2017 World Rowing Championships Update
– 9/12/17 3:45 pm
**Statement from the local organizing committee on Hurricane Irma ** – September 12, 2017
After assessing the minimal damage left by Hurricane Irma at Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota County officials have granted the local organizing committee for the 2017 World Rowing Championships, access to continue operations. As a result of months of planning and forecasting for potential storm delays, venue buildout is on schedule and the site will be ready to host the world’s best rowers in Sarasota-Bradenton from September 23-October 1.
In addition, the committee’s Manager of Athlete Services, Kristen Hartley, remains in constant communication with Team Managers from each country, confirming their arrival schedules. Many of those teams will arrive to Florida later this week for training.
“The local organizing committee for the 2017 World Rowing Championships would like to thank the Sarasota County Emergency Management Department and all of the local and state officials for their preparation, communication, and mobilization efforts, in keeping the community safe during Hurricane Irma,” said Meredith Scerba, the executive director of the 2017 World Rowing Championships.
The 2017 World Rowing Championships will begin with a free public event, the Opening Ceremony, on Saturday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m. and will run through the final day of competition, Sunday, October 1.
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As Hurricane Irma continues to impact the southeast, our thoughts are with all communities affected by the storm, and we hope for their continued safety. USRowing will be working closely with the 2017 World Championships, SANCA and FISA to best assess the condition of Nathan Benderson Park along with the Sarasota-Bradenton area and create plans for a clean-up effort. Thank you all for the outpouring of concern and continued support for all impacted members of the rowing community. We will continue to post more information as it becomes available to us.
For the latest from the 2017 World Championships team, please visit their website.