TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) - Rowing in Tallahassee has been around for nearly thirty years. Capital City Rowing, about ten years. In that time frame, CCR has sent about a dozen athletes to represent at the World Championships, and this year? No different.
Two members of CCR, Grant Womble and Ezi Emenike, will represent the club and the Big Bend at the World Rowing Championships in the Youth Regional Challenge this weekend in Sarasota.
"I remember the day the results came out, I checked my phone as soon as practiced ended to see if I made it," said Womble, a senior at Chiles. "When I saw my name, it was a relief, a great honor. It's just pride for my team and the city as a whole."
The two were chosen from hundreds of athletes to row for the Southeast Region teams, and a lot of work went in to get to this point. Both have been rowing just a handful of years, and practice six days a week, and to be selected makes everything worth it.
"This sport is definitely one where you get better the more you do it and the more strokes you get in," said Emenike, who goes to Maclay. "I'm just so excited so see where I'm going to end up because I plan on sticking with the sport for long term."
The Challenge kicks off Saturday.