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Camp teaches rowing to teens



Chesapeake Boathouse's 2007 Summer Rowing Camp is giving teens 12 to 19 the chance to see if they have a knack for rowing.

Coaches put beginners on the Oklahoma River and teach them basic rowing techniques and commands. The one-week camp, Monday through July 27, takes off from the boathouse at 725 S. Lincoln.

"Most people don't know, when they come down to the river, if they're going to enjoy rowing or not," said Elizabeth Laurent, director of marketing. "This is a great opportunity for them to come out and learn the basics of it, get in a boat, go out on the water and see if they enjoy it."

Laurent said no matter the skill level or body type, even nonathletes can succeed at rowing.

"You don't have to be a natural athlete to be able to do this. Some kids have never been athletic, and they get into a boat and discover that they love it so much, that they end up becoming athletes out of it," she said.

At camp, teens will train on indoor rowing machines called ergs, as well as rowing barges until they're comfortable manning a boat with seven others. At the end of the week, campers will have the opportunity to join the Chesapeake Junior Crew either competitively or recreationally.

The camp runs 9 a.m. to noon each day, and costs $150. For more information, call 552-4040 or visit their site.

"Lauren Hopkins

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