Growing the sport of rowing in CSRA

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Monday, June 3, 2019

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Rowing used to pretty popular in the CSRA. But over the years, numbers have dwindled. That doesn't stop the Augusta Rowing Club for hitting the water for workout, or even to compete at a higher level.

The two-state does have the most perfect training course for the sport after all: The Savannah River.

The Club is trying grow the sport little by little, year after year. They host the Head of the South regatta where hundreds of teams come from all over to compete. The Club is pretty small -- just about 75 total members with 20 junior members.

If you get good enough, junior rowers can earn spots on college teams and that's what's attracting a lot of the younger members.

"I definitely am looking to row in college," said Samuel Tudor, a junior member. "I'm looking at Clemson or another school. I'd like to go to bigger regattas."

It's no easy sport and you've got to stay disciplined if you want to do well.

"You have to focus on timing and staying with other people while still keeping steady and making sure your own form is right," said Alexandra Yu, another junior.

Periodically, the club hosts "Try Rowing Day" where folks can come learn the basics and get a feel for it. If you're interested, go to Augusta Rowing Club's Facebook Page.