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Royal St. John's Regatta
Royal St. John's Regatta - Contributed

Just being able to spin around the pond with a great group of women who love to row is going to be a fun time for Erin Summers.

She’s happy to be part of Team Belfor — a new women’s team out of the Humber Valley Rowing Club — making its debut at this year’s Royal St. John’s Regatta.

The team is comprised of a group of women with some experience in the boat, but captain Amy Bishop is the only team member to participate in the St. John’s Regatta and that was 14 years ago.

Team Belfor, with rookie Gerard Curtis as coxswain, also includes Rosanne Hicks, Krista Hansen, Denna Newman and Wendy Robinson.

The group decided early this summer that they would spend a lot of time training on the water with participation in the 200th anniversary event the shared goal.

Summers wants to put in a good showing and promote her own club’s regatta, scheduled for Aug. 11 in Corner Brook, to all the different teams with hopes of growing the sport on the west coast.

She makes it clear that the team is focused on just having fun and soaking up the fun atmosphere that comes with Regatta Day in St. John’s. She said everybody wants to beat their personal best time and that would be more than enough to put a smile on their face, but she doesn’t expect anything miraculous to happen.

“We’re not expecting to set any records out there or anything, but we definitely trained really hard and we’re hoping to do our best anyway,” she said.

It’s going to be a great day to be on the water, she figures.

“We’re all just really excited about being part of the 200th regatta,” she said. “There’s a lot of hype we have lot of people cheering for us from the west coast who are going to watch the race on television.”

Team Belfor will compete in the Women’s Masters Class race scheduled for 3:40 p.m. today.

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