Athlete Spotlight

Paul Boechler

Senior at Shorewood High School

When/Why began rowing:

I began rowing the summer after my sophomore year. I started rowing because it seemed like a good fit for my height, plus It seemed like a unique sport unlike many school athletics. I also knew a few rowers at my school who urged me to give it a try.

Favorite workout:

To be honest I enjoy any day out on the water. But if I had to choose, it would probably be long steady state up the inner harbor, back down then up the Menomonee, then finally back to the boathouse. I feel like this helps the team build endurance strength but also with boat feel and technique.  

Favorite aspect of rowing:

My favorite aspect about rowing is definitely the mental discipline. Everyday I leave practice more physically and mentally tough than before. But the mental toughness is something that not only helps you succeed as an athlete, but also succeed outside of practice.

Favorite rowing season & why:

Spring is by far my favorite season because of the teams high energy. After sitting through a long hard/tiring day of school, practice livens you back up. I also love this season because racing is more intense than anything else I’ve ever experienced.

What motivates you to work hard?

I would say that I am a competitive athlete, and I work hard because I know that on race day it will all pay off. I also demand improvement from myself daily, which I can do because I have awesome teammates and coaches to push me to my max everyday.

Favorite race & why:

Personally I don’t have a “favorite” race. I enjoy every regatta because it gives my teammates and I a chance to do better than the last race.

Interests/hobbies outside of practice:

Outside of practice I mountain bike, longboard, aggressive skate, graphic design, play guitar, play sports, go hiking, and hang out in the outdoors.

Interesting fact about yourself:

I have five sibling, I lived in Panama for a year (Central America), I grew up on a farm.

Favorite quote:

“There are two types of Pain in this world: Pain that hurts you, and Pain that changes you!”