30 Oct 2010

Colourful ceremony opens world rowing champs

5:41 pm on 30 October 2010

The World Rowing Championships have officially opened at Lake Karapiro. About 10,000 people attended the ceremony.


A colourful parade of national flags carried by local children and followed by some of the 800 athletes typified the low-key nature of the ceremony.

It became more formal when Tainui offered a powhiri to the president of FISA (the international rowing federation), Denis Oswald.

Mr Fisa was then saluted by Tainui warriors in an impressive sail-past by four waka. The ceremony ended with the raising of the Fisa flag along with that of New Zealand.


Racing proper starts on Sunday morning with the first of 10 heats. Nine New Zealand crews are entered in the heats.