2011 World Rowing Masters concludes in Poland
The 2011 World Rowing Masters Regatta drew to a close on Sunday 11 September, with rowers of up to 92 years old taking to the water in Poznan, Poland.
Masters rowers – who must be aged over 27 and not competing internationally – gathered from 37 different countries to contest over 400 races, on four days of competition at the Malta regatta course.
The oldest competitor at this year’s regatta was a staggering 92 years old, while the oldest woman was aged 89.
British Olympian Pauline Bird, 54, was one of a number of competitors to race across a number of different age-ranges, in a racing format that saw medals handed out at the end of every single heat, and no semi-finals or finals contested.
Quintin Boat Club was among the numerous British clubs to take their Masters contingent to Poland, and the Thames-based club brought home eight medals for their efforts.
‘The standard and competitiveness of the World Rowing Masters Regatta continues to rise each year,’ the club said in a statement.
‘The facilities at the Poznan venue are superb, and all at Quintin wish to congratulate the Polish organisers for such a well-run regatta.’
Next year’s Masters regatta will take place in Duisberg, Germany, from 7-9 September.
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