The 2017 Australian Indoor Rowing Championships (AIRC), now in its second year, concluded this past weekend with over 700 competitors from across the country. 23 Event Centres, varying from schools, rowing clubs, gyms, universities, and two Australian Defence Force bases in the Middle East hosted events from 4 to 12 November.

It was fantastic to see participation from such a diverse group of people, our youngest competitor at 12 years old to our oldest at 92 years old. Competitors ranged from schoolchildren, elite rowers, gym-goers and even beginners.

In line with international standards, the International Indoor Rowing Championship race format was used with Concept 2 verifying all results as part of the World Indoor Rowing rankings.

With all the fantastic results coming through it is no surprise that there were 16 Australian Records and three World Records set during AIRC 2017, including 2017 Australian Rowing Team and current National Training Centre athlete, Alice Arch, breaking the 500m World Record for lightweight women aged between 19-29 years old.

Paul Jeffrey broke the World Record during the event for the 500 metre race in the 50-54 year old age category. While he broke the record at the event, he has consequently gone on to break it again this week, clocking a time of 1min 13.7 seconds. Meanwhile, Peta Glaister set a new World Record in the 1km for the 30-39 year old category, clocking a time of 3 mins 19.2 seconds.

Some highlights from the Championships include Lourdes Hill College hosting a ‘Dads and Daughters’ event, a massive 80 competitors at Drummoyne Rowing Club, and the Australian Defence Force had events across two bases in the Middle East. We also had journalist, and ex Wallaby, Peter FitzSimons, compete live on Sports Sunday on Channel 9, breaking the Australian record for his age group and winning a Gold medal! You can watch his race here.

In addition, FitzSimons’ ex-Wallaby teammate, John Langford, also won big during the event, claiming two golds in the 40-49 year old age category for his 1000 and 2000-metre races, and a silver for his 500 metre attempt.

FLTLT Alyssa Everson, Secretary of ADF Rowing, said the event aligns with ADF Rowing’s aim to encourage participation in both on and off the water rowing activities. “It was excellent to see the high level of enthusiasm and involvement from deployed members,” Alyssa said. “The relay events underline the importance of the teamwork that is crucial to the success of the Defence Force.”

Meanwhile, Physical Training Instructor CPL Kylee Ganzerla said the event had a positive impact on morale at the camp by allowing members to compete and form further friendships with one another.

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Rowing Australia was again proud to partner with The Robert Connor Dawes Foundation (RCDF) as the AIRC charity partner.

Congratulations to all for challenging yourself to be your best! We hope to see you all next year!

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