The Head of the Yarra is one of Australia’s largest domestic rowing event. The regatta, traditionally held on the last Saturday of November, in Melbourne, will this year feature a new category – para-rowing. This year’s event will see the inclusion of the Legs, Trunk and Arms Mixed Coxed Eight into the race program for the event run out of Hawthorn Rowing Club with the support of Rowing Victoria.
Lachlan Nichols, a member of the Head of the Yarra Committee explained why the HoY had elected to add the para-rowing category.
“From humble beginnings the event has grown significantly and it has become an event that all Australian rowers look forward to, regardless of age and skill. Given the popularity and significance of the Head of the Yarra it only seemed fair and just to invite para rowers to compete.
“The Committee has grand ambitions for the para category. First, it is essential that the category further the ambitions of Australian para rowers; however, it is a category that has the potential to capture the attention of para rowers from all around the world.
“The implementation of para category only affirms the Head of the Yarra’s status as a regatta for all rowers,” said Nichols.
The regatta, which is distinctly Melbourne event, is expecting at least one composite LTAMix8+ based on current Rowing Australia classified athletes. RA’s Para-rowing Talent Development coordinator said: “We’d expect at least one crew at this year’s event, based on how many athletes are currently classified, which is a great starting point.
“We expect the entry list will grow in the coming years, not just with Australian based athletes, but with international crews too.”
Rowing Australia’s Senior Para-rowing Coach, Gordon Marcks is delighted to see the Head of the Yarra including a para-rowing event.
“It’s fantastic to have the Head of the Yarra Committee and Rowing Australia working together to provide opportunities for our Para-Rowing athletes to compete in one of the premier rowing activities in Australia. We look forward to seeing the athletes and coaches from around the country getting involved,” said Gordon Marcks