Masters hit their stride on the water

Masters hit their stride on the water

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Western Australian women’s masters coxed eight finished second at this year's Australian Masters Rowing Championships. Photograph - Aaron Van Rongen.

Perfect weather teamed with plenty of competitive spirit combined to make this year’s Australian Masters Rowing Championships an enormous success. 

Teams from across Australia travelled to Champion Lakes Regatta Centre from May 22 to 25 to take part in the jam-packed racing schedule. 

Rowing WA chief executive Dan Tackenberg said the feedback from participants, coaches, vendors and administrators had all been positive. 

“The atmosphere was the best I have ever seen at Champion Lakes,” he said. 

“The island was full of boats, trailers, people, vendors and food trucks providing a great atmosphere during the regatta.” 

Mr Tackenberg said many people supported the competitors from the sidelines each day. 

“Some of the racing highlights were the club eights on Wednesday afternoon, the champion of champions single scull on Saturday afternoon and the interstate races on Friday afternoon where WA won a silver medal in the women’s eight, narrowly missing first place by less than one second,” he said.

The event was live-streamed on Rowing WA’s Facebook page, which included drone footage of the four days of competition. 

Rowing WA and Rowing Australia is in talks with Tourism WA about the Australian Masters Rowing Championships and Australian Rowing Championships returning to WA in the future. 

Photographs – Aaron Van Rongen.