Bending the Oar – Club Strives to Make Rowing Accessible to North State Youth

© Lisa Shara; Published at North State Parent.


Jade Bennett, 12, and Jordan Bennett, 13, were in for a big surprise when they signed up for a recent rowing camp held at Forebay Aquatic Center in July. Their mom, Julee Bennet, says: “I had to encourage them to try the sport out. They didn’t really know anything about rowing, and had assumed they wouldn’t like it. However, from the start of camp, they had an amazing time and were more than eager to go back each day. On the last day, they both jumped in the car all excited and said, ‘Mom, we are totally doing this next summer! This rowing thing is awesome!’”

[sws_pullquote_right]It’s a great art, is rowing. It’s the finest art there is. It’s a symphony of motion and when you’re rowing well, why it’s nearing perfection. You’re touching the divine. It touches the you of you’s, which is your soul.” –George Pocock [/sws_pullquote_right] “We want participants to be safe on the water and have a great time at camp being a kid,” says Nate Sandoval, an assistant rowing coach for California State University, Chico, and summer manager at Forebay Aquatic Center. “Rowing builds discipline, focus and technique, and it’s fun because you are helping each other move fast in a totally unique environment. In camp, team-building mixes with meeting new friends. It’s a fun way to learn a new sport.” Continue reading

Bike Kitchen Peddles Good Nutrition


Looking for new ideas for preparing healthy foods? Keep an eye out for a pedal-driven kitchen at local farmers markets and community events in Chico. Called the Edible Pedal, the mobile bike kitchen provides cooking demonstrations using fresh, local foods.

Sitting on a modified Pedicab base, the bike kitchen is equipped with stainless steel counters, two sinks, a fresh water reservoir, waste-water tanks, shelves, cooking gear, and a stove, oven and propane tank. A canopy and demonstration viewing mirror provide shade and visibility for those watching the chef create.

Weighing approximately 650 pounds, depending on the energy of the rider, the Edible Pedal can cruise at speeds up to 15 mph! Continue reading