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25th February 2007

Competing for the first time under the Essex Rowing banner, five local athletes tested themselves over a 2000m distance at the 26th Annual C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints in Boston, MA ...
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15th JULY 2006

The Fourth Annual Lawrence Celebration Regatta marked the first competition ever for the junior athletes. Highlighting the day was a win by the Essex Girls in the Novice 4+...
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Essex Rowing Continues Successful Indoor Rowing Season


North Andover, MA – December 26, 2006 – Previously only offered locally through select private schools and Lowell High, the sport of rowing is now accessible to all youth and adult residents of the Merrimack Valley and Southern Hampshire region. “This is the first time for many local youth that they will be able to participate in a seasonal, competitive rowing program without having to commute to clubs based on the Charles River in Boston,” said Travis Gardner, Essex Rowing’s Founder and CEO.

The organization, Essex Rowing Club, Inc. was formed November 2006 from a grassroots movement in the Andover community. “Very early in the conceptual stages we decided to take the direction of a community based club rather than associate with any particular scholastic entity,” said Gardner. “As a result, the opportunity to participate is available for youth from over a dozen nearby schools rather than just one.”

Essex Rowing is currently partnered with Brooks School to offer indoor rowing programs through the winter season. Running out of the newly renovated Danforth Gymnasium on the Brooks School campus, athletes enjoy regular access to two eight-person indoor rowing tanks and 15 indoor rowing machines.

The organization’s first indoor session ran from Nov. 28 through Dec. 21 and attracted 22 youth representing Andover and Masconomet High Schools, St. John’s Preparatory School, and Wood Hill Middle School. Four adults also participated, drawn from both the Andover and Reading communities.

The next indoor session will commence Jan. 9 and will provide an additional opportunity for youth with no prior experience to become involved. On February 25th, several of the youth and adult members will be racing for the first time in Boston’s C.R.A.S.H.-B Indoor Sprints, the largest competition of its kind in the world. “Many of the youth are both excited and intimidated by the sheer size of this event,” said Gardner, “but it will be a wonderful introduction to competition for them because in addition to local youth, it draws elite athletes from around the world and that will be an invaluable learning opportunity for the kids.”

Essex Rowing plans to continue its indoor season through early March, when it will then turn to the water for the warmer Spring months. For the youth, the Spring will be their first regular competitive season where they’ll have the chance to qualify for and participate in late season championship events across the state and region.

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