Wyaralong secures major regatta

Members of the Australian Olympic Rowing Team training at Wyaralong in 2021. Photo by Keer Moriarty.
Members of the Australian Olympic Rowing Team training at Wyaralong in 2021. Photo by Keer Moriarty.

Wyaralong Dam will play host to the state’s best rowers and all their supporters after the region secured the 2022 Queensland Grade Championship Rowing Regatta.

The regatta, set for 3 – 4 December, is being spruiked as an event that will reinvigorate the local economy.

The Scenic Rim Regional Council and Rowing Queensland received $50,000 from the Regional Sports Events Fund, supported by the Australian Sports Commission, towards delivering the event.

Mayor Greg Christensen said Council was excited Rowing Queensland would be delivering the event in the Scenic Rim.

“This is a unique opportunity for the community to reconnect and celebrate through sport,” he said.

“Hosting an event of this scale is also hugely beneficial to reinvigorating our local economy after a challenging two years. Our fantastic hospitality and tourism providers will be thrilled to host the influx of visitors this event will bring.

“Lake Wyaralong has also been identified as one of the venues for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games that will feature rowing and sprint canoeing events, demonstrating the region’s potential to host world-class sporting events.”

Rowing Queensland CEO Ian Holzberger says the Grade Championship Regatta was a big opportunity for rowers from across Queensland. 

“It allows for athletes currently coming through our performance pathways to race against those of a like ability, gaining great competition experience before moving onto Rowing Queensland’s State Championship Regatta in January 2023,” he said.

“Rowing Queensland has found a home in the Scenic Rim in recent years with the development of our State Rowing Centre at Lake Wyaralong, but with the announcement that Wyaralong will be the location for the 2023 Olympic Flatwater Course, it makes every event there that little bit more special.

“We look forward to continuing to work with Scenic Rim Regional Council to provide the best regatta offerings possible and showcase to our community the best the region has to offer.”

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