Clermont Florida —
Clermont Florida is known as the “City of Champions”. As a hosts to several local, regional and national sporting events throughout the year it looks like the new BIG THING is the Lake County Rowing Association.
With the Fall Season October – November about to start enthusiasm for the 6 year old organization continues to grow. With a membership of 11 in 2011 the LCRA now has over 75 members. I met with Justin Knust the LCRA Coaching Director to learn more about all the new hype.
Justin himself has been rowing for 20+ years starting as Freshman in HS. He attributes his longevity and success in the sport to his Dad, who challenged him he may not have the stuff. Well Justin has succeeded and then some. Coaching at UF for 2 years before joining LCRA to teach 5 years ago.
The Association has programs for Adults, as well as High School and Middle School programs. The current Fall Schedule for Adults wanting to Learn To Row starts on Saturday October 28.
According to Justin, new rowers are taught safety, parts of the boat, stroke sequence, rowing terms, and ergometer techniques. Upon completion of the Learn to Row session rowers will have a solid foundation to continue fine tuning their stroke during LCRA’s regulary coached practices.
The LCRA middle school rowing program is open to all students who are currently enrolled in grades 6-8, while the The LCRA high school rowing program is open to all students who are currently enrolled in grades 9-12. The goal of the LCRA rowing program is to foster the love of rowing while providing opportunities to compete in a safe and respectful manner.
I also had the opportunity to meet Wendy Burkett the LCRA Public Relations Director and a member of the Board of Directors. Both Wendy and Justin emphasized to me that Rowing is a sport that embodies grace, power and symmetry. Developing endurance, discipline, teamwork, mental and physical toughness which builds relationships between the athletes helping them to learn to work together as a team.
As an individual myself who has played all types of sports since I was a child my question was; Why Rowing? Athletic size and build as well as the smaller number of in competition for College Scholarships. Scholarship rates can be as high as 50% for girls and 20% for guys. This compared to only about 2% for other sports per the NCAA Official website. That can provide High School Graduates a great opportunity to attend a GREAT school.
Rowing is meant to be a life-long sport that anyone can do. Its low impact on the bodies joints typically affected from much more physical sports mean you can continue to row well into old age.
Want to know more? You can contact the LCRA at:
The Clermont Boathouse
1050 Victory Way
Clermont, FL 34711
Visit their website for more information on individual programs and schedules. Lake County Rowing Association
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