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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Abby Knight to row at Junior World Championships in France

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Abby Knight to row at Junior World Championships in France

The incredible rowing season for Shenendehowa sculler Abby Knight refuses to end.

The New York State gold medalist, Scholastic Rowing Association national silver medalist and silver medalist at the Stotesbury Cup will continue rowing throughout the summer competitively, qualifying for the Junior World Championships in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France, Aug. 5 to 8.

A 2009 graduate of Shenendehowa, Knight was invited to the United States Rowing junior national sculling selection camp at the GMS Rowing Center in New Milford, Conn. Knight qualified for the world championships by finishing third in the double with Katie Burke from Hillsborough, Fla., at the Junior World Championship Trials last weekend in West Windsor, N.J.

“It still hasn’t hit me yet,” Knight said from the selection camp. “It’s in the back of everyone’s mind, but being my size I didn’t even think I had a shot. I had no idea how the coach was going to select the boats.
“(Coach Guenter Beutter) was very fair. When we did a 2k (2,000-meter workout on the ergometer) it was weight-adjusted — that helped me too. It’s pretty amazing. I’m still in shock.”

While Knight has experienced the thrill of being selected to represent the USA in France, it came with a hefty price: her lavender Hudson single.

“After we were done with our singles we had them lined up at the camp and a tree fell on my boat, the entire bow is gone,” Knight said. “Hudson already has it, at least I don’t need it for the rest of the summer.”

Knight, her family and Shenendehowa Crew are also banding together to help the sculler pay for her trip to France. The US Rowing Association requires each athlete to pay a fee to cover the cost of food, lodging, airfare and all other expenses associated with attending the Junior World Championships, the cost is estimated at $5,000.

Two Web sites have been set up to assist her, here and on Facebook on her “Support Abby Knight” page.

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