Brandenburg delegation visits the World Rowing Masters Regatta in South Africa. Interesting exchange of experiences with local organizers and representatives of the Rowing World Association. Baton passed over to 2024 WRMR in Brandenburg.
WRMR 2023 started on Thursday, 21.09.2023. The first races took off at 08:30 before the official opening ceremony was held in the evening. It was marked by South African folklore and official speeches by the mayor, the president of the South African Rowing Federation, the representative of the provincial government and the representative of the World Rowing Federation.
The WRMR 2023 was attended by about 800 rowers from 196 clubs in 42 countries. The oldest male rower was 94 years old, the oldest female rower 84 years old. The South African organizer had facilitated the first “World Rowing Event” in Africa with 150 volunteers.
Our delegation used the short time at the southern end of Africa intensively to study the organizational procedures and to inspect the existing infrastructure on land and on the water. In extensive consultations we have talked about specific technical issues and discussed various details. After all, we want to optimize the preparations for the big meeting of the master rowers next year in Brandenburg an der Havel, so that the participants from all over the world can experience an event at the highest international level.
says Uwe Philipp, head of the Beetzsee race course .
And Volker Garmatter, President of the organizing committee adds:
In a meeting with the World Rowing Masters Commission, we reported on the state of preparations and clarified open questions. During the closing ceremony, the World Rowing flag was handed over to us as a “baton” for the coming year. In conclusion, we can say: The first World Rowing Event in Africa was a great experience for the athletes, volunteers, organizers and spectators. Of course, we hope that we will be able to welcome all the athletes who took part in South Africa and many more next year at the shores of Lake Beetzsee. We will use all our power and experience to offer them a great event on water and on land.
The WRMR in Brandenburg an der Havel will take place from September 11th to 15th. September 2024 on the Beetzsee. Up to 4,000 rowers are expected next year. They will compete in approximately 800 races over five days. More than 200 volunteers are needed to master this huge organizational challenge. If you are interested in volunteering, you can contact the organizing committee at www.wrmr2024.com.