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Newcastle rowers determined to claim unique Gift

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It’s been seven long years since the Newcastle Rowing Club (NRC) held aloft The Gift.

But, its members are determined to wrestle the prestigious silverware back when it hosts the Central Districts Rowing Sprint Championships on Throsby Creek, Carrington, on Sunday 12 December.

In 2021, however, the organisation is opting for experience, with an all-Masters crew vying for the coveted Linwood Throsby Gift Relay – the feature event on the program.

NRC president John McLeod said everyone was looking forward to the 23rd annual regatta.

“It’s certainly one of the most interesting rowing events in the state, conducted over a distinctive three-lane sprint course,” he explained.

“Rowers from Newcastle and the Hunter Valley will compete against athletes travelling from the Mid-North Coast, Central Coast and Sydney.

“The Linwood Throsby Gift Relay is unique within the Australian rowing landscape as it provides a relay experience, rarely witnessed in the sport.

“And, with $1,000 in prizemoney – donated by Anne Sharkey & Associates – along with a historic trophy up for grabs, Newcastle Grammar School/Penrith, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and Newcastle University will battle it out against their rivals on Throsby Creek.”

McLeod, who is heading into his 23rd year as president of NRC, praised City of Newcastle for its support.

“We’re the only inner-city rowing club in Newcastle,” he said.

“So, we enjoy bringing some colour to the creek each year.

“It’s wonderful City of Newcastle, along with sponsorship from Port of Newcastle and several other organisations, get behind our club.

“And, we are very proud to be a part of the Throsby Creek, Linwood and Carrington communities.”

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said council welcomed the opportunity to co-host the annual Central Districts Rowing Sprint Championships in Newcastle.

“We’re proud to support one of the biggest one-day rowing regattas right here [Throsby Creek],” she stated.

“We wish all the competitors travelling from across NSW well, including Newcastle Rowing Club in its bid to make a spectacular comeback.

“City of Newcastle is working to attract more state and national sporting events of this calibre to Newcastle.

“It is great for the region with competitors and their supporters converging on Throsby Creek.”

The 2021 Linwood Throsby Gift Relay and Sprint Regatta will provide an exciting spectacle for the Throsby Creek, Linwood and Carrington precincts, at the end of an unusual year.

The Linwood Throsby Gift Relay final will hit the water at approximately 11.30am.

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