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Rowing club teaches youth life skills

Posted: November 7, 2013 - 9:25am
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Members of the Augusta Rowing Club stand at the top of a levee as they rest after a running drill during team practice on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwell/staff  Sara Caldwell
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Members of the Augusta Rowing Club stand at the top of a levee as they rest after a running drill during team practice on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwell/staff

Practice with the Augusta Rowing Club might be five times a week, but Carson Williams looks forward to each one.

“I like being on the water,” said the North Augusta High School freshman. “It’s different, unique.”

The 14-year-old is in her third year with the club’s junior program.

She first learned about the sport during a Learn to Row day a few years ago.

“I like that it’s different and it’s not something that everyone does,” she said. “I also like that it’s a true team effort.”

Whit Morgan, a novice women’s coach with the Augusta Rowing Club, said that the program is a great experience for youth.

“There are a lot of good life lessons to learn from rowing,” he said. “Everyone is dependent on each other in the boat. It teaches teamwork, dedication and responsibility.”

It also requires physical strength and time dedication, said Morgan.

Participants practice 10 hours a week and then compete on Saturdays.

“It builds your strength and your character,” he said of the sport. “It’s one of the hardest, and most rewarding, sports someone can be involved in.”

It’s a sport Morgan said he would like to see grow and gain more youth interest.

“I would love to see our program grow,” he said. “It’s a demanding sport, but they learn disciple, about working together as one unit and can grow into very mature individuals.”

Carson said she would urge other youth to give it a try.

“It’s not for everyone, but if you try hard, anyone can do it,” she said. “You just have to be willing to work hard.”

The next competition for the rowing club is the 2013 Head of the South Regatta on Saturday at the Augusta Rowing Club in Augusta. For more information about the Augusta Rowing Club or the upcoming regatta, visit www.augustarowingclub.org.

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