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The 2022 Australian Indoor Rowing Championships A VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE

The 2022 Australian Indoor Rowing Championships (AIRC) was held on Saturday 29 October, fully virtually for the first time. The virtual format allowed for rowing clubs, schools, and gyms to create mini-hubs no matter where in the country or the world they are based. The AIRC was held in conjunction with the NZ Indoor Championships, and together both events were officially sanctioned by the Oceania Rowing Confederation and World Rowing as the Oceania Indoor Rowing Championships.

The event saw a number of world records fall, the first going to 95-year-old Allan Cole, setting a new record in the 95-99 age category for 2000m of 9:35min, smashing the previous record by 40 seconds.

After Allan’s heroic demonstration, Helen Pearce from the Richmond Rowing Club broke three Australian records – 500 meters, 1000 meters, and 2000 meters – in the 40 – 49 age category.

Tristian Condon set two new Australian records in the 40 – 49 age Para 1 category, while Kayley Mitchell from Sunshine Coast Indoor Rowing Club put an impressive performance to set three new records – two World and one Australian in the PR3 (PD) 15-16 category – 500 metres, 1000 metres, and 2000 metres respectively.

In the lead up to the AIRC, Anytime Fitness Kwinana sent a message to their competition via social channels, which highlighted their strong training preparation and positive team camaraderie.  Their hard work paid off as Kwinana broke seven AIRC records – six in the relay categories.  The vibe in the club was palpable through the screens on the day.

Commentary was provided on the livestream by two-time Olympic Gold medallist and legendary Kiwi rower, Eric Murray along with Rowing Australia (RA) Chief Operating Officer and dual-Olympian Sarah Cook. Cook commented “The rower is the ultimate indoor machine, providing a whole-body workout without the weight-bearing load of other forms of exercise such as running. We have seen enthusiasm and engagement with the discipline explode over the last couple of years, and technology now allows us to create a vibrant and connected indoor rowing community. On behalf of RA, I would like to congratulate all the competitors and especially our amazing world record-breakers.”

Cook also added, “We would like to thank all our sponsors and partners who supported AIRC 2022.  A huge thanks to the Colgan Foundation, and to Coles who funded a number of school entries through the Start2Row program.  Thank you to our fantastic partner – Bont Rowing – for always being supportive of all RA events, and for providing the prizes for AIRC 2022.”

To view all the results, please click here.