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Meet the Crew, Personal Coaching edition: Ana

October 5, 2021

Introducing Hydrow Personal Coach, Ana Delucchi.

Combining her experience racing as a Division I rower at Gonzaga University and Peruvian National Team member with her encouraging attitude, Ana brings joy and direct technical advice to your workout.

Tell us a little bit about yourself, how did you get into rowing? 
I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, where I live currently. I have been rowing for almost half my life. I first got in a boat when I was 15 years old, after playing many sports growing up but never truly excelling at any of them. I was immediately drawn to the clear line between working hard and seeing results. I was always the biggest hustler on the field or court, but never the most skilled. With rowing, I found the perfect balance. I was a fierce competitor as a teenager with appearances at Head of the Charles Regatta, Regional Championships, and National invitational regattas. Towards the end of high school, I was recruited to row Division I at Gonzaga University. 

While at Gonzaga, I was a three-time West Coast Conference Champion as a team captain, with three appearances at the NCAA Division I National Championships. Also, during this time, I was invited to try out for the Peruvian National Rowing Team and made it, but never had the chance to race internationally. 

Since then,I have coached competitive rowing, including Master’s and U19 teams. This past year, I took my U19 girls team to Youth Nationals where one boat won the silver medal. I have also coached “learn to row” and novice rowing for 6 years, ages 12 to 85. Currently, I am a Level 2 US Rowing certified coach. I love rowing and find it so rewarding to be able to coach people in a sport that has changed my life. 

How did you find Hydrow and why did you choose to join the crew? 
The collegiate rowing community is pretty tight-knit. I knew Dani Hansen from Division I rowing, and knew how much she believed in Hydrow and its mission to bring rowing to more people. Immediately after learning about the Personal Coaching role, I knew it was perfect for me. I love interacting with new people, spreading joy and knowledge, and I truly believe that movement, especially rowing, can be transformational in your life. Fortunately, Hydrow is a community that believes the same. 

What’s your favorite thing about being a Hydrow Personal Coach? 
I love working with such a great team. Megan and David are incredible sources of inspiration and knowledge; I’m thankful to have the opportunity to bounce ideas off of them and build something together. I love knowing that at Hydrow, everyone around me cares as much as I do about sharing the sport and helping to make people feel included. 

Meeting new Members is also one of my favorite things! Everyone has such a rich and unique story, our community is truly incredible.

What’s one piece of advice you want Members to know if they’re just starting out with rowing and with Hydrow? 
I would say to be patient with yourself. Just like Rome wasn’t built in a day, you will see progress over the long run if you take it one day at a time. Eventually, baby steps add up to leaps and bounds.

It’s important to have confidence in yourself. Your goal should be progress! Everyone starts from a different place, and comparison is the thief of joy. I get excited seeing the smallest changes and improvements!

Why should someone do a Personal Coaching session with you? 
I am enthusiastic and deeply care about each member’s progress. I get energized by seeing growth for those I work with, and I love the way people light up when they start to understand and implement something we are working on. I am nurturing and want to foster a love for rowing and movement with all of those I interact with. 

I think everyone has the potential to be an amazing rower, whatever that means to them. I will help those I work with become the best version of themselves through my encouragement and infectious positivity.

When you’re not coaching, what do you like to do?
I love to run! I’m currently training for my 2nd marathon and first 50km trail race. Rowing has helped my fitness and stamina, and is still a wonderful way to cross-train for my runs. Trail running is my favorite. There is no better feeling than being outside, in nature, enjoying movement. I feel so grateful to live in the Pacific Northwest and be able to enjoy the beauty of nature around me. 

I also enjoy cooking and baking, and am the designated birthday cake baker in my family.

Who’s your sports hero? 
My sports hero is probably my grandfather, James Wickwire. He was the first American climber to summit the world’s 2nd tallest mountain, K2. His perseverance through tough times is what inspires me to run and row longer distances, and keep going even when my whole body is telling me it’s time to quit.

Book your Hydrow Personal Coaching session with Ana today!

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