This weekend about 1,800 athletes from 43 schools and clubs around Florida will compete in the state rowing championships at Nathan Benderson Park. Two local teams, the Sarasota Crew and Sarasota Scullers, will be competing.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Benderson Development looks at pulling out the stops in 2014 at its various projects in Sarasota and Manatee counties.
Nobody’s out-and-out saying the Great Recession is over. But one savvy development player is starting to limber up for what could be the Great Recovery. Todd Mathes was a last-minute substitute speaker at the Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA). He is the director of development for Benderson Development, a Manatee-county based national build-to-rent company specializing in the rehabilitation of shopping centers. It also builds hotels and has other real-estate interests. Benderson has projects in 34 states. In Sarasota and Manatee counties, the company has 25 different projects either under ownership or in development. Mathes came to brief the CONA meeting of neighborhood leaders about his company’s on-going efforts…
Saturday, October 29, 2011
'Our expectations were high coming into this year and we have been meeting them all fall,' said Liza Dickson, the men’s varsity coach.
Sarasota Crew competed among the best teams in the world during the recent 2011 Head of the Charles regatta; racing the Women’s Youth 8+, Women’s Youth 4+ and Men’s Youth 4+, a Sarasota Crew news release said. The women’s boats consisted of experienced rowers and young developing athletes, and in raw times the Women’s 8 placed 6th and the Women’s 4 placed 56; after a penalty was assessed the Women’s 8 was relegated to 15th place. “We are unhappy with the penalty, but will gladly accept that we avoided a collision to receive it,” stated Emily Goff, the Women’s 8 coxswain. According to Head Coach Casey Galvanek, the Women’s 4 -- consisting of three freshmen and one senior -- performed terrifically against the best competition around. “…
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Recent Riverview High graduate Hunter Leeming will begin competition in the Men's 8+ at the 2011 Junior World Rowing Championships on August 3.
Equipped with a little more than aspirations and potential, Hunter Leeming began his foray into the sport of rowing. Leeming was introduced to rowing by family friends and older students at Pine View School for the Gifted. Knowing that there was only one way to find out if it was for him, Leeming enrolled in the Sarasota Crew’s eighth grade program five years ago. “(The eighth grade program) was just twice a week, but I really liked it and wanted to go full-time,” Leeming said. As a high school freshman, Leeming served as a coxswain. However, Sarasota Crew provided him with the foundation and resources to become a champion oarsman. “Through a couple of coaches and along with my genetics because I’ve grown a foot since I was freshman, I …
Monday, May 9, 2011
The inaugural Sarasota Dragon Boat Festival was held on Saturday at Nathan Benderson Park. Event organizers plan on conducting more events at the burgeoning world-class facility.
SARASOTA - On a day reserved annually for the fastest two minutes in sports at Churchill Downs, the inaugural Sarasota Dragon Boat Festival was responsible for the fastest 90 seconds in Nathan Benderson Park history. Teams of 20 paddlers, one sweep and one drummer took to the burgeoning world-class rowing facility in long wooden boats equipped with a golden dragon's head at the bow and a decorative tail at the stern on Saturday. The Champion-manufactured Dragon Boats provided to the teams of corporations, representatives of rowing organizations and collections of friends and family members are the same ones that will be used in the 2011 world championships later this summer in Tampa. After the teams competed in training runs, they were …
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
The 2011 Sarasota Invitational Regatta is the first of six events that will be held at Benderson Park from Feb. 26-May 1.
SARASOTA - Nearby businesses still have a little bit of time to stock up before the first influx of rowers and spectators converge on Nathan Benderson Park. The 2011 Sarasota Regatta season will launch on Saturday with the first day of the two-day Sarasota Invitational Regatta, which has registered 465 entries from 45 clubs representing 34 cities and 10 states. In addition to the second annual Sarasota Invitational Regatta, the man-made lake at Benderson Park will play host to five other events on weekends ranging from March 26 to May 1. The one criticism that Jeff Koehler, who serves as the director of the Sarasota Invitational Regatta, has heard should actually be considered a compliment. Whether they sell groceries, sundries or lawn …
Saturday, February 19, 2011
The program will offer adaptive rowing classes for individuals with various disabilities, including -- but not limited to -- persons with vision, mental or developmental impairments, paraplegics, quadriplegics and amputees.
When competitive rowers take to the waters of Nathan Benderson Park for the 2011 Sarasota Invitational Regatta on Feb. 26-27, they will be competing for more than trophies. Rowers from the U.S. National Team, Olympians and future Olympians will participate in the charity portion of the two-day event to raise money for an adaptive rowing program designed to introduce individuals with physical and/or mental challenges to the sport, a Sarasota County press release said. The inaugural program will debut Feb. 25 from 10am - noon at Nathan Benderson Park for developmentally challenged participants from Sarasota County’s T-REC program. According to the county, the proposed adaptive rowing program is the result of a partnership between Sarasota …
Thursday, January 27, 2011
The Sarasota Board of County Commissioners approved the funding for the first phases of the rowing facility at Benderson Park.
In July, then-County Parks and Rec General Manager John McCarthy presented a grand idea for a rowing facility at Benderson Park. Drafts, a promo video and big goals were presented for the lake. He said this park could attract a national, and even worldwide, audience. The Commissioners approved the conceptual plan for the rowing facility. "This, my friends, is a big, bold dream," McCarthy said of the Benderson Park plans during the Sarasota Tourist and Economic Development Board's July 29 meeting. "People are saying this is the biggest thing to hit rowing in decades." In December, the commissioners approved the bond revenue appropriations. On Tuesday, the commissioners unanimously approved funding for phase I and II of the three-phase …