ETRO kicks off rowing season

The East Tennessee Rowing Organization (ETRO) survived the long, cold winter, patiently waiting to get on the water. With Spring not far ahead, ETRO members have kicked off the 2010 season early, offering lessons for boys and girls ages 13-18.

Spring season will last through April 2010. Rowers will meet at the boat dock at Lashbrooke Nursery, located at 3498 Rankin Ferry Road in Louisville. During the season, ETRO will race in Chattanooga and Oak Ridge, Tenn., Orlando, Fla., and Gainesville, Ga.

ETRO will also host two rowing summer camps for boys and girls age 12 and older starting June 7.

The four-day, beginner camps are for any individual who has an interest in rowing. Experience is not required. The camps are from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Ft. Loudoun Lake in Louisville at the Smoky Mountain Rowing Center (SMRC), located at 3498 Rankin Ferry Loop. The cost is $100 and includes a T-shirt and water bottle. The camps are set for:

• Beginner Session: June 7 -11

• Beginner Session: July 26 - 30

Experienced coaches and rowers from SMRC will lead the camp, which includes a history of rowing and coaching on basic rowing terminology, physiology and technique. Participants will receive on-the-water instruction and how to practice their rowing technique using an ergometer.

As a member of US Rowing, ETRO offers recreational and competitive rowing programs for adults and youth.

For more information about ETRO and the variety of programs the club offers for youth and adults, visit or contact club founder and president, Roger Hubbard at or the coaches at

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