Local Olympian inspiring young athletes at alma mater

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — An Olympic gold medalist once walked the halls and courtyard at Nichols School. Now, years after her graduation, she’s inspiring young athletes.

“Emily has taken it a step further by winning a gold medal,” said Beth Stone, a Physical Education teacher and coach at Nichols.

Stone coached Emily Regan for years.

“Anything she played, she played with her heart and soul,” said Coach Stone. “It was fun helping her find her path.”

The Olympic rower played basketball and lacrosse at the Buffalo prep school. It wasn’t until she went to college at Michigan State University that she began rowing, walking on to the Big Ten school’s crew team.

“I knew Emily had the determination and drive that if she wanted to accomplish it, she could,” said Stone.

And she did. When the 28-year-old won the gold, she made Buffalo history; becoming the first Queen City born rower to medal at the Olympic games.

“It’s really fun to watch the kids grow,” said Stone.

Watching the alumna succeed is inspiring people around the Nichols campus.

“An Olympian coming from Nichols is a real inspiration to the kids,” said Beth Marks, the Women’s Varsity Crew coach. “It really shows them where they can go with it and what can happen if you really work hard.”

“It was awesome to watch them win and definitely cool to be like ‘That girl is from Buffalo’,” said Samantha Lazar, a co-captain for the crew team. “The Olympics is a real goal. If that’s what you want to do – it’s reachable.”

 

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