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Week 11 #28 My First Visit To a Rowing Competition


In Sarasota, Florida, Nathan Benderson Parks, history began with the construction of Interstate 75 back in 1968-70.  Dirt removed to help build the Interstate left over a 400 acre lake.  Today the 600 acre park offers residents a 3 mile bike/walking trail around the lake, a playground, picnic area, fishing and a first class venue for Rowing Competitions.  In late September over 900 rowers from 69 countries arrived to participate in the 2017 World Rowing Championships.  I spent several hours with a friend one afternoon for “My First Visit To a Rowing Competition”.

I was impressed with this world class event and witnessed one race right after another. The award ceremonies were similar to the Olympics with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals complete with the playing of the winning competitors national anthem.

The winner of this male single event blew away all of the competitors crossing the finish line with ease.





Author: CarolynEliason

I have always enjoyed photography, but with encouragemet from family and friends over the past several years I began to realize I really love it! Belonging to this blog and a local digital photo group has challenged me to look at the beauty of the world and to enjoy capturing it with my camera.

6 thoughts on “Week 11 #28 My First Visit To a Rowing Competition

  1. Your picture would make a great promo for the event. Enjoyed the history about the park.

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  2. Great image. really captures the atmosphere of the event. Thank you too for the background to the venue. Good to be part of these ‘firsts’.

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  3. You beat me to the punch because it was my first rowing competition as well but you very nicely captured the essence of the event.

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  4. I totally missed attending this event. But a few years ago, the World Modern Pentathlon was exciting for me at Nathan Benderson Park. We are very fortunate to have a great resource like this that attracts athletes and audiences from around the world for competitions.

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