New rowing club starts in Summit |

New rowing club starts in Summit

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Rowing in Summit County is about to become a more social pastime.

The Frisco Rowing Center at Lake Dillon aims to create a club of rowing enthusiasts who gather not only to glide across Dillon Reservoir but also take field trips, watch movies and attend Sunday brunches.

Sunday, the rowing club is hosting its first movie and pot luck night, featuring a documentary about pioneering women in the rowing community.

The documentary “A Hero for Daisy” tells the story of Olympian Chris Ernst, who led the first women’s crew at Yale. At the time, in 1976, Yale didn’t provide lockers or bathrooms for the team. After practice, they sat on the bus, sweaty and cold until the men’s team finished showering. Finally, they protested.

They called a reporter from The New York Times, marched to the athletic director’s office, then stripped naked in front of them. On their bare bodies they had written “Title IX,” referring to legislation passed in 1972 that mandated gender equality for all institutions benefiting from federal aid.

The stint caused major national and international media to cover the controversy, and the next day, Yale’s phones started ringing, causing the school to take action.

The film includes interviews with Yale graduate Senator John Kerry, former athletic director Carm Cozza, president of the U.S. Rowing Association Dave Vogel and a number of students and Olympians.

Joanne Stolen, a club member and organizer, expects to open the summer rowing season with about 40 people. Anyone is welcome, from beginner rowers to the national team members and Olympians who are on staff in the club, ready to teach people all about the growing sport of rowing. One of the Frisco Rowing members, Peggy Bailey, rowed with Ernst, competing in the 1976 Olympics and winning bronze with her team.

Competitive or not, club members believe rowing enhances health and longevity while promoting personal and community growth through teamwork, discipline, coordination skills and physical fitness.

“It’s good exercise, and there’s no impact, so people of all ages can do it,” Stolen said, adding that the club will be providing adaptive rowing, as well as involving seniors and young people in the sport. “It’s a very graceful, peaceful sport. It’s almost meditative, like yoga.”

Regular club membership includes boat use and club activities and costs $250. A single lesson costs $55, and a series of four, two-hour lessons cost $180. For more information, visit

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