About Us

Burton Beach Rowing Club is dedicated to developing athletes of all ages with character, integrity, and graciousness.

Our primary goals are to encourage community engagement and inspire a passion for the sport of rowing, while fostering a drive for excellence, both on and off the water.

The organization is athlete centered, to provide an experience where hard work and positive attitudes are rewarded with increased opportunity.

We promote physical and mental well-being, leadership skills, and camaraderie in a competitive and fun environment.

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Our Story

In January 2018, BBRC was formed to fulfill the need for a highly competitive junior rowing program on Vashon Island, WA. Within a few weeks we had 6 boats, 10 rowers, a world class coach and thanks to the generous support from Camp Burton we had a launch site and a home for our boathouse. Our inaugural season was a smashing success, bringing home multiple medals at each event we participated in. Two of our rowers qualified for the USRowing’s Youth National Championships where BBRC was the youngest club there out of nearly 150 clubs from across the country. And one of our rowers made it all the way to the Junior World Championship on the US Team. 

Coach Richard Parr

Richard is a world-class coach with 30 years experience working with elite athletes all over the world. In total, his former athletes have over 250 medals from the Olympics, World Championships and World Cups. At least one athlete at every club he has coached has become an Olympic medalist or World Champion. Richard builds champions by teaching them life skills - hard work, integrity, kindness, and persistence.