Aust Masters approach in rowing
By AARON KELLY ? GETTING away from the everyday "hustle and bustle'' lured Peter MacGregor back on the wa- ter after a 20-year absence.
Now he is preparing for one of Australia's biggest annual rowing regattas in Rock- hampton.
MacGregor, 55, will join more than 5000 spec- tators and competitors at this year's Castaway Seaspray Australian Masters Rowing Champi- onships on the Fitzroy River in June.
MacGregor, who calls Rockhampton his sec- ond home and is a keen supporter of the Gram- marians Rowing Club, will represent Toowong when action hits the water on June 3.
Like many masters competitors, MacGregor rowed at school before making a comeback to the sport after enjoying "an extended break''.
"I've been connected with the sport for most of my life,'' said MacGregor, the principal part- ner of the Capricorn Coast's new residential community, Seaspray.
"I rowed at school then stopped for 20-odd years and came back. "It's a great way to get away from business on the water ? no-one can ring you.''
MacGregor, who trains on the Brisbane Riv- er, said rowing's "mateship and camaraderie'' would be on show at the national event, being hosted by Rockhampton for the first time.
"Rockhampton is a great place for rowing,'' MacGregor said. "The facilities are as good as you would find anywhere.''
Last year's Australian championships was the largest rowing regatta ever held in Austra- lia and event organisers believe the 2005 event will continue this trend.