Welsh Indoor Rowing Championships celebrate 20th anniversary
100 people took part in the first Welsh Indoor Rowing Championships (WIRC) - 20 years, three world records and lots of rowing machines later, this year's event at Channel View Leisure Centre is expected to attract more than 1,600 competitors from as far afield as Greece to take part in what has grown into one of the UK's largest indoor rowing events.

The two-day event, which is free for spectators, begins with the schools competition on Friday (22ndNovember), which this year will be opened by Welsh rower, and former WIRC competitor, Iwan Hadfield, who recently took home a bronze medal representing Team GB at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Tokyo.

The main event on Saturday will see highly regarded competitors race in front of an audience including many high performance coaches, scoping out future Olympians and hoping for a repeat of last year's event which saw seven new Welsh records set and one World record broken.

A council spokesperson said: "Since being launched by Cardiff Bay Water Activity Centre 20 years ago, this event has gone from strength to strength, serving as a proving ground for competitors aiming to progress their rowing careers. There's always a fantastic atmosphere in the centre and it's a great chance to see some high-level athletes at close quarters."

No less than eight Team GB rowers have had an early taste of competition at the WIRC, having learned to row in and around Cardiff and at the Cardiff Bay Activity Centre, and April 2020 will see the launch of a second indoor rowing event, marking the beginning of the Welsh Indoor Series.

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