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World Champions arrive in Sydney for 2018 Aon Sydney International Rowing Regatta

More than 1,500 rowers from across Australia and abroad will gather in Sydney next week for the 2018 Aon Sydney International Rowing Regatta (SIRR) to be contested at Penrith from 19 to 25 March, 2018.

Held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, SIRR features a week-long regatta with some of the world’s best rowers competing in over 115 events, including the Australian Open Rowing Championships, Australian Open Schools Rowing Championships and the King’s and Queen’s Cups Interstate Regatta.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said that the NSW Government was proud to support Australia’s leading rowing event, with this year’s event set to welcome international rowers from Argentina, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan and Vietnam.

“Since its inception in 2013, the Sydney International Rowing Regatta has established itself as Australia’s largest rowing event and last year the week-long Regatta delivered $5 million in visitor expenditure to the NSW economy from intrastate, interstate and international travel,” Mr Marshall said.

“We wish all competitors a successful Regatta and invite visitors to experience the wide variety of world-class activities, destinations plus events Western Sydney and NSW has to offer.”

Headlining the international line-up are Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallists and World Champion rowers, Gary and Paul O’Donovan, along with Irish World Champion teammates Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan.

The Irish quartet, who will be representing Skibbereen Rowing Club, arrived in Sydney on 27 February to prepare for next week’s event, and took time out of their training schedule to explore Sydney from atop the Harbour Bridge.

Olympic silver medallist, Paul O’Donovan said, “It was fantastic to do the famous BridgeClimb and see the unbelievable views of Sydney. It’s our first time in Australia and to climb the iconic Harbour Bridge and see the city was just brilliant.

“We’ve had a great time here, training daily out on Sydney Harbour and seeing the city from the Parramatta River. In between training, we’ve also been lucky enough to explore a bit of Sydney and taken in its great beaches and quality restaurants. We’re pleased with how our preparation has gone in the lead up to SIRR 2018 and are looking forward to getting out to the Sydney International Regatta Centre to race.”

For further information on the 2018 Sydney International Rowing Regatta, click here.

Gary O’Donovan, Shane O’Driscoll, Mark O’Donovan and Paul O’Donovan on scaled the famous Harbour Bridge thanks to BridgeClimb