Area Crew Teams Go Camping

By: Dave Robin Email
By: Dave Robin Email

Camp is in session.

"It's been great. For a lot of kids, this is actually the second camp they've come to, so they're able to perform at a higher level," said John Bickley

The popularity of crew is picking up speed in the south.

"It's really nice watching rowing in Florida right now because at the high school level its really bloomed," said Joe Bobroskie.

And as it blooms, the camp helps young area rowers grasp the fundamentals of the sport.

"We make sure that they know how to do everything safely. Then we teach them how to sit in the boat, and how to hold the oars. Then we push them off into the water. We get in our boats to coach. They start one stroke at a time and we build up through the week,” said Brett Tollitson.

What sets crew apart from other high school sports is that the best athlete isn't always the best stroke or coxswain.

"I've never been all that athletic. I've always been one of the bigger slower guys on the team. This is one of the few sports that if you just put in a lot of effort, even if you're a bigger guy cause you're sitting in the boat, you can still be good," said Joe Bobroskie.

The camp makes for a good intro to crew, while providing area programs such as Leon High School and Tallahassee Area Crew a chance to stay on top of their game.

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