Minister for Sport and Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres today announced a brand new Rowing Australia Women’s National Training Centre will be based on the Nepean River in Penrith.
“The stunning Nepean River is one of the best stretches of training water in the country has been selected over waterways across Australia as the preferred location for this exciting new training facility,” Mr Ayres said.
“This is a massive win for the Penrith community, a brand new facility will be established including a boathouse to accommodate a full fleet, a dedicated onsite Strength and Conditioning area plus amenities for athletes and coaches.
“The NSW Government has committed $200,000 toward the facility with further funding matched from Rowing Australia.
“The project also includes a Federal Government commitment of $270,000 towards a new landing on the Nepean River also available for use by the wider rowing community.
“The NSW Government is committed to working with in the creation of this first stage of the facility and to providing female rowers from across the country a professional pathway to reach the highest level of their sport.
“This facility will be the first step in ensuring Penrith is the number one choice for female athletes from elite level through to underage.”
Mayor of Penrith Councillor John Thain said Council also welcomed the announcement the Nepean River will play host to Australia’s rowing elite training facility.
“Council will work closely with Rowing Australia through the development application process to help ensure the best positioning and amenity of the structure for the greater benefit of users, other rowing organisations and wider community.”
The first stage of the Women’s National Training Centre will be operational no later than January 2017 able to accommodate up to 50 elite female rowers.