The Bucca Weir Rowing Course will host the annual Queensland Schools Championships regatta in 2022 with the location tipped to grow the more than 700 competitor base.
Bundaberg Regional Council secured the high-profile event after entering into a sponsorship agreement with Rowing Queensland.
The competition is expected to attract a number of visitors to the region and is the first time it will be hosted at the Bucca Weir Rowing Course since 2016.
Council’s Sport and Recreation portfolio spokesperson Cr Vince Habermann said the event was a great opportunity to showcase the Bundaberg Region and its sporting facilities to visitors.
“It is fantastic to have secured the Queensland Schools Championships as the regatta showcases that we have the facilities to host high level sporting competitions in the region,” Cr Habermann said.
“We are expecting over 1000 people to visit as part of the competition, with over one million dollars expected to be spent within the local economy.”
And he said Council and Rowing Queensland were already in the planning stages to see the Bucca Weir Rowing Course host future events.
Rowing Queensland Events and Administration Manager Lucy Benjamin said the Bucca Weir Rowing Course was the ideal location to host the Queensland Schools Championships regatta.
“We are excited to see the event return to the Bucca Weir Rowing Course, as it has not been held here since 2016,” Lucy said.
“It is important to Rowing Queensland that this regatta is held in regional Queensland to make it easier for athletes across the state to attend, as well as ensuring there is a major rowing event happening outside of Southeast Queensland each year.
“With the Covid crisis lessening in 2022, we hope to also see the return of interstate and international crews, which had been regularly welcomed at the event in previous years.”
Prior to the recent absence, Bucca Weir had been the regular host of the Queensland Schools Championships since the mid-1990s with the support of Bundaberg Regional Council.
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