Strathbogie Shire Council is ready, willing and able to host rowing on Lake Nagambie in the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

And, our push is backed by Olympic rowing gold medallist Lucy Stephan who used the Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre as her training ground to prepare for her medal winning 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“I have competed and trained at the Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre throughout my rowing career,” Ms Stephan said.

“Lake Nagambie is an inspiring 2km course and location which helped me to prepare for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and to reach my crew’s goal for gold.

“I absolutely support Strathbogie Shire Council’s proposal to host the Commonwealth Games 2026 rowing event.”

Council is advocating to the Victorian Government to first include rowing as a sport in the games and then commit to hosting it at the Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre.

Although rowing is an optional Commonwealth Games sport – it is one of Australia’s oldest and most successful sports and we believe the Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre provides the perfect place to feature this event.

Local people, businesses and community groups keen to be a part of the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games can help Council’s bid by filling out the Victorian Government’s Expression of Interest form on its 2026 Commonwealth Games webpage.

Below you will find a letter of support and details on how to share your thoughts with the Victorian Government.

We have also created a social media example for our community to join the campaign!

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Did you know rowing isn’t currently included as a sport in the 2026 Commonwealth Games?

Strange hey – especially when Australia has so many rowing super stars and Victoria has the perfect place to host rowing at Lake Nagambie.

I’m calling on the Victorian Government to include rowing as a sport in the 2026 Commonwealth Games and commit to hosting at the Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre.

To read why go here: https://tinyurl.com/2xz729ep

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Send a letter of support to the Victoria Government
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I’m writing to request rowing be included as a sport in the 2026 Commonwealth Games and that it be hosted at Lake Nagambie in the Strathbogie Shire.

Although rowing is an optional Commonwealth Games sport – it is one of Australia’s oldest and most successful sports and I believe the Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre provides the perfect place to feature this event.

Australia successfully secured two rowing gold medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games against 79 nations, of which 54 Commonwealth nations are eligible to participate in rowing events in 2026.

The international popularity and interest in rowing, and the 2026 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, provides an opportunity to bring rowing back to the international spotlight in the spectacular and inspiring setting of the Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre.

The Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre is the Victorian choice rowing course that inhabits infrastructure excellence like no other location across the State. It is a professional rowing facility providing a 2km, eight buoyed lane, course.

I believe Lake Nagambie’s blue water, rich natural surroundings and rural setting is an optimal location to hold 2026 Commonwealth Games Rowing events.

I ask you to please support these calls by committing to including rowing as a sport at the 2026 Commonwealth Games and hosting these events at Lake Nagambie.