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Folsom rowers test the waters in Canada

By: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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The 2010 FISA World Rowing Masters Regatta is scheduled to commence September 2-5 in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. A few crew members from Folsom will look to take their places in several different events. FISA, (Federation Internationale des Societes d’Aviron for those with a French tongue) founded by a handful of European countries in 1892, didn’t establish the Masters event until 1973. It has since gained popularity and grown to more than double the number of participants and represented countries in the past 30 plus years. A frequent competitor in the Masters competition is Folsom native Claudia Schneider, who will be entering her eighth Masters event. “This is going to be a big regatta,” said Schneider, 59, a registered nurse that will be representing her team and country in seven different events along Martindale Pond this year. “There will be a lot of great rowing and a lot of impressive competition.” It will be the first time along the Royal Canadian Henley Course for Rosie Kessell, Coordinator of the Folsom CAPS (Citizens Assisting Public Service) volunteer program for the local police and fire departments. “I’ve never been to a competition like this so I don’t really know what to expect,” said Kessell, 43, a newcomer to international heats in comparison to some of her teammates. “All I know, from what I’ve heard, is that it’s really big and really fun.” Being an open competition to all different levels of rowers, the event promotes a unique, warm atmosphere as Schneider explains. “I see a lot of familiar faces every time I go,” she said. “I have a lot of old friends that I’ve met from previous competitions. “It’s kind of infectious to be in that type of atmosphere, getting to know people, rowing in some good races and watching some great races. It’s a really fun time.”