The prestigious Head of the River rowing regatta will be showcased live on the internet for the first time this weekend, giving sports fans and families the opportunity to view the historic race from all across the State.

Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said the historic competition, which will take place at the State Government’s $40million Champion Lakes facility in Armadale on Saturday, would be filmed and streamed live over the internet by Balconi Media.

Champion Lakes venue managers, VenuesWest, have partnered with Balconi Media and the Public Schools Association to enable the broadcast to take place.

“Everyone viewing the race will also be given exclusive access to behind the scenes highlights and interviews from students about the 12 months of preparation and training that goes into the Head of the River,” Mr Waldron said.

“Importantly this will allow families, friends and sports fans to view the race even if they cannot make it to Champion Lakes. It gives everyone involved, including the competitors and the Public Schools Association, a chance for their hard work and team spirit to be shared with Australia.”

Champion Lakes is a $40million, 55ha lake with a 2,000m international standard rowing course, warm-up lake, boat shed storage area and club area. The centre is home to a number of sporting groups and hosts national and international competitions.

In a big weekend for the sport, the Minister also wished luck to the strong contingent of Western Australian athletes who will compete in this weekend’s Sydney International Rowing Regatta. About 100 WA-based athletes are entered in the Kings and Queens Cups Interstate, Australian Open and Open Schools Rowing Championships.

The WA team includes 2012 London Olympians Hannah Vermeersch and Alex Hagan, who were members of the high-profile Australian Women’s eight crew. Additionally, WA will be aiming for a hat-trick the women’s lightweight quad, the Victoria Cup, which the team won in both 2012 and 2013.

Fact File

  • For live coverage of the Head of the River regatta on Saturday, visit http://www.balconi.com.au/media
  • VenuesWest will also be showcasing the live-to-air coverage on its website http://www.venueswest.wa.gov.au/
  • Historic Head of the River regatta started in 1899 and the course has changed several times over the years, before moving to Champion Lakes in 2009.

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