Big group bends their backs for rowing regatta

ABOUT 100 competitors turned out for the annual Lismore Rowing Club regatta at Coraki yesterday.

It is the biggest event of the year for the Northern Rivers Rowing Association with numbers up from 2012.

Rowers as young as 14 up to the over-60s battled it out in single, double and quad scull events over 500m.

"It's one of the first events of the year so the distance is pretty suitable for everyone," club secretary Peter Wallace said.

"It's a good chance for everyone to get back out there and see where they're at.

"We've got 46 events and numbers are a little bit up from last year with Tweed and Murwillumbah competitors here."

Trinity Catholic College rowers won a number of events with competitors from Grafton and Maclean taking out masters races.

There were several handicap events and a hotly contested open division.

"A lot of people take up rowing when they retire," Wallace said.

"We run a lot of masters events to cater for that.

"Rowing is like any sport, it takes a fair bit of commitment and training."

NSW state championships for rowing take place in February.

"A lot of these guys train most days," Wallace said.

"If not in the water they're in the gym or out running."

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