Rowing ACT Update March 18

Over the last week the Rowing ACT Board has met regularly to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and our response to it. Taking guidance from the Federal and ACT Governments, as well as Rowing Australia as the national sporting body, Rowing ACT is taking measures that are both scalable and sustainable for potential interruptions of six months or more.

Following Rowing Australia’s decision to cancel the 2020 Sydney International Rowing Regatta and the 2020 Australian Masters Rowing Championships, Rowing ACT has made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of the 2019/20 regatta season. This means that the ACT Masters Championships scheduled for April 4 has been cancelled. Rowing ACT will conduct a forensic audit on the 2019/20 point-score competition and will announce the women’s, men’s and overall winners in due course. The Regatta Sub-Committee will be asked to conduct a full review of the 2019/20 season with the view to developing and further improving the 2020/21 summer season. The Regatta Sub-Committee will also be asked to explore innovative ways to deliver rowing competition over the next six months given the constrained environments we are living with.

Rowing ACT is monitoring developments around the COVID-19 pandemic and how that might affect our 2020 winter season. At this point the Winter Time Trial series will still run from May until September. We will be seeking your interest in a time trial event in April that would not be part of the Winter Time Trial series, but, if there is community interest, may be put in place to make up for the loss of other events at the end of the 2019/20 season.

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we navigate these troubled waters and hope that you all stay safe.