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Tasmania & Western Australia named as new event locations for Australian Nationals & Masters Rowing Championships

Rowing Australia is pleased to announce today a number of locations as part of its multi-year national events strategy. Tasmania and Western Australia are both set to host rowing events over the next seven years, with further venues to be announced in due course.

The State Government of Tasmania, has secured for Lake Barrington to host the May 2020 and 2028 Australian Masters Rowing Championships and the March 2021 Australian National Championships, including the King’s and Queen’s Cups Interstate Regatta.

The hosting of the National Championships in Lake Barrington, will see the event return to Tasmania for the first time since 2009.

Meanwhile, the State Government of Western Australia, has secured the Australian Masters Rowing Championships for May 2022 and 2026 and the Australian National Championships, for March 2023.

The three national events will be held at the Champion Lakes Regatta Centre, a purpose-built water sports facility that is the only international standard rowing venue in Australia outside of Penrith, NSW. It will be the first time since 2012 that the Nationals have been hosted in Perth.

New South Wales will host the 2021 Australian Masters Rowing Championships at the world-class Sydney International Regatta Centre, the exact dates for this event will be announced in due course. Discussions are ongoing about further events in New South Wales.

Rowing Australia Chair, Rob Scott, said “We’re delighted to be able to announce the first series of locations that have been secured as part of our multi-year event strategy. We’re grateful to Rowing WA, Rowing Tasmania and Rowing NSW for their support in securing these great partnerships.

“The rowing community across Australia has expressed a desire to compete at various venues across the country and we’re happy to be able to deliver this via today’s event hosting announcement.

“As part of this fantastic series of partnerships, both the Tasmanian and WA venues will benefit from capital upgrades to ensure they continue to deliver for the local community long past our events. Meanwhile, it is wonderful for us to continue to be able to utilise the Sydney 2000 Olympic legacy venue for rowing.

“We’re excited to share with the community, in the coming months, the future regatta venues of our major events as we finalise these with the various States and Territories. I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank the State Governments of Tasmania, Western Australia and New South Wales for supporting our great sport of rowing.”

The Tasmanian Minister for Events, Sarah Courtney commented, “We’re delighted to be hosting three national events. These events will enhance the 10 domestic rowing events annually staged at Lake Barrington and position Tasmania strongly to attract even more events.

“This investment will both boost rowing at a local level and give Tasmanians the opportunity to see world-class athletes in their home state.”

Western Australia Minister for Tourism, Hon Paul Papalia CSC said, “Attracting mass participation events to WA forms part of the State Government’s strategic objectives for tourism.

“They drive up visitor numbers and spend as well as showcasing the State to new markets.


“These three Championships events will attract thousands of competitors, officials and supporters to WA and provide a multi-million dollar boost to the economy.

“They’ll also have a positive impact on local rowing clubs and programs, making sure the sport remains strong and sustainable in Western Australia.”


Current confirmed Venues and Locations for National Australian rowing events until 2024*


Year Australian National Championships Australian Masters Rowing Championships
2020 Penrith, New South Wales Lake Barrington, Tasmania
2021 Lake Barrington, Tasmania SIRC, New South Wales
2022 To be announced Champion Lakes, Western Australia
2023 Champion Lakes, Western Australia To be announced shortly
2024 To be announced To be announced shortly


* Table does not include 2026 Australian Masters Rowing Championships to be held at Champion Lakes, WA and 2028 Australian Masters Rowing Championships to be held at Lake Barrington, Tasmania.