Entries Open: Monday 11 January 2021
Entries Close: 11:59pm AEDT Monday 8 March 2021
Withdrawals without Penalty: 11:59pm AEDT Thursday 11 March 2021
Entry Fee Payments: 11:59pm AEDT Tuesday 16 March 2021
Boat Park open for trailer arrivals: TBC
Training Commences: TBC
Racing Begins: Monday 22 March 2021
Sport Integrity Australia is likely to conduct drug testing at the 2021 Australian Rowing Championships.
It is the responsibility of each competitor to know and understand their responsibility in regard to Anti-Doping. Competitors and coaches are urged to take note of the current Sport Integrity Australia regulations in respect of banned substances for therapeutic use and act accordingly in achieving exemptions as required – https://www.sportintegrity.gov.au/resources/check-your-substances-global-dro.
Athletes and Coaches are advised that WADA will release the 2021 Prohibited List, which comes into effect on 1 January 2021.
The new list can be viewed here – https://www.wada-ama.org/en/resources/science-medicine/prohibited-list-documents
Finally, SIA have updated their online education platform for anti-doping. We strongly encourage coaches, athletes, parents and support staff to undertake the online courses available.
They can be found here – https://www.sportintegrity.gov.au/resources/education
Athlete and Coach Accreditation
Information on Athlete and Coach Accreditation can be found here
Boat Trailer Access
Trailer access details are to be confirmed, check back here soon.
Conditions of Entry
The following conditions of entry apply to all entrants:
Competitors agree that they may be filmed and/or photographed during racing which may be published online.
Competitors must be to swim for 50 metres and tread water unaided for 3 minutes.
• Competitors will be liable for any costs for ambulance transport required as a result of sickness/injury at the event
• Competitors must have their emergency contact details listed in Rowing Manager, or these must be held by their team manager at the event.
The following conditions of entry apply to the Australian Open Schools Rowing Championships:
• School events are restricted to crews consisting of representatives from one school only.
• No more than 64 entries will be accepted into any one event
• No more than 3 entries will be accepted from any one school in an individual event. Any entries over these amounts shall be placed on a waiting list; after the close of entries crews on the waiting list may be added as appropriate from the waiting list at the discretion of the regatta organisers.
The following conditions of entry apply to the Australian Open Rowing Championships:
• Under 21 and Club events are restricted to crews consisting of representatives of one club or school only with the exception of the Under 21 2- in which composite crews are permitted.
• Athletes entering in Club events must not have been a member of a National Senior A or Under 23 team in the previous year, and must not be nominated for national team selection in a Senior A or Under 23 crew as at the 31 January 2021
• No more than 64 entries will be accepted into any one event
• No more than four entries will be accepted from any one club/school in an individual event. Any entries over these amounts shall be placed on a waiting list; after the close of entries crews on the waiting list may be added as appropriate from the waiting list at the discretion of the regatta organisers.
The following conditions of entry apply to the King’s & Queen’s Cups Interstate Regatta:
• Interstate events shall be open to competitors who are citizens of Australia or who have been a resident in the State or Territory of Australia for which they intend to compete for a continuous period of not less than 12 months prior to the close of entries. Athletes must compete for their state of origin unless an interstate transfer has been completed in accordance with the RA Rules. Each State Association is entitled to enter one crew into each Interstate event.
• State Associations wishing to lodge Interstate transfer requests must do so by 31 January 2021.
Please email [email protected] to lodge requests.
Eligibility to Compete
Entry into the 2021 Australian Open Rowing Championships and Australian Open Schools Rowing Championships is open to all competitors who are authorised to compete by their affiliated Member Association and who are eligible under the Rowing Australia Rules and By-laws of Racing.
A School competitor is one who qualifies as Under 21 (Youth) under the provisions of the RA rules and is attending a secondary school as a full time day student. Entrants in the Australian Open Schools Rowing Championships must represent their school.
A University competitor is one who qualifies as a University Competitor according to the Australian University Sport Guidelines. For the avoidance of doubt, a competitor may represent their university in a university event even if they might otherwise be a competitive member of another club.
Overseas crews are welcome to compete in the Australian Open Rowing Championships.
School crews from overseas may compete in the Australian Open Schools Rowing Championships.
A rower or coxswain’s age shall be taken at 31 December 2021. As an example, a rower or coxswain shall be classified as an Under 21 (Youth) rower until 31 December of the year in which the rower reaches the age of 20.
For para rowers to be eligible to compete, athletes must be formally classified by a full RA or FISA Classification Panel and be granted an eligible sport class, and a national or international sport class status. Athletes who do not have a national or international sport class status, or have been given a sport class status of ineligible, are not eligible to compete at the Australian Open Rowing Championships. Classification assessments are not conducted at the Australian Rowing Championships. Classification assessments for physical impairment are conducted prior to NSW Championships in February and anyone seeking classification and/or further detail should contact: Gordon Marcks, Head Coach Para-Rowing [email protected]
The cost to enter the Australian Open and Australian Open Schools Championships is $55.00 (incl. GST) per seat (including coxswains).
The cost to enter the 500m Sprint events is $11.00 (incl. GST) per seat.
All entries for the Australian Open, Australian Open Schools Rowing Championships and Interstate Regatta must be made through Rowing Manager www.rowingmanager.com.
All Australian clubs have access to Rowing Manager for entry purposes, International entrants should contact Alice Evans [email protected]
Entries to the Interstate Regatta must be made via Rowing Manager and is open to State and Territory Associations only.
Details regarding car parking will be available here later in 2020.
Race for Lanes
Rowing Australia does not intend to run “race for lanes” for events that attract 8 or less entries at the 2021 regatta with the exception of Under 19 and School Events and events that are being used for selection purposes.
In Under 19 and School events that attract 8 entries or less, a non-compulsory race for lanes will be conducted.
In events used for selection purposes (U21 1x, U21 LW 1x, U21 2-, U23 1x, U23 LW 1x, U23 2x, U23 LW 2x, U23 2-, U23 LW 2-), a compulsory race for lanes will be conducted, where 8 entries or less are received.
In the remaining U17 (club), U21 and U23 and in Open and Para events, where 8 or less entries are received, competitors will proceed directly to a final.
Rules of Racing
The 2021 Australian Rowing Championships will be conducted in accordance with the Rowing Australia Rules of Racing and Related By-laws. The current version of the rules, including a summary of the changes, can be found on the Rowing Australia website
Information regarding tent sites can be found here
Details regarding training will be available here later in 2020
Weighing - Athlete
Test weighing scales for coxswains and lightweight rowers will be available from 9:00am AEDT on Sunday 21 March.
The minimum weight for a coxswain (wearing racing uniform) is 55kg for all coxswains.
The weighing scales shall indicate the weight of the coxswain to 0.1 kg. Coxswains shall be weighed wearing racing uniform not less than one hour and not more than twenty-four hours before their first race at the regatta.
A coxswain who has weighed in for their first day of competition can carry this weight forward for this event and other events where this minimum weight is applicable.
Information on Ticket Sales can be found here
Weighing - Boat
It is the responsibility of the crew to ensure that their boat is on weight in accordance with the Rowing Australia Rules of Racing.
Random checks of boat weight will be carried out at any time during competition.
Scales will be available from 9:00am AEDT on Sunday 21 March 2021