Rowing Queensland hosts State Championship Regatta at Lake Wyaralong

Close to 1000 people from across Queensland and northern New South Wales converged on Lake Wyaralong for the State Championship Rowing Regatta from Friday-Sunday.

Rowing Queensland events and communications co-ordinator Lucy Benjamin said despite challenging conditions the elite competition went off without a hitch.

She said athletes had to contend with the heat and a slight headwind which meant racing was relatively slow but that did not detract from what was an otherwise fiercely contested and well-run regatta.

“It was a great regatta,” she said.

“It all went really well.

“It was a bit warm and there was a bit of a breeze but it didn’t storm.”

Ms Benjamin said the event had increased in size, with 100 coaches and at least 300 spectators joining 514 supremely fit rowers on site for the weekend.

She said there were currently 6000 people involved in the sport in Queensland and the state championship saw the best of them battle it out on the water over distances of one kilometre (introductory), 1500 metres (16 years), or two kilometres (Under 17, 19, 21 and Opens).

Races were held in all boat classes and combinations, including single scull, double scull, pairs, quads, fours and eights, with both coxed and coxless crews.

The action will continue at Lake Wyaralong over the next couple of months, with the GPS Rowing season commencing from February 2 and culminating with the prestigious Head of the River Regatta on March 16.

Ms Benjamin said Rowing Queensland would love to see a Scenic Rim Rowing Club form and make use of the world class facilities at Lake Wyaralong.

She said Rowing Queensland ran a training program at McAuley College to encourage the kids to try rowing and would look to promote the sport further in the region.

“They have one of the best facilities in the country right on their door step,” she said.