Hunter Schmidt said his journey to the shores of Lake Erie all kind of happened by accident.
“One day I just walked into a rowing meeting at school and thought I’d give it a shot and I feel in love with the sport and I’ve been doing it ever since then,“ he said.
“Every time he steps into a team boat or an individual boat, he pushes everyone and encourages his teammates to do their best every day,“ added West Side Rowing Coach Michael Cute.
Along with being one of the top rowers in Western New York, the Bishop Timon senior also navigates a heavy academic load with Honors and AP courses, balancing the books and athletics with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
“It takes a lot of sacrifice, a lot of dedication. There are some nights where it just row and do homework and not much else and you have to be prepared to make that sacrifice.”
One of the greatest accomplishments Hunter has is his commitment to the community. He helped raise more than $700 dollars for the Roswell Park food panty and delivered stuffed animals to children at the hospital.
“Just to see them smile, even though they’re going through such a difficult time in their life, it really inspired me,” Hunter said. “If someone can go through something as difficult as that and still be happy, you can pretty much do anything.“
Hunter said he’d like to continue make an impact in communities and in the water and hopes to attend the Ohio State University.