Delta Blades Junior Crew was established in August 2004 by head coach Joan McFadden. It was her goal to offer highly competitive junior rowing opportunities in her hometown of Stockton, CA. She ultimately hopes to guide the program to a Southwest Regional Championship. As Delta Blades grows more competitive in the league, the crew will be able to host regattas and showcase the Delta waterway and beautiful downtown Stockton. Rowing was never available in Stockton for McFadden, a Lincoln HS graduate. In order for her to pursue a rowing career in high school, McFadden joined Capital Crew in Sacramento, and commuted the 2-hour roundtrip daily. “I am happy to be back home, and that I can give back to Stockton’s teen community,” says McFadden. “Rowing has given me amazing opportunities in life that I would have never experienced without being involved in the sport.