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Western Sydney secures the return of the Australian Rowing Championships

Penrith to play host for 2022 and 2024 events

Rowing Australia today announced the nation’s best rowers will be returning to Penrith in 2022 and 2024, for the Australian Rowing Championships.

The Australian Rowing Championships combine the Australian Open Rowing Championships, the Australian Open Schools Rowing Championships and the King’s and Queen’s Cups Interstate Regatta.

Rowing Australia Chairman, Rob Scott, said the organisation was pleased to have secured the world-class facility that is the Sydney International Regatta Centre (SIRC), for two events, especially with 2024 being an Olympic and Paralympic year.

“Off the back of the highly successful Aon Australian Rowing Championships, held in Tasmania last week, we’re delighted to announce that Nationals will return to Penrith for 2022 and 2024. This announcement represents the continued support from the NSW Government for Rowing Australia and Australian rowing in general.

“We’re extremely grateful to the NSW Government and Destination NSW for their ongoing commitment to our sport. It is fantastic that our community have confirmation now on event locations through to 2024 for Nationals, and it will be especially wonderful to host a Nationals in 2024, at an Olympic-legacy venue such as SIRC, with the Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in Paris later that year.”

Today’s announcement is part of a long-term event strategy that RA is working on with its Member State Associations to protect and enhance the competitor and spectator experience across our national events. The organisation currently has locations for Nationals now confirmed through to 2024 and will be make future announcement on locations for Australian Masters Rowing Championships in due course.

Minister for Tourism and Western Sydney, and Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres said resecuring the Regatta for two years demonstrates the NSW Government’s continued commitment to ensure a strong line-up of sporting events in Western Sydney.

“This is a win for the people of Western Sydney and I am thrilled Australia’s premier rowing regatta will remain at the home of adrenaline and outdoor adventure in Penrith by hosting the Australian Rowing Championships in 2022 and 2024.

“Events such as the Australian Rowing Championships play a pivotal role in NSW’s Visitor Economy Strategy, which sees participants and spectators flock to Sydney, injecting an economic boost into our city, furthermore, enhancing our city’s reputation as Australia’s premier sporting destination,” Mr Ayres said.

The Australian Rowing Championships features a week-long regatta with the nation’s best rowers competing in over 120 events. This includes the Australian Open Rowing Championships, Australian Open Schools Rowing Championships and the King’s and Queen’s Cups Interstate Regatta where athletes from across the country compete to be crowned the best in the country in their respective boat classes.

The 2022 Australian Rowing Championships will be held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre from 28 March to 3 April 2022, with the 2024 event also set to be held in March at the same venue. The 2022 and 2024 Australian Rowing Championships are supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.