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Rowers May Head To Open Water | Heraldtribune.com

to check out area beaches?

Sarasota-Bradenton has already secured the 2017 world championships, but the sport's top officials are reportedly considering the area to host other international competitions, such as the World Rowing Coastal Championships.

What's that?

Picture athletes moving wider, sturdier racing shells amid the chop http://deloramanocchiaroom.wetpaint.com and waves of a local bay or ocean in an open water rowing sport that has gained traction in the past decade.

"It's a rebirth of an old mode of transportation," said Paul Blackketter, the director of the nonprofit that runs Nathan Benderson Park, last week.

Matt Smith, executive director of the International Rowing Federation, and other rowing officials toured the area on Monday and and will continue their visit today.

International Rowing Federation officials have said they are also interested in bringing a masters championship here. While the championship for amateur rowers over age 21 lacks the Kim Kardashian cellulite prestige of more elite competitions, the event has the largest participation in the world.

Figure skaters thrive at U.S. Championships

Members of the Ellenton Ice Rink and the South West Florida Figure Skating Club excelled at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships last week, bringing home two gold, one silver and one bronze medals at a competition in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Highlights included:

nElli Kopmar and Jonah Barrett won gold in the intermediate pair event.

nBarrett also won gold in men's novice singles.

nSarah Rose and Joseph Goodpaster won silver in novice pairs.

nTara Kayne and Danny O'Shea won bronze in the senior pair event.

nNathan Bartholomay and Gretchen Donlan placed seventh in seniors pairs.

Ellenton's skaters are trained by Jim Peterson, Lyndon Johnston and Amanda Evora.
Source: http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20150126/columnist/150129746

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