Rowing Australia (RA) today announced that it has had made the difficult decision to cancel the inaugural 2021 Australian Coastal Rowing and Beach Sprints Championships (ACR&BSC) due to the current challenges with COVID-19 in Australia.
The event was to be held on 21 and 22 August at Noosa Main Beach, in Queensland.
RA CEO, Ian Robson said, “It was with great disappointment that we have had to come to this decision, however we wanted to wait until the latest possible time to make the call because of the fast-changing nature of the situation. With continued lack of clarity into when border restrictions may ease, we unfortunately had no choice but to cancel the regatta.”
RA, along with Rowing Queensland and Sykes Racing, reviewed options of a postponement but there was not a suitable time to move the event to where the organisations would have confidence that the regatta could be held.
Ian Holzberger, CEO of Rowing Queensland said “The cancellation of the ACR&BSC Championship is disappointing but reasonable in the current COVID uncertainty. The support from the rowing community, athletes, and volunteers alike for the inaugural championship was outstanding with the event promising to be a significant addition to the Australian rowing calendar. Rowing Queensland is excited in continuing to work Rowing Australia to deliver a fantastic event in 2022.”
Mr Robson added, “We are incredibly grateful for the work and support from Rowing Queensland and Sykes Racing as well as the volunteers who have contributed to the planning of this event.
“We have been delighted with the excitement and positivity of the community to get this inaugural event up and running and while we know this will clearly be disappointing to so many in the rowing community, we look forward to being back next year with the entire country able to compete.”
RA and Rowing Queensland are planning to conduct the event in Noosa in 2022, dates to be confirmed.