The Hammond Port Authority should add rowing to the list of activities on Wolf Lake.
The sport is growing in popularity in the Midwest. High school students are discovering the college scholarship value of crew. College athletes are finding an unparalleled experience of discipline and teamwork.
Active adults are reaping the benefits of the full-body, no-impact workout. Adaptive rowing offers opportunities for serious competition to the other-abled.
Wolf Lake is well positioned to host a summer club regatta along the lines of the Chicago Sprints. Nearby schools and community clubs could share a boathouse, equipment and docks. Adding buoys to mark a passage through the north channel could bring Wolf Lake close to the Olympic standard 2,000 meter course.
With the creation of the bike trail, Pavilion, and other amenities, now is the perfect time to consider bringing Wolf Lake into the rowing world.
- Joan Crist, Rowing Club coach and adviser, Calumet College of St. Joseph, Hammond