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Rowers building stronger community & bodies

BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- After an absence of over a decade, members of the Midcoast community have come together to reestablish a rowing club to promote the sport, get some exercise, and make new friends.

"We are just getting rowing reestablished on the river," explained Douglas Richmond, one of the organizers of the Merrymeeting Community Rowing Association.  "There is a base here, people who are interested and have been at it for a while, and we want to spread the good activity."

The rowers come from all kinds of backgrounds and ability levels, with a wide variety of experience in rowing.

"If you are strong enough to pick up the boat with us, I can teach you to row," stated Roger Duncan, who coaches the crews, something he did briefly after graduating from college.  "At this level, what I am trying to do is get people just comfortable where they hit the water together and where they come out of the water together."

"It just always looked fun," said Janice Rogers, explaining how she got involved with the sport fourteen years ago at the age of fifty.  "It's the greatest.  Yes, it is a hard workout, but it works every muscle in your core and everything and it is just much better.  I like to go to the gym, but I like this much better."

The association has a storage area for their boats (known as shells) and their gear at the public boat launch at the end of Water Street.  This provides rowers with easy access to a long, wide stretch of flat water on the Androscoggin River that is perfect for rowing.

The group has quickly grown over the summer, with organizers reaching out to area high school students to gauge their interest in getting involved and starting teams.  They are hoping even more people will join them.

"We'd like to have many more people and have that ability to have teams and have boat races," stated Rogers.  "That would be great."




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