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New rowing series proves popular

A new rowing series hosted by Shepparton Rowing Club at Nagambie drew good numbers on Sunday and Tim and Will Day finished first and second in the main event.

DAMEN FRANCIS June 19, 2014 3:10am

Australian representatives Tim and Will Day headlined the first event in a new rowing series at Nagambie on Sunday.

The event was hosted by Shepparton Rowing Club, which devised the inaugural series, and drew rowers from Shepparton, Nagambie and Rutherglen.

Nagambie’s Day brothers blitzed the 20-strong field on their home course in the 6km main race.

Tim recorded the fastest time of the day, clocking in at 24min and 40sec, 18sec ahead of Will and almost three minutes ahead of Rutherglen pair Danyon Williams and Jarod Curran in third place.

Nagambie’s Renee Tattersall was the fastest woman, crossing the line in 29:37.

Tim Day said there were a few glitches to be ironed out, but the winter sculling series was a great initiative.

‘‘It was the first time they’ve done it and there were a few issues that need to be fixed, but it was a good learning curve for the organisers,’’ Day said.

‘‘It ran pretty smoothly. There was a bit of a breeze, but it was a nice temperature once you got rowing and everyone finished.

‘‘I personally think it’s a good thing and I like to promote rowing in regional areas. It’s good for rowers to get outside their rowing clubs and experience a friendly, competitive environment.’’

Day said the series gave developing regional rowers a chance to compete and mix with experienced rowers such as he, his brother and Tattersall, and represented a good race-scenario training opportunity for more established competitors.

Shepparton Rowing Club president David Schier said despite popular belief, rowing was a year-round sport and the aim was to provide long-distance racing, predominately in single sculls.

‘‘We aim to run a series of sculling events through to September to give rowers a periodic focus for competition,’’ Schier said.

‘‘The Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre is a tremendous facility and is under-utilised during winter. It is the perfect venue for this event.’’

Scullers competed against the clock across various distances in separate events from 6km to a 1km handicapped event.

Three Shepparton scullers — Hannah Quick, Ella Bertolus and Mandhree Ekanayake — rowed shorter distances.

The next event in the series is July 20.

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