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The “Gimp Pad”

Updated: Jan 25, 2023

Stan Pocock Way Enough, p. 109

The Huskies finished a close second to Cornell, who nipped them at the finish.

John “Gimp” Halberg went on to be Frosh coach at U Cal Berkley (he coached our own Don Berger at Cal!) John later co-founded OPRA (Olympic Peninsula Rowing Association) in Port Angeles.

It was he who recruited Rodrigo Rodriguez who built the club’s junior program and sent Sequim’s Elise Beuke to the Worlds. He was a friend to many in our club. Sadly he passed away last year.

photo from the Peninsula Daily News


I had the pleasure of meeting John’s son Sean at the Sequim Bay Race last weekend and asked about the “Gimp pad”.

I had always imagined it to be about 1/4 inch thick – like an orthodic. Turns out they were over an inch thick!

Sean still had the original footstretchers and was kind enough to send me these amazing photos….Thanks Sean!

(all stretcher photos by Sean Halberg)

Sean Halberg at the Sequim Bay Race (Photo Gail Spurr)


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