Over 1400 entries for event to be held on Lake Barrington this weekend
Tasmania is set to welcome Masters Rowers from across Australia, and New Zealand, this week as part of the 2018 Australian Masters Rowing Championships. Lake Barrington will host 888 competitors, who will be racing in over 300 races, from 10-13 May.
With 1472 entries, rowers are coming from the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia and New Zealand for the event. The number of competitors racing at this year’s regatta will surpass that of the 2011 Tasmanian-hosted event, by over 150 rowers.
Rowing Australia CEO, Ian Robson said: “We wish all the competitors racing at this year’s Australian Masters Rowing Championships the very best of luck. We are sure Lake Barrington and Rowing Tasmania will be wonderful hosts for the Masters rowers competing this coming weekend. I am very much looking forward to ‘coming home’ and watching some great Masters races.”
A Masters rower can be anyone over the age of 27 (excluding coxswains), with the average age of competitors at this year’s event being 53-years-old. The oldest rower once again comes from South Australia, in the form of Ted James of Renmark Rowing Club. Mr James is a sprightly 92-years-old and is entered to race in four events over the weekend, including a composite Men’s Eight where the competitors are aged between 80 and 92 years old.
The event will see competitors racing over 1000m, with one of the highlights no doubt due to be the Interstate Masters races for the Men’s and Women’s Quadruple Sculls and the Men’s and Women’s Eights.
Rowing Tasmania Executive Officer, Rob Prescott said: “We’re delighted to welcome so many competitors to Lake Barrington for what is sure to be a fantastic event on one of the best rowing courses in the world, let along Australia.
“It’s wonderful to have such a strong contingent of competitors coming from both Tasmania and interstate, as well as overseas. We are pleased to welcome nearly 300 competitors from Victoria alone, with New South Wales bringing 181 rowers and Queensland 139. Tasmania will certainly be well represented with 159 competitors coming from nine different clubs in the State.”