NEWSLETTER (July 2016)

Dear friends and supporters,

Here is the latest news:

RIO 2016

Preps are now at full blast. Our 3 heroes – World Champion Moran Samuel, Reuven Magnagey & Yulia Chernoy are working very hard, rigorously threading waters in the best of standard training courses in lake Gavirate, Italy. They are led by world renowned Italian coach, Paola Grizzetti. Rio racing dates: September 9-11. Our Founder, Mrs. Linda Streit, will be there to cheer and celebrate. Will you join?!?

Click to watch Israeli’s Paralympic Rowing team in action

Wish to support Israel’s National Rowing Squad? Please contact us now.


Israel’s champion, Dani Fridman, failed to hit the score and didn’t qualify to Rio. He missed by only one place, having finished 10th in the world championships, where the best 9 qualified. But his astonishing drive, optimism and ambitiousness only grew stronger. He vowed to race all the way to Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and promptly demonstrated his unbent spirit, by making history: his possibly best ever rowing performance won him the ticket to the Henley Royal Regatta Finals – the 1st Israeli athlete to have ever reached this high!

This was in a one of kind cooperation with his bitter rival and good friend, Slovenia Champion, Gasper Fistravec. Click to read more in the Jerusalem Post.


The Sea of Friends program has concluded yet another astonishing year, serving youth of difficult backgrounds and special needs.

Amongst the participants:  Arab and Jewish mixed groups from Jaffa, Juveniles with mental disorders from Bnei Brak (Ultra-Orthodox), and several groups of kids, ages 9-18, from rough neighbourhoods of southern Tel Aviv. Read more about the program in the attached PDF – Rationale.

Wish to support youth at risk? We invite you to share our aims and achievements, discover how you can transform lives: contact us now


How can rowing serve to improve the lives of low-function autistic individuals?

The DRC is now exploring, and has launched a new program for autistic kids, providing rowing lessons with a unique supporting touch.

The first steps are incredibly promising, but a long learning process for DRC staff is still ahead. We’ll keep you posted.

FUN, FUN… and more FUN!

Kids summer camps are now in full operation, and the little sailors are crazy about it. Click to watch.


Finally, we’re proud to present the new FRDA logo, branding and infographics. This fresh look aims to communicate our core values of excellence, teamwork and inclusion. We hope you like it!

Once again, we wish to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your kind interest and great support – without which all this would not have been possible.

Keep in touch, enjoy the summer, and see you in Rio!

The Friends of Daniel for Rowing Association