Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Norwalk River Rowing Association (NRRA) has hired Edward Slater as executive director and has begun construction of a new facility on the Norwalk River. Many members of the club are from Wilton.

Slater first started rowing in 1998 at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Mass. The sport brought him to Connecticut in 2002, where he began to coach and scull at the Saugatuck Rowing Club. In 2003, Slater enrolled at Trinity College in Hartford where he was mentored by Coach Larry Gluckman. There, Slater and his fellow oarsmen began to raise the bar for Division III rowing across the country, leading to gold medals at the Head of the Charles, the New England Championship, and the Henley Royal regatta. Serving as captain for the 2005-2006 season, Slater’s varsity boat was ranked 13th in the country.

The Norwalk River Rowing Association, founded in 1986, is a nonprofit organization focused in community rowing.

Information: norwalkriverrowing.org.