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Penrith to host world rowing event

NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events, George Souris, together with the Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres today announced Sydney has secured the opening round of the prestigious Samsung World Rowing Cup in 2013 and 2014 to be staged at Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith, a legacy venue of the Sydney 2000 Games.

Mr Souris said securing the opening round of this world class event in both 2013 and 2014 was yet another major event coup for Sydney and NSW.

“This event confirms Western Sydney as the home of elite rowing in Australia. Our Olympic facilities ensure we remain Australia’s global city of choice for sports such as rowing.

“This will be the first time the event has been held in the Southern Hemisphere and only the second time outside of Europe,” he said.

Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres, said he was excited and proud that another major event would be held in Sydney’s Greater West.

“The Premier made a pledge to bring more major events to Western Sydney and this announcement delivers on that pledge.

“We are bringing another major Olympic sport to Western Sydney and that is fantastic news for Penrith and Western Sydney.

“As a legacy from the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, the Sydney International Regatta Centre offers competitors world class training and racing facilities.

“Rowing has a strong international following and the eyes of the rowing world will be on Penrith during the event.

“The Samsung World Rowing Cup will attract visitors from overseas and interstate with teams expected to stay in Western Sydney, bringing direct economic benefits to the local community,” Mr Ayres said.

Rowing Australia President Colin Smith said it was a delight to work with the team at Destination NSW to secure this event for Sydney and NSW.

“The Sydney International Regatta Centre at Penrith Lakes is without question one of the best rowing courses in the world.

“‘The World Rowing Cup events will bring some 800 athletes, officials and media and from across the globe, staying up to 21 days. Tens of thousands of spectators are also expected.

“The event will comprise all Olympic Games classes of boats and we will be inviting all rowing medallists from the London 2012 Olympic Games,” Mr Smith said.

Mr Souris said Rowing Australia and Destination NSW have worked hard to get this event over the line.

“The NSW Government is thrilled to support an event which boosts the economy and generates interstate and international visitors.

“This is an exciting addition to the NSW Events Calendar, further enhancing our reputation as Australia’s global city.

“Having established Destination NSW, we aim to uphold our position as the number one tourism and events city in Australia. Bringing international sporting events such as the Samsung World Rowing Cup is a crucial part of our strategy,” Mr Souris said.

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