The most prestigious trophy in Australian rowing – the King’s Cup – is coming to Ballarat.
A Civic Reception will be held on Friday 1 February at the Ballarat Town Hall Trench Room to welcome the cup, which is presented to the winning state representative senior heavyweight men’s coxed eights at the Australian Rowing Championships.
New South Wales is the current holder of the cup, winning nine out of the last 13 races, with Victoria winning the other four. The King’s Cup event is always the last event on the national regatta schedule and is considered the blue-ribbon rowing event in Australia.
Olympic rowing gold medallists and “Oarsome Foursome” members James Tomkins and Mike McKay have rowed in 18 and 16 King’s Cup events respectively, while Ballarat rowing identity Gary Gullock has competed in four.
Ballarat Mayor Cr Samantha McIntosh said it was a fantastic sporting coup to have the King’s Cup visiting Ballarat.
“Ballarat is renowned as a rowing centre of note, particularly with our world class rowing course at Lake Wendouree, so it is only fitting the most prestigious trophy in Australian rowing should be showcased here,” Cr McIntosh said.
“I look forward to welcoming the King’s Cup to Ballarat and encourage everyone to come along to the Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Regatta on Saturday 2 February and Sunday 3 February to see such a rowing icon up close.”