Peter MacGregor is gearing up for this year?s Australian Masters Championships in Rockhampton in June.
Peter MacGregor is gearing up for this year?s Australian Masters Championships in Rockhampton in June.

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.



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