Eton Dorney Lake to host another high profile rowing event
Dan Whiteway • Published 20 Aug 2012 13:00 0 Comments
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FOLLOWING the successful hosting of the Olympic rowing events, Eton Dorney Lake has been awarded the right to host another prestigious event.
The venue will host one of the three regattas of the 2013 Rowing World Cup it was announced on Friday at the annual meeting of the sports governing body FISA.
The regatta will run from Friday, June 21 to Sunday, June 23 2013 to give spectators another chance to see the best rowers in the world competing.
Hugh Robertson, sports and Olympics minister, said: "Rowing was one of the stand out successes of the London 2012 Olympics. Hosting a 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup regatta will enable the sport to keep up this momentum and give our top rowers another chance to shine in front of a home crowd."
The Lake played host to Team GB's most successful Olympic regatta of all time from Saturday, July 28 to Saturday, August 4 as the team notched four gold, two silver and three bronze medals.
The 'Dorney roar' became one of the defining sounds of the Games and Di Ellis, chairman of British Rowing, hopes that the atmosphere can be recreated at the World Cup.
The chairman said: "Hosting a World Cup in 2013 at Eton Dorney will give rowing the perfect opportunity to rekindle the magical atmosphere we enjoyed at the Olympic Games."
The regatta at Eton Dorney Lake will be the second of the 2013 series with the first to be held in Sydney, Australia and the third in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Eton Dorney Lake staged the first regatta of the 2005 World Cup and the event in 2013 will be only the second time the United Kingdom has hosted a regatta of the competition.
This article appeared in Royal Borough Observer 20 Aug 12