Tuesday, June 5th, 2012
Tasmania's rowers will soon be training in a modern state-of-the-art facility following the announcement of a new Centre for Rowing Education in New Town Bay, Hobart.

Minister for Sport Kate Lundy today announced the Gillard Government will deliver $2.5 million in funding to the Hobart City Council and Buckingham Rowing Club to build a modern training facility to boost participation and support elite athlete development.

The project will bring together a group of educational and sporting institutions including the Tasmanian Institute of Sport, the Tasmanian University Union, the Buckingham Rowing Club and colleges - Guilford Young, St Mary's and St Virgil's - to support excellence in rowing in Tasmania.

Senator Lundy said the New Town Bay Centre for Rowing Education will encourage more people to take up rowing as a sport and assist high performance rowers to reach their potential.

"Rowing is a fantastic sport and this new centre will hopefully encourage more Tasmanians to get involved at a recreational or elite level," Senator Lundy said.

"The Gillard Government is investing in building great facilities like this new centre to help our elite athletes reach their full potential and boost grassroots participation in sport."

The New Town Bay Centre for Rowing Education will teach rowing and feature:

a multipurpose hall
a gymnasium
facilities for community programs
disabled facilities
enhancements to the foreshore; and
kitchen and dining areas.

Labor Senator for Tasmania, Carol Brown, welcomed the funding annoucement and said the centre will be a popular, well utilised complex for current and future generations of rowers.

"Tasmania has a proud history of producing great rowers dating back to 1912 when Cecil McVilly became Tasmania's first rower to shine on the world stage at the Olympic Games in Stockholm," Senator Brown said.

"Modern community facilities are central to increasing participation and excellence in sport and this new centre will ensure rowing continues to have a bright future in the Apple Isle."

Minister for Sport Kate Lundy encouraged Tasmanians to embrace the new centre said the facility would address the needs of rowers, coaches, volunteers and supporters.

"Sport is a powerful platform for inclusion and I encourage everyone to try rowing or another sport to keep active, get involved and make new friends," Senator Lundy said.

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Centre for Rowing Education Hobart, Minister for Sport Kate Lundy



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