Augusta's bid to give the 1999 Georgia Games a regional flavor begins in earnest today with the Georgia-lina Youth Rowing Championship Regatta on Langley Pond.
High School rowers from South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida will compete in the event which serves as the U.S. Rowing Association southeast regional as well as the East District Sports Festival. The USRA will use the event as a qualifier for its championships to be held in June in Cincinnati.
The regatta begins at 8:30 p.m. with finals running from 12:30-4:30 p.m. More than 600 rowers are expected to participate.
Georgia Games officials will use this occasion to stress the opportunity for athletes outside Georgia to participate in this year's games. The 1999 championships are the first to feature athletes from outside of Georgia's borders whose states don't offer a similar event.
"It's a great chance to make some of the kids from South Carolina and Tennessee aware that the Georgia Games will be held in Augusta," said F.P. Meehan, a member of the organizing committee.
TRACK AND FIELD:
There was a mix-up in registering for the May 21-23 youth track and field East District Sports Festival. Organizers received their entry forms earlier this week for Georgia Games Championships qualifying meet.
There will be on-site registration for interested athletes, ages 7-18, May 22 at Lumpkin Road Stadium. The entry fee is $6 for individuals and $12 for relays. Any youth athlete wanting to compete in the championships in July must qualify in the sports festival.
Entry forms can be obtained by calling (770) 528-3580 or (770) 528-3592 or by visiting the Georgia Games Web site at www.georgiagames.org.
Jimmy DeButts can be reached At 706-823-3221.