These photos were taken by Caitlin Riley. Caitlin is the Women's Junior Captain, Nepean Rowing Club, and also a Year 12 student at St Pauls Grammar. Caitlin had some early morning races in the NSW State Rowing Championships held at Regatta Centre over the weekend, and she took the time to capture the early morning mood of the Regatta Centre and the State Rowing Championships. Caitlin raced in the Championship Schoolgirl Single Sculls and Championship Women's Under 19 Quad Scull. Caitlin narrowly missed out on making it through to the semi-finals at the Rowing State Championships.
Thousands of rowers from around Australia converged on the Regatta Centre over the weekend for the NSW Rowing Championships, the first of many exciting rowing events to hit Penrith in the coming weeks.
NSW Rowing Chief Executive Officer Christian Renford said volunteers worked hard during the championships preparing for the Sydney International Rowing Regatta in March when the World Rowing Cup will come to Australia for the first time.
‘‘It’s a very big deal for the world cup to be coming to Australia,’’ Mr Renford said.
‘‘It’s the first time international rowing will come back to Sydney since the 2000 Olympics.’’
The event is expected to bring thousands of visitors to the local Penrith community which will boost the economy.
Mr Renford said he is confident in Penrith hosting the world cup as it is home to one of the best rowing courses in the world.
‘‘Penrith and the Regatta centre will be absolutely fantastic hosts for the world cup,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ve got a lot of experience with our NSW volunteers and our rowing Australia volunteers and we will definitely be showing rowing in the best light.’’