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CCSD Students Win at First Rowing Competition

CCSD Students Win at First Rowing Competition

The five-student team is made up of Freedom Middle School sixth-grader Payton Chambley, Mill Creek Middle School eighth-grader Jacob King, Mill Creek MS seventh-grader Gage Sanchez, Teasley Middle School eighth-grader Dylan Saulinskas and Creekland Middle School eighth-grader Graham Stiles.

Cherokee County School District middle school students won at their first regional rowing competition powered by a national grant program to bring the sport to schools!

CCSD middle schools this school year added rowing to their programs thanks to a Concept2, Inc. Erg Ed grant, valued at $45,000, awarded by the George Pocock Rowing Foundation through a competitive application process.  Only two school districts nationwide were selected for the award, which included a set of 20 Concept2 rowing machines and adaptive equipment, curriculum and teacher training.  The machines are rotated between CCSD middle schools.

The Allatoona Rowing Association partnered with CCSD on the new initiative and, as another way to encourage students to try the sport, established a CCSD Middle School Erg Sprint Team.  

The five-student team is made up of Freedom Middle School sixth-grader Payton Chambley, Mill Creek Middle School eighth-grader Jacob King, Mill Creek MS seventh-grader Gage Sanchez, Teasley Middle School eighth-grader Dylan Saulinskas and Creekland Middle School eighth-grader Graham Stiles.

The team recently participated in the Atlanta Erg Sprints indoor regatta erg rowing machine competition on the Georgia Tech campus, with members earning individual top honors. 

Payton won first place and a gold medal in the Women’s U15 (Under 15 years old) event, and Dylan won second place and a silver medal in the Men’s U15 event.  Jacob placed fourth in the same division, and Gage placed fifth.

“Congratulations to CCSD’s middle school PE teachers for inspiring these students through Erg Ed to notable achievements in rowing,” said Ann Carey, the association’s director and head coach who has coordinated the partnership with CCSD. 

She also shared that Mill Creek MS and Teasley MS each purchased additional erg rowing machines to remain at their schools to allow more opportunities for students.  Ms. Carey thanked PE teachers Donna Ross of Mill Creek MS and Don Deaton and Brian Puckett of Teasley MS for their support in the partnership expansion.

“Congratulations to these outstanding student athletes and their coaches for this regional success!” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “Thank you to the Allatoona Rowing Association for your continued partnership and opportunities for our students to learn about and compete in the sport of rowing.”  

The team recently participated in the Atlanta Erg Sprints indoor regatta erg rowing machine competition on the Georgia Tech c

The team participates in the Atlanta Erg Sprints indoor regatta erg rowing machine competition on the Georgia Tech campus.  Above: Payton; below: Graham.

The team participates in the Atlanta Erg Sprints indoor regatta erg rowing machine competition on the Georgia Tech campus. 

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