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 Christian Renford said volunteers worked hard during the championships to prepare for the Sydney International Rowing Regatta next month 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 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."