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The AIRC 2020 goes global

Thank you to everyone who competed in the 2020 Australian Indoor Rowing Championships (#AIRC20)this yearwe had over a thousand competitors, and amongst them were over 100 participants from across the globe. We were delighted to see so many of our indoor rowing community engaged and involved, either physically at an event centre or joining us virtually. 

This year we had an increase in entries and we hope this number continues to grow as our sport continues to develop – the ergo really is for everyone. We are pleased to let our community know that we are currently awaiting confirmation and verification, from Concept 2, on 13 possible Australian records and 12 possible World Records. We will update you all across our social media channels once we have these confirmed. 

2020 has been incredibly challenging for many the world over, and we’re proud that our indoor rowing events have given many the opportunity to work towards a fitness or competition goal. 

There are many success stories, from across Australia and the world, that we would love to share from the #AIRC20 this year, however, there is one story from the UK that we particularly wanted to highlight.  

Johnny Luk, based in London, United Kingdom, has always wanted to compete in the #AIRC20 but being on the other side of the world, there have been a few challenges to overcome! That said, until he heard that this year’s event was going virtual 

When Luk decided to compete in the virtual event, it provided him with a specific goal, something to work towards, and thus building some structure into his life in lockdown. The planned event not only helped with his physical health, but also his mental health and wellbeing 

Being in the UK, it meant that Luk’s race time was 4am local time, and while RA did offer him with some flexibility in time, he decided to race with everyone else in Australia 

“On the day, I didn’t sleep at all, I was fatigued but felt relief when I made weight at 2am and by 4am, as I stared at the monitor, in my first ever virtual rowing race, the agony of ensuring my WIFI stayed stable was almost as bad as the race itself. Then I saw ‘go’ and I sprinted. The sheer surge of adrenaline, even in the dead of night, was thrilling. I had no race plan and was exhausted by halfway but kept the rate up and finished with a time of 1/31/7, winning a silver medal,” said Luk 

Luk said that having this race, and indoor rowing in general, has helped him enormously during the pandemic, it provided him with focus, energy and optimism in a time that he was lacking in all three. However, most importantly, he has fallen in love with rowing again, a sport that he drifted away from due the pressures of life.  

Indoor rowing is growing, a sport that is already accessible to so many is only going to become available to more now that we are able to compete virtual. Exciting things are coming in our sport!  

We would love to hear more stories from our #AIRC20 participants this year, please send them to[email protected]