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Western Sydney secures 2020 Aon Sydney International Rowing Regatta

Rowing Australia today announced that the nation’s best rowers will be returning to Penrith, in 2020, for the Aon Sydney International Rowing Regatta.

The Aon Sydney International Rowing Regatta combines the Australian Open Rowing Championships, Australian Open Schools Rowing Championships and the King’s and Queen’s Cups Interstate Regatta.

Rowing Australia Chairman, Rob Scott said he was delighted for the event to continue to utilise the world-class facility of the Sydney International Regatta Centre, a legacy venue from the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, especially in the lead up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“Today’s announcement represents the continued support from the NSW Government for Rowing Australia and Australian rowing in general. With SIRR 2019 just a few weeks away, I would like to extend my gratitude to the NSW Government and Destination NSW for their ongoing commitment to our sport.

“We’re thrilled that the 2020 event will be hosted in Penrith and our 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls will be able to race, alongside the Schools Championships, on the superb course in Penrith. We look forward to welcoming the rowing community to Penrith next month and next year.

This announcement is part of a long-term event strategy that RA is working on with its Member State Associations to protect and enhance the competitor and spectator experience across our national events.  RA looks forward to future announcements in this space, including the venue for 2020 Australian Masters Rowing Championships in due course.

Minister for Western Sydney, Minister for Sport and Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres said re-securing the Regatta demonstrates the NSW Government’s commitment to ensuring a stellar line-up of sporting events in Western Sydney.

“This is a win for the people of Western Sydney and I am thrilled Australia’s premier rowing event will remain at the home of adrenaline and outdoor adventure in Penrith next year,” Mr Ayres said.

“Over the last six years the event has attracted more than 100,000 attendees from around Australia and across the globe and generated tens of millions of dollars in overnight visitor expenditure for the State.

“We look forward to welcoming the Australian Rowing community to Penrith in March and right through to 2020.”

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said, “We know that sporting events like the Sydney International Rowing Regatta brings not only competitors but officials, coaches, volunteers and spectators to our city, putting heads on beds and filling our local shops – proof of the importance of major events in supporting our tourism industry and the economy.”

The Sydney International Rowing Regatta features a week-long regatta with the nation’s best rowers competing in over 100 events. This includes the Australian Open Rowing Championships, Australian Open Schools Rowing Championships and the King’s and Queen’s Cups Interstate Regatta where athletes from across the country compete to be crowned the best in the country in their respective boat classes.

The Sydney International Rowing Regatta is supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

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