The New South Wales Rowing Association (NSWRA) was formed in 1878 in response to a challenge from Victoria for a race to be held in 1879. Three clubs were part of the Association at the time of its formation.
Since 1878 the number of rowing clubs in New South Wales has grown to more than 30 clubs today, as well as schools with rowing programs.
The NSWRA governs the sport of rowing in New South Wales. It sets rules for racing, determines boat classes for racing events, sets an annual calendar of regattas and promotes rowing in New South Wales.
Through the club and school system the sport caters for rowers from elite to novice level including disabled athletes. Membership of the New South Wales Association is today around 2500 to 3000 members.
Over the years rowing in New South Wales has produced many national and international champions including several medal winners at Olympic Games. New South Wales was the venue of the 2000 Olympics where rowing events were contested at the Sydney International Regatta Centre.
New South Wales Rowing Association website http://www.rowingnsw.asn.au/about.shtml.