March 15, 2018
World Champions Arrive In Sydney
More than 1,500 rowers from across Australia and around the world will gather in Sydney next week for the 2018 Aon Sydney International Rowing Regatta (SIRR) to be contested at Penrith from 19 to 25 March, 2018.
Held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre – site of the 2Sydney 2000 Olympic rowing, SIRR features a week-long regatta with some of the world’s best rowers competing in over 115 events, including the Australian Open Rowing Championships, Australian Open Schools Rowing Championships and the King’s and Queen’s Cups Interstate Regatta.
This year’s event is set to welcome international rowers from Argentina, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan and Vietnam says Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall.
“Since its inception in 2013, the Sydney International Rowing Regatta has established itself as Australia’s largest rowing event and last year the week-long Regatta delivered $5 million in visitor expenditure to the NSW economy from intrastate, interstate and international travel,” Mr Marshall said.
Headlining the international line-up are Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallists and World Champion rowers, Gary and Paul O’Donovan, along with Irish World Champion teammates Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan. They are part of an Irish contingent who have spent much of the winter training down-under in New Zealand since January.
The Irish quartet, who will be representing Skibbereen Rowing Club, arrived in Sydney on 27 February to prepare for next week’s event, and took time out of their training schedule to explore Sydney from atop the Harbour Bridge.
Olympic silver medallist, Paul O’Donovan said, “It was fantastic to do the famous BridgeClimb and see the unbelievable views of Sydney. It’s our first time in Australia and to climb the iconic Harbour Bridge and see the city was just brilliant.”
“We’ve had a great time here, training daily out on Sydney Harbour and seeing the city from the Parramatta River. In between training, we’ve also been lucky enough to explore a bit of Sydney and taken in its beaches and restaurants. We’re pleased with how our preparation has gone in the lead up to SIRR 2018 and are looking forward to getting out to the Sydney International Regatta Centre to race.”
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