In two short years, rowing novice Dan Ahr has quickly glided from beginner to world class competitor, somewhat to his own surprise.
The 2003 alumnus of Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law will compete as a member of the US Para-Rowing team, (Arms and Shoulders Men's Single Sculls) in the 2013 World Rowing Championships, set for Aug. 26-29, 2013, in Chungju, South Korea.
Ahr took up the sport just two years ago, and began to win local and regional competitions almost immediately. The retired U.S. Navy Service Warfare Officer races for a private sport club and recently zipped through enough trial hurdles to win a spot on the American team.
In interviews with media that cover the sport, Ahr has said that his primary goal is to be one of the world’s premier Para-rowers by 2016, regardless of how things turn out in the competition in South Korea next week.
“It looks like I’ve got some work to do. I rowed a personal best today and I’d like to spend the next couple months taking 20-30 seconds off,” said Ahr.
The New Jersey native is an Attorney-Advisor at the Department of Homeland Security, Office of the General Counsel.