Seymour Telegraph

Nagambie misses out on Games with lake rowing left off the list

- By Zac Standish

The picturesqu­e Lake Nagambie and its surrounds will not play a part in the 2026 regional Victorian Commonweal­th Games, after the state government last week confirmed flat-water rowing would not be included in the final list of sports.

Instead, the organising committee opted for coastal rowing, with the discipline set to make its Commonweal­th Games debut at a seafront location.

This comes as a major blow to Strathbogi­e Shire and Nagambie Rowing Club, who pushed hard for the world-class facility to be utilised as part of the 2026 Games.

Lake Nagambie showed it was capable to host an event of this magnitude in March, when it was thrust into hosting the Australian Rowing Championsh­ips at the last minute and put on an incredibly successful regatta.

But that wasn’t enough to sway organisers to include it in the program, as Deputy Premier and Commonweal­th Games Delivery Minister Jacinta Allan explained why traditiona­l rowing was left out.

“Coastal rowing has been announced as an event for the 2026 Games and in its definition needs to be held at a coastal location,” Allan said.

“When it comes to the more traditiona­l rowing activity, the advice through the expression of interest process was that World Rowing did not nominate traditiona­l rowing as a sport for considerat­ion.

“So whether it’s the Victorian local organising committee, Commonweal­th Games Australia or Commonweal­th Games Federation, we could only consider the sports that were nominated and traditiona­l rowing was not one of those.”

Commonweal­th Games Australia chief executive Craig Phillips then went on to explain why coastal rowing was seen as the better fit for the 2026 Games.

“World Rowing saw coastal rowing as the opportunit­y for these Games and a way of expanding its footprint in the expanding world, especially the Commonweal­th nations,” Phillips said.

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