World Rowing Masters 2023: First world rowing event on African waters

Recent announcements from our partner RowSA is that South Africa will host the 2023 World Rowing Masters Regatta, one of the biggest regattas on the World Rowing Calendar.

Bringing together on average 3 000 athletes, ranging in age from 27 to 90+, for four days of racing. The 2023 World Rowing Masters will take place in September (final dates to be confirmed), at Roodeplaat Dam in Tshwane and is the first ever World Rowing event in Africa.

The Organising Committee has been formed and they’ve started the preparations for the event, an event that will be centred around the spirit of Ubuntu, an Nguni term meaning “humanity”. In Southern Africa, it has come to be used as a term for a kind of humanist philosophy, ethic, or ideology. We create each other and need to sustain this otherness creation. And if we belong to each other, we participate in our creations: we are because you are, and since you are, I am. It is humanity across borders.

Our Masters event will be a celebration of the rowing community and our shared diversity” – Keith McIvor, World Rowing Masters OC.

Roodeplaat Dam is the home of the RMB National Squad where past Olympians like Sizwe Ndlovu (Gold Olympic medallist) and Lawrence Brittain (Silver Olympic medallist) spent most of their time training. The RMB Nation Squad are currently preparing for the Tokyo2020 Olympics.

If you are interested in finding out more, email Keith McIvor.