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Rowing championships return to Bucca

Central Queensland School Rowing Championships
St Luke’s Year 12 rower Dayne Mortimer who competed at the national rowing championships in Tasmania earlier this year. Dayne will compete in the upcoming Central Queensland School Rowing Championships. Photo: Solstice Digital

More than 300 rowers will converge on Bundaberg at the end of the month for the Central Queensland School Rowing Championships.

The annual event will have over 100 local competitors pushing themselves to the limit, in the highly anticipated regatta.

Bundaberg Rowing Club, in conjunction with Rowing Queensland, will host the Central Queensland School Rowing Championships at the Bucca rowing facility on the 26-27 June.

Bundaberg Rowing Club secretary Melissa Chapman said high school-aged rowers, and their families, would travel from as far as Townsville and the Sunshine Coast to compete.

Melissa said the Central Queensland School Rowing Championships had been held in the region several times before, and it was perfect as Bucca rowing facility set an even playing field for the rowers.

“The rowing course regularly provides ideal racing conditions, it’s a good course to compete on,” she said.

“We will have six local schools participate, Shalom Collage, St Lukes, Bundaberg High, North Bundaberg High, Gin Gin High and we also have one student from Bundaberg Christian College, that’s over 130 individual school rowers, so a really strong participation level.”

She said it was a fantastic event that not only attracted hundreds of competitors, but also boosted the local economy.

“It’s at the start of the school holidays, so families come and stay in motels, eat in our restaurants and check out other tourist activities while here,” she said.

“It’s definitely good for the local economy.”

Melissa said the community was welcome to head along to watch the championships, and she thanked the volunteers who made it possible. Racing will start at 8am each day.

“Events like this are able to be held because of the support from our members, who volunteer their time, whether it’s in the canteen, during the regatta or setting up the lanes prior to the event,” she said.

To find out more about the Central Queensland School Rowing Championships click here.

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