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Coastal Rowing and Beach Sprints CWG 2026 Bid

With the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games having just concluded, we look ahead to the 2026 Commonwealth Games (CG2026) with the hosting rights awarded by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) to the State of Victoria across four Regional Hubs. The CG2026, a multi-sport event for members of the Commonwealth, will take place between 17 to 29 March 2026.

An initial 16 sports have been confirmed in the sport program of CG2026. The Commonwealth Games Australia (CGA) and the Victorian Government have requested sports seeking an opportunity to be part of the CG2026 sport program, with up to five additional spots available, to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for inclusion in the Games – making it a competitive process. Consideration of the EOI’s submitted will be made against universality of participation, consumer and commercial appeal and alignment with CGF Values, among other key criteria.

Today (19 August) World Rowing, with the support and endorsement of Rowing Australia and Rowing Victoria, were pleased to submit an EOI for the inclusion of Coastal Rowing (Beach Sprints format) into the CG2026. If successful, this would reintroduce rowing into the Commonwealth Games after an absence of 40 years, in an exciting new format, that is growing strongly with broad appeal and accessibility to all Commonwealth Nations.

This decision for the submission of Coastal Rowing/Beach Sprints has followed a long process of engagement with various stakeholders both in Australia and internationally and has been endorsed by the Commonwealth Rowing Association and Rowing Australia Council members.

Rowing Australia CEO, Ian Robson said, “The EOI for Coastal Rowing/Beach Sprints is a result of many years of work by World Rowing to bring Rowing back into the Commonwealth Games. It is a unique opportunity for Victoria and Australia to showcase this exciting new format, that will unquestionably build a strong legacy for Australian rowers given the strong prospects for the inclusion of Coastal Rowing/Beach Sprints in the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games, Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games and beyond.”

Robson continued: “This is a format that plays to Australia’s strengths in rowing and celebrates our amazing coastline and water ways. The Beach Sprint format will provide gender equality and Para athlete inclusivity and we expect many existing and new rowers to embrace this opportunity. It also provides an opportunity for deeper engagement and competition with athletes from our Oceania and Asian neighbours, and further afield to the Caribbean and African countries, who will be keen to represent their nations at the 2026 Commonwealth Games”.

The Coastal Rowing and Beach Sprints format is growing globally, with the first Australian Coastal Rowing and Beach Sprints Championships currently taking place in Noosa, Queensland and has recently been included in the 2023 World Beach Games in Bali and the 2026 Youth Olympic Games in Dakar.

All sports who are submitting an EOI for inclusion in the CG2026 have been advised to anticipate a decision by then end of September 2022.