Humboldt Man to Compete in World Rowing Championship
Luke Wilhelm who grew up in Humboldt and graduated from South Fork High School in 2009 is headed to the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida. The event, which starts September 24 and runs through October 1, has over 900 athletes from 69 countries attending.
Wilhelm began rowing when he started college at the University of Santa Barbara. “I got into rowing because I wanted to be a collegiate athlete, and they were looking for big guys. After my first year, I was hooked and I’ve never looked back,” he told us years ago.
At 6’3″ and 200 pounds, Wilhelm is definitely a big guy. He’s been rowing extremely well this year. He took a first in the quadruple sculls at the 2017 U.S. Senior and Para World Championship Trials and won the men’s double at the 2017 Spring Speed Order II. He also took fourth place internationally in the double sculls at the Holland Beker Regatta.
He and his teammates in the quadruple sculls need some help getting to the 2017 World Rowing Championships.
They explain in a fundraising note,
As athletes in a non-funded category, we‘re entirely responsible for all expenses associated with the trip, including airline tickets, lodging, ground transportation, and food. The projected cost amounts to ~$3,000.00 per athlete. All told, the traveling team needs to raise ~$15,000. We really appreciate your support. Any donation goes a long way towards getting us atop the podium at the 2017 World Rowing Championships…It’s an honor to compete against the world’s best on US soil (and water).
If you would like to help, follow this link and click the contribute button in the upper right corner of the page.