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Record-breaking numbers due to attend 2015 Australian Masters Rowing Championships

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 Over 1, 100 Masters rowers set to descend upon Penrith for the annual event

The 2015 Australian Masters Rowing Championships is set to attract record-breaking numbers of competitors as the event gets underway later this week. The regatta, which runs from 28 to 31 May, is being held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith, the famous legacy venue from the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

The event, which is being hosted by Rowing New South Wales, has seen a record-breaking number of participants enter the event with 1,143 Masters rowers planning to compete. A Masters rower is anyone aged over 27-years-old, with this year’s oldest competitor taking the form of Banks Rowing Club’s Don Christie at 86 years of age.

The four-day event will see 338 races take place, with the most competitors, be they male or female, coming from the 51-60 year-old age range. Unsurprisingly, the hosts New South Wales boast the most number of entrants, followed by Victoria, while the event sees roughly equal numbers of male and female competitors.

Rowing Australia’s Chief Executive Officer Michael Scott said: “I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the competitors taking part at this year’s Australian Masters Rowing Championships the very best of luck.

“It’ is fantastic to have such a superb Olympic legacy venue, in the form of the Sydney International Regatta Centre, available to the whole rowing community and I’m sure the next four days will see some fantastic competition. I would like to express my thanks also to Rowing New South Wales, as hosts of the event, and wish them a successful regatta.”

Anthony Blower, Chief Executive of Rowing New South Wales, added: “We are looking forward to hosting this weekend’s event and having a regatta that I have no doubt will showcase the best of Australian Masters rowing.

“We hope all the attendees, be they competing or spectating, have a most enjoyable event and time while in Western Sydney.”