Grafton team members, Peter Alford, Valda Doman, Brenda Schafer and Ian Parker get ready to compete.
Grafton team members, Peter Alford, Valda Doman, Brenda Schafer and Ian Parker get ready to compete.

Masters win ?best? tag

NSW Masters rowing

By TIM HOWARD

sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

THE 2006 NSW Masters Rowing Championships, held in Grafton over the weekend, has won popular acclaim as the best event yet.

Greg Thompson, the president of the Grafton Rowing Club, which hosted the event, said 43 clubs from as away as Townsville, as well as NSW Rowing brass, were delighted with the two days of rowing.

"I was getting around to all the clubs over the weekend to get their feedback and everyone said its been fantastic," Thompson said.

"The president and CEO of NSW Rowing, Stuart Derwin and David Evans, have been here all weekend and also been very pleased with what they've seen."

The approval of Derwin and Evans will be vital to the success of Grafton's plans to stage the event again in four years time.

"Club have got to put in for the event, and then you're checked out to see if you've got all the facilities to do the job," Thompson said.

Thompson said one of the main attractions was the Clarence River itself, which enabled organisers to stage races with seven and eight boats competing at once.

But he was also delighted with public support for rowing over the weekend.

"I was really proud of the Grafton Rowing Club, all the sponsors and the people of Grafton. Together they've made this regatta even better than 2002," Thompson said.

After this performance Thompson is confident Grafton will win the right to hold the regatta again in 2010.

"It's such a big event for the area," he said.

"We've had people staying in Coffs Harbour, Yamba and Woolgoolga, because they could not get accommodation here."

nOfficials are compiling full results from the regatta. They will appear later this week in The Daily Examiner.



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