One Year Kick-off This Friday

By: Max Winitz

SARASOTA-BRADENTON, FL— On Friday morning from 10:30-11:30, government officials and community members will join together at the site of the 2017 World Rowing Championships to commemorate the regatta being only 365 days away.

The public is invited to the free event at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida. At the One Year Kick-off, spectators will hear remarks from local leaders and U.S. Olympic gold medalist rower, Amanda Polk. In addition, “Vortex,” a sculpture designed by internationally renowned artist, Malcolm Robertson, will be unveiled with a time clock counting down the days to the Championships.

“This is going to be a very special day for our entire community,” said Max Winitz, the media and public relations manager for the 2017 Championships. “We can’t wait to listen to Amanda and unveil this amazing sculpture.  Malcolm’s artwork will remain at Nathan Benderson Park as a permanent legacy commemorating the biggest sporting event this area has ever seen.”

The Kick-off event will also give attendees the opportunity to learn about purchasing tickets and official merchandise, volunteering and all of the exciting events and programs that will take place leading up to and during the Championships.

The World Rowing Championships will take place in Sarasota-Bradenton, September 23-October 1, 2017. With 40,000 in attendance and 1,700 elite, world class athletes on hand from more than 60 countries, Florida’s Suncoast is expected to see an economic impact of $25 million.