At last, I could see the first boat racing across the Chattanooga Lake with four more boats drifting behind it. The crowds were no longer in their seats, but were standing on their toes cheering for their team. I could tell that losing was not an option for these rowers, as their strokes gradually began increasing in velocity. At this point it was a question of which team wanted to win more. The UGA novice team answered that question as soon as they ripped through the finish line with their last powerful stroke. I found myself on my feet and cheering for my winning team as they held their heads high and victoriously. I was not expecting to be feeling this involved and interested in a rowing race, until I actually experienced one.Rowing, also called crew, is a unique sport here at the University of Georgia. It is rare to find the subject of rowing in every day conversations. In fact, it often hides behind the shadows of more well-known sports, such as football, baseball, and basketball. At first, I myself was not interested in rowing sports until my roommate invited me to attend a race. Thinking of the idea, I couldn’t imagine myself sitting and watching rowers move their boats a few inches in water every minute. Instead, I could be doing something more productive, like finishing my English paper. However, if I hadn’t gone to the race I wouldn’t have been able to realize the hard work and effort these crew members put into their sport. Although rowing is not one of the most popular sports around the globe, for some reason people still do this.The crew doesn’t have an official place they call “Home” such as a football stadium for football. This is mostly because they travel to different races every weekend; however, they do use…
…en rowing and school work. Rowing is a place to make friends and cooperatively work with them as a team. It is the passion of these rowers for their sport that cohesively unites teams that sets an example across UGA’s campus, and ultimately the Olympics through their actions in and out of the water.
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