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Get involved in rowing! 

Rowing is a great community sport, driven by committed club administrators and coaches, and provides safe, fun and rewarding experiences for all participants. Rowing is a sport for life, accessible to people of all ages, genders, fitness and skill levels.   

Getting involved in rowing is easy and rewarding, with over 185 schools and 156 clubs offering rowing programs. As well as participating, there are plenty of other opportunities within rowing such as coaching, officiating and development and administration roles in clubs.  

Rowing also provides participants with valuable life skills and fosters an environment which reflects rowing’s traditional values of teamwork, focus, discipline and determination within a club culture that’s friendly and welcoming.  

On-water rowing 

On-water rowing is a sport for everyone; from those who are simply looking for fun, fitness and recreation in a friendly environment, to those who are interested in becoming the best rower they can be.  

There are many different types of on-water rowing events and competitions that you can get involved in around the country! 

Rowing is one of the oldest Olympic sports and Rowing Australia’s vision is for Australia to be the world’s number one rowing nation and Australia’s leading Olympic sport. 

Indoor rowing 

Growing in popularity, indoor rowing has become established as a sport in its own right.  

Indoor rowing competitions and championships are growing in popularity, with events right across Australia. Events cover distances from 500, 1000, 5000, 6000, 10,000, 21097, 42195 meters and times including 1, 4, 30 and 60 minutes in both male and female, lightweight and open categories. Similar to on-water rowing, there are a variety of adaptions that can be made to make indoor rowing accessible for all individuals.  


Para-rowing provides competitors with a physical or intellectual impairment the opportunity to be active on the water, get involved in a fun and friendly club environment, and participate in a variety of competitions from club regattas through to State Championships, National Championships, World Championships and the Paralympic Games. The sport can cater for competitors with a variety of impairments across three sport classes. 

Rowing Australia: working with veterans and their families 

Indoor rowing is one of the most popular sports at the Invictus Games and among the veteran community right around Australia.  

Partnering with VSA, Rowing Australia is working on different initiatives to get veterans and their families rowing, including the annual ANZAC Challenge between Australia and New Zealand. There are also opportunities for veterans to get involved in Rowing Australia’s coaching structures.  

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