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Amaris Hinton Bridges Gaps with Baltimore Rowing

by Travis Day, travis@usrowing.org | Jul 02, 2015
Amaris Hinton, a 15-year old out of Baltimore Rowing Club, has a story not unlike many other skilled youth rowers currently in her position. After a fairly impromptu introduction to the sport, followed by a natural pick-up in skill and fitness, she got the attention of USRowing’s junior development camp system.
Amaris Hinton, a 15-year old out of Baltimore Rowing Club, has a story not unlike many other skilled youth rowers currently in her position. After a fairly impromptu introduction to the sport, followed by a natural pick-up in skill and fitness, she got the attention of USRowing’s junior development camp system. 

However, Hinton's path that led her to this summer's USRowing Junior Women Sweep Development Camp in New London, Conn., also led her to a stark realization that gives her story its own uniqueness. She was the only African American rower present at her regional identification camp this past winter.
BRC 2- at 2015 Youth Nationals
Not that this has been an obstacle to Hinton’s success in the sport. She and her pair partner, 18-year old Diana Lowitt, won a bronze medal in the women's pair at the 2015 USRowing Mid-Atlantic Youth Championships, which punched their ticket to the USRowing Youth National Championships in Sarasota, Fla.

While Lowitt will be starting her collegiate career with Georgetown University this fall, Hinton will remain in Baltimore and have the opportunity to earn a junior national team spot. Then, she sees collegiate rowing as a definite possibility for herself in the future.

“I actually think about it a lot,” Hinton said. “I let myself dream. It’s a goal of mine.”

USRowing's America Rows Foundation, built on the principle of fostering diversity and inclusion in the sport, is embodied by situations like Hinton's. Clubs with such a vastly diverse athlete makeup also push the same ideals. In a sport so historically tied to upper-class, affluent areas and individuals, the goal of increasing diversity within rowing is being reached via these avenues.

Baltimore Rowing Club is also instrumental with their Reach High program – a local affiliate of America Rows with the same goal.
BRC's 2015 Learn-to-Row Day
“Reach High exemplifies exactly what we’re trying to do,” said USRowing inclusion manager Richard Butler. “Developing minority kids to be rowing on a national level has been a struggle because these programs have only been around for five years or so.”

Although this goal will remain a long-term engagement, athletes like Hinton and organizations like Baltimore Rowing Club show that we are, without a doubt, headed in the right direction.

“It won’t be 2016, and it probably won’t be 2020,” said Butler. “But eventually you will see boats crossing the finish line in an Olympic Games that will look like the rest of America.”

About USRowing
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