏼‍♀️

-G. Revell Michael

I bought this for my grandson. He will love it!
My grandson is very interested in sports. I bought him this book for Christmas. I started reading it and read the entire book. It's so easy to understand.
I love this book! I was nervous to try this sport at first, but now I’m encouraged to get out there!


Reviewed in the United States on December 14, 2023
I’ve always wanted to try rowing, but now after reading i feel more than encouraged to get out there and try a new water sport!

Great information!
This book is essential for anyone wanting to learn about the world of crew. The author answers questions you didn’t even know you needed to ask. And she shares insights into the sport as if she’s telling a friend or a fellow crew parent.

-Anne C.


Excellent Read
Reviewed in the United States on December 13, 2023
This book really demystifies the sport. It offers a clear understanding of crew life and is a great resource for parents and extended family new to the world of crew.


Reviewed in the United States on December 13, 2023
Great informative book for parents and kids starting their journey into this sport!

-Jessica Taylor

Easy to read and understand
Wonderfully written for the crew beginner.

-Roxanne Weiss

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