Another Sporting Boost For Regional Victoria

Another Sporting Boost For Regional Victoria

Victoria Minister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher

Victoria Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty

World Rowing Event Another Oarsome Result For Regional Victoria

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher and Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty welcomed the announcement Victoria had secured the right to host the 2014 FISA World Masters Rowing Regatta in Ballarat.

Ms. Asher said rowing’s international governing body FISA (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Aviron) announced last night that Ballarat would host the event at Lake Wendouree in Ballarat in 2014.

“The 2014 FISA World Masters Rowing Regatta great win for Ballarat and regional Victoria will add to the state’s award winning major events calendar, along with other recent events including the world snooker Australian Goldfields Open in Bendigo.” Ms. Asher said.

“The event will showcase our beautiful and historic Goldfields region to thousands of international competitors and spectators who will once again return to Ballarat’s Lake Wendouree, host of the 1956 Olympic Games rowing regatta.” Ms. Asher said.

The 2014 FISA World Rowing Masters Regatta will attract approximately 2,800 participants over four days of competition, providing a strong tourism boost for the region, and an estimated economic benefit of $3.8 Million.

“The Coalition Government is committed to attracting quality major events to Victoria. Major events play an important part in driving tourism, investment attraction as well as contributing to the vibrancy and liveability of the state.” Ms. Asher said.

Ms. Asher said the event would also add to Ballarat’s impressive line-up of sporting and cultural events such as the current Ballarat International Foto Biennale, the Ballarat Begonia Festival, Mars Cycling Australia Open Road National Championships and the Jayco Herald Sun Tour.

Mr. Delahunty said the event was a great win for the state’s enthusiastic rowing community and would have flow-on benefits to local sporting groups by significantly profiling the sport.

“Rowing is a popular sport in Victoria, and our state’s numerous Olympic and World Champions are testament to this.” Mr. Delahunty said.

“We look forward to welcoming participants from around the world to Ballarat to enjoy Lake Wendouree’s facilities and all of the great attractions the city has to offer.” Mr. Delahunty said.

City of Ballarat Mayor Cr. Craig Fletcher said the event completes a trifecta of major rowing events for Lake Wendouree, with Ballarat having secured state, national and now world masters rowing competitions.

“By bringing thousands of international visitors to Ballarat, the 2014 World Masters will bring a huge economic boost to the city.” Cr. Fletcher said.

FISA President Denis Oswald said the whole masters rowing community was extremely pleased to be bringing the world masters regatta to Ballarat.

“It’s a venue with a great tradition for rowing backed up by the whole community of a vibrant and developing regional city. Victoria is recognised around the world for its major events and we are confident our friends ‘down under’ will deliver an outstanding masters regatta.” Mr. Oswald said.

Rowing Australia (RA) President Colin Smith said that RA was delighted to have been awarded the 2014 FISA World Rowing Masters Regatta.

“Lake Wendouree in Ballarat is a world class facility hosting high level rowing events, playing host to the 1956 Melbourne Olympics rowing regatta, as well as various Kings Cup, Victorian Rowing Championships, National Rowing Regattas and the 2002 World Masters Games rowing event.”

“Together with our partners the Victoria Government, through the Victorian Major Events Company, the City of Ballarat, Rowing Australia and Rowing Victoria, look forward to hosting an extremely successful masters regatta.” Mr. Smith said.

VIC Minister for Sport & Recreation Hugh Delahunty

VIC Minister for Sport & Recreation Hugh Delahunty