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Congratulations to the United States Rowing team for their gold medal performance at the World Championships in St. Catherines, Ontario, and congratulations to the Buffalo News for your outstanding coverage of this event.

West Side Rowing Club is particularly proud of our five young men from Buffalo who are rowing for the United States this year, and training to compete in next year's Olympic games in Sydney, Australia: Kevin Cotter, Martin Crotty, Don Smith, Tom Murray and Jim Neil.

Your reporting of the World Championships gives these champion athletes well earned recognition as they prepare for the Olympics.

These five young men have rowed for years at a world-class level, and they have taken West Side's tradition to new heights. They inspire today's West Side high school rowers, over 500 in number, to row well and to reach for the very top of the world.

Well rowed in St. Catherines, and row on to Sydney gold.

WSRC President

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