Rowing ACT Head of the Lake & ACT Championship Cancellation

The Rowing ACT Board met this evening following a Rowing Australia meeting, where advice was provided by RA’s Chief Medical Officer to the states and the national sporting organisation.

Following this meeting, Rowing ACT has come to the difficult decision to cancel the Head of the Lake and ACT Championships regattas that were to be conducted on March 14-15.

This decision has been very difficult to make in light of the rapidly changing events associated with the coronavirus and the commitment that so many of our athletes have made in preparation over many months.

The Rowing ACT Board acknowledges our civic responsibility to enforce social distancing which, together with hygiene practices, is the best way to tackle the transmission of the virus. This decision was not made lightly, nor is this the position we expected to be in today, but the health and safety of our community is paramount.

We would like to acknowledge the efforts of our local schools and clubs in helping organising these two regattas and to those volunteers who were willing to put in their spare time towards making this event a success. We also appreciate the effort taken by interstate schools who were due to attend and compete in these regattas – we look forward to having you back down in Canberra for future Rowing ACT regattas.

We ask that schools are mindful of using minimal people with regards to pack-up. We recommend that coaches only are present in the boat park for loading of equipment.