champlkes05-1.jpeg

The new Champion Lakes Rowing Course was the venue for the 2010 University Games rowing last week ( 28 Sept – 1st October). The last time the University Rowing Championships were held in WA was in 1993 when racing was at Collie Dam. At that time competitors battled high winds and hypothermia.

Now eighteen years later Western Australia has wonderful new purpose built rowing course only about 35 minutes from the CBD. Champion Lakes was formed from sand mining used for the new Tonkin Highway and with additional funding now has a fully operational finish tower and starting system with a fully bouyed 2000 metre course and a return lane that runs the length of the course.

Other facilities include change rooms and offices and soon a new five bay Rowing WA boatshed.

Rowing WA is proud of this course and no doubt as new facilities are completed this will become one of the Australia’s best rowing venues. Sydney Uni Boat Club is looking forward to supporting the 2013 Nationals – hosted by Rowing WA – at this new course.

Our view of Champion Lakes is taken from the finishing tower looking east.