As the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota approaches, the first-ever Youth Regional Challenge will kick-off the week. The event will feature 312 of the top Under-19 rowers from across the country, racing in eights and quadruple sculls.
“The Youth Regional Challenge serves two purposes. First, for the first time ever we are bringing together each region’s top developmental junior athletes, coxswains and their coaches for friendly, yet high level competition,” stated Steve Hargis, USRowing’s U19 Development Coach. “Second, this event provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be able to see a World Championship up close and personal from the water side…not just sitting in the stands!”
“We had over 900 athletes apply, which was very exciting to see this level of interest. Unfortunately, we could only accommodate 312 athletes and 24 coaches. But seeing the racing as part of the overall regatta program, I am very much looking forward to seeing the athletes’ reactions as they get the opportunity to attend the Opening Ceremony on Saturday night. What a tremendous experience for these aspiring youth rowers.”
Representing Orlando Area Rowing Society are 4 of our rowers:
Southeast Men’s team:
- Valentine Lindsay
- Tim Miller
Southeast Women’s team:
- Savannah Sellers
- Samantha Sizelove
This is a great opportunity for some of our rowers to spend time with, and compete with & against the best youth rowers in the nation.