By MICHAEL LYLE
VIEW STAFF WRITER
In the middle of Lake Las Vegas, Jim Andersen pulls his motorized boat up to a group and begins giving instructions: “Long, steady strokes,” he says. “Much better folks. Much better.”
Though the group is a mixture of ages and backgrounds, they have all come together with a common desire: To learn how to row.
With the help of the Lake Las Vegas Master Association, Andersen started the Lake Las Vegas Rowing Club to form a competitive team. But his larger goal is to get kids involved in the sport. The club has a Junior Rowers team for ages 13 to 19 and an Adult Novice Co-ed team.
“I’ve been coaching for 35 years,” Andersen said. “This sport opens up incredible opportunity for kids.”
On a recent Saturday morning, one group started off learning a little about rowing technique while on a boat in the dock. Then some of the more advanced participants took the boat out on the lake to continue practicing.
Andersen was beside them the entire time, giving advice and helping fine-tune their techniques.
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