The Clarence River continues to draw interest from championship rowing crews.
The Clarence River continues to draw interest from championship rowing crews.

Clarence attracts rowers

By TONY WHITE

GRAFTON Rowing Club has won the right to host next year's NSW Masters Rowing Championships on the Clarence River.

The prestigious titles are expected to attract more than 400 competitors from upwards of 40 rowing clubs and hundreds of auxilary staff, family members and supporters.

"It's great news for the club and Grafton," GRC president Greg Thompson said. "We've been chasing it for the past two years."

GRC last hosted the NSW Masters Rowing Championships in 2002 and were awarded the Best Regatta in NSW by the NSW Rowing Association.

The championships will be conducted on May 5-6 next year.

On October 16 this year the GRC will also host another addition to its bulging calendar with the staging of the Northern Rivers Association Age Championships.

And this year's schools Head of the River regatta and GRC regatta on December 10-11 promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Following the success of previous Head of the River carnivals, several teams from New Zealand have confirmed they will take part this year.

Last week the GRC returned all office-bearers for another term, headed by president Thompson and club captain Ken Maughan, who are in their 18th term.

Vice-presidents are Dennis Darke and Julie Tunsted, secretary, Rhonda Austin and assistant Kerryn Darke, treasurer, Don Nole and assistant Peter Alford and vice-captain, Michael Collins.



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