TAMPA, FL - The Tampa Bay rowing community will have the opportunity to meet members of the USRowing Training Center next month. Olympic and world champion athletes training for the 2014 World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio will be in Tampa on February 14, along with national team women’s assistant coach, John Wall and USRowing High Performance Director, Curtis Jordan.
The Stewards Foundation will host a dinner and reception on Friday, February 14 at the Howard Johnson Plaza to kick-off the 2014 Roosevelt Rowing Regatta. The reception from 6:00-7:00 p.m. is free; tickets for the dinner may be purchased from The Stewards Foundation, Inc., through Regatta Central: https://www.regattacentral.com/clubs/.
Highlighting the Roosevelt Regatta weekend will be the Tampa Mayor’s Cup which will take place on the Seddon Channel in downtown Tampa on February 15.
Members of the USRowing Training Center include Florida natives Katelin Snyder, a Winter Park High School grad and two-time U.S. world champion gold medalist coxswain, and Plant High School graduate Molly Hamrick, who has won multiple medals at the under 23 international level.
“We are so thrilled to have the opportunity to train and race in Tampa,” said Snyder. “As much as we value land training in the winter, every opportunity to go down the race course is critical in helping us prepare for the 2014 World Rowing Championships this summer, and ultimately the Olympic Games in 2016. For me, this is an especially exciting trip; I grew up in Florida and raced the High School State Championships every year on the Tampa Bypass Canal. I'm so honored to return with the U.S. Women's National Team and I’m looking forward to meeting the rowing community in Tampa.”
The roster also includes Hayley Daniell, Tracy Eisser, Grace Latz, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Adrienne Martelli, Kristine O'Brien, Kelly Pierce and Samantha Warren.
“We appreciate the Tampa rowing community and The Stewards Foundation for hosting our national team women,” said USRowing High Performance Director Curtis Jordan. “This is a great opportunity for these athletes not only to train in warm weather, but also for them to see everything that Tampa has offer as a city and community.”
In addition to the exhibition race by the U.S. women, competition at Roosevelt Regatta is open to middle school, high school, college, masters and adaptive rowing athletes.
"The women’s national team is the equivalent of rock stars to our high school rowers,” said Tom Feaster, Stewards Foundation President and USRowing Board of Directors member. “Our juniors tell me they can’t wait to watch them row and have an opportunity to get to know them on a personal basis.”
"What a fantastic addition to our race and for the entire Florida and southwest Florida rowing community,” said Dave Spraker, Roosevelt Rowing Regatta Director. “To have this presence in our area and the opportunity for young people and rowing fans alike to meet and show support for our national team oarswomen is outstanding. The Roosevelt Regatta is the place to be the that weekend for opening day of the 2014 season.”
USRowing is a nonprofit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States. USRowing has 60,000 individual members and 1,200 member organizations, offering rowing programs for all. USRowing’s official suppliers include Concept 2, Croker Oars, Filippi, JanSport, Nielsen Kellerman, Vespoli and WinTech. USRowing also receives generous support from the National Rowing Foundation and its corporate sponsors and partners: ANXeBusiness Corp, Boathouse Sports, Citi Women, Connect-A-Dock, EMCVenues, JP Crickets, Ludus Tours and Rudy Project. The USRowing National Team program relies on strong partnerships to enable continued success. New opportunities exist to support the teams through the next quadrennial, culminating with the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. America Rows, which supports diversity in rowing, and the USRowing Para-rowing programs also benefit from corporate support.
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