Tough test: University of Queensland rowers give it their all in the 2009 Head of the Tweed.
Tough test: University of Queensland rowers give it their all in the 2009 Head of the Tweed. Larissa Nicholson

Rowers ready for endurance test

THE Head of the Tweed Rowing event is one of the toughest half-marathon contests around.

When entrants take to the Tweed River this Sunday, they will learn that endurance is patience concentrated.

A fleet of about 500 participants will power their shells through the 21 kilometre course from Chinderah south-bound to Murwillumbah Rowing Club.

The third annual event includes a variety of crafts such as a new class of FISA coastal rowing boats – used for touring and off-shore rowing and popular in Europe, dragon boats, old tub – traditional rowing boat and single, quad and eights rowing boats.

Murwillumbah Rowing Club president Tim Rose said the event had really hit a sweet spot with other clubs and entrants were drawn from a large area.

“We have people coming from as far south as Black Mountain Rowing Club – Canberra and up to North Queensland with The Cathedral School from Townsville coming,” he said.

“The Townsville crew arrived on Wednesday for a rowing camp and to train but I think it will definitely be a highlight of their week.

“There is also a strong contingent coming from Tweed Heads Rowing Club as well.”

Yesterday 390 rowers had signed on and more than 80 dragon boat paddlers will make take part, including a Coffs Harbour team to compete against Mt Warning Dragon Boat Club. Rose said the event was well supported by young local rowers also with 21 local juniors entering.

After the race there will be entertainment at Murwillumbah Rowing Club with a barbeque, band ‘The Whopping Big Band' and New South Wales Rowing president Norma Perry conducting a prize draw.

All the action starts at Chinderah from 8am, starting with the Dragon Boats and all other boats will roll out from 8.30am, commencing with single skulls.



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