Masters Rowing

Masters Rowing is open to rowers from the beginning of the year during which they turn 27. Masters rowers fit in categories A to L depending on their age or the average age of their crew. The masters rower may then compete against others with the same average age in the respective category, or against rowers/crews of an older or younger category with a handicap.

The aim of a masters rower can be everything from recreational rowing to competing at regattas. Masters rowers compete in every type of regatta from local, state, national and international events. Many masters rowers enjoy travelling to race on different courses around the world. Competition on a straight course is generally over 1000m, however sprints and long distances races are also popular.

Masters rowing also focuses on the health and fitness benefits of rowing, socialising and forming friendships.

Age Categories

The age of a rower in a masters rowing event shall be that which they attain during the year of the event. Masters rowing events shall be held in the following crew age categories:

Age categories do not apply to coxswains of masters crews. Each competitor shall be responsible for his/her own health and fitness.

  • A. Minimum age: 27 years
  • B. Average age: 36 years or more
  • C. Average age: 43 years or more
  • D. Average age: 50 years or more
  • E. Average age: 55 years or more
  • F. Average age: 60 years or more
  • G. Average age: 65 years or more
  • H. Average age: 70 years or more
  • I. Average age: 75 years or more
  • J. Average age: 80 years or more
  • K. Average age: 83 years or more
  • L. Average age: 86 years or more
  • M. Average age: 89 years or more

2024 Australian Masters Championships

Wednesday 8th May – Saturday 11th May 2024, Lake Barrington, Tasmania

Lake Barrington, located in Northern Tasmania, is the site of a world-standard rowing course and in 1990 hosted the World Rowing Championships. The venue has been the site for several Australian Rowing Championships since 1984 including the Masters Rowing Championships in 2011 and 2018 (the pandemic put an end to the scheduled 2020 event).

The lake is about 30 metres deep and is well protected from the prevailing north westerly winds. Lake Barrington is regularly acclaimed as the finest natural rowing course in Australia with its amphitheatre created by the surrounding hills and clean air.

The course is fully buoyed with 8 lanes and with great competitor and spectator facilities.

More information about the Lake can be found on the Rowing Tasmania website: