Rowing Club Pushes Off For Another Season

Rowing Club Pushes Off For Another Season

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The activity is not for the faint of heart, but it is for just about everyone else. They look like they really mean business. Some compete. But mainly it's about camaraderie.

“I think the best part of being out here is just being with friends on the water and you get a lot of exercise. It's beautiful out,” said Carol Rossi-Fries, Grateful Oars Rowing board member.

The Grateful Oars Rowing Club has been in action more than 20 years on Norwood Lake. Members range in age from 20-somethings to one who is 78. Some of the crew entered a competition in Ottawa last year. They did really well. Sort of.

“We came in first, but we were the only ones in our category. But it was great,” said Rossi-Fries.

Word of mouth, ads and a web site are the way people find out about it and there's another way.

“I saw shells out on the water for a number of years before I joined the club. And I was always intrigued by it,” said Peter McCoy, vice president Grateful Oars Rowing.

There are some serious competitors at the club. Some folks are just learning.

So would you like to give it a try? They'll be holding a learn-to-row event this Saturday morning at 9. All are welcome, but they would prefer that you register ahead at their web site.

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