Rowing clubs across Australia advised to suspend operations
Rowing Australia (RA) today confirmed with immediate effect the suspension of operations at the Reinhold Batschi Men’s National Training Centre, in Canberra, and the Hancock Prospecting Women’s National Training Centre, in Penrith.
The decision to suspend training for Australian Rowing Team and the National Training Centre (NTC) athletes is in response to the Federal Government’s new restrictions on the opening of gyms and indoor sporting venues and the announcement from the Australian Olympic Committee, that the International Olympic Committee, with support from the International Paralympic Committee, are considering a number of scenarios around the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, including postponement.
With the suspension of operations at the NTC’s, athletes now have the opportunity to return to their respective home states and territories; while continuing to follow Government restrictions around practicing good hygiene, keeping a healthy physical distance between individuals and self-isolating where required by local State/Territory restrictions.
In addition to this, RA strongly advises all rowing clubs in Australia to suspend operations and that members of our rowing community seek alternative ways of training that comply with Government restrictions.
Rowing Australia CEO, Ian Robson said, “In light of the advice overnight from the Federal Government and tightened restrictions around access to gyms and indoor sporting venues, Rowing Australia has today decided with immediate effect to suspend operations at our two National Training Centres. The health and wellbeing of our athletes, coaches and staff is our main priority during this time.
“We know this decision, along with the IOC and IPC announcements around the potential postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, will be disruptive to our team. However, we also know they are leaders within the community, they will adapt to change and will continue to inspire excellence amongst our rowing community, and beyond, with their behaviours. We will continue to provide support to our athletes, coaches and staff, during these times of uncertainty.
“We are also in regular contact with our State Institutes and Academies of Sport that manage and support our para-rowers and Paralympians. We will continue to support these athletes as this matter continues to develop.
“RA will also regularly maintain contact with our State Pathway Network that delivers our Pathway rowing programs. We continue to discuss with World Rowing (FISA) around the further revision to the 2020 international competition schedule, including the combined 2020 World Rowing Championships (Senior, Under 23 and Junior).”
In regards to rowing club activity more broadly, Mr Robson added, “We strongly advise all rowing clubs, across Australia, to heed the Government restrictions, cease operations and seek alternative ways for members to remain active. Rowing Australia will continue to regularly post details, on its digital channels, of new and creative ways to stay active, during these times, for clubs and rowers of all ages to access.
“We know some members of the community will wish to continue solo training sessions in privately owned single sculls. Those members of the community who choose to do this, should exercise heightened levels of caution when doing so, such as having a training partner join you while still respecting social distancing advice.
“The whole rowing community, including our Olympic, Paralympic, Australian Rowing Team and National Training Centre athletes, have their part to play if we want to slow the spread of COVID-19. We all must implement appropriate social distancing in accordance with new State and Territory laws and to echo the words of the Prime Minister, we need to all do our bit to save lives of other Australians.”