25.08. - 01.09. - LINZ/OTTENSHEIM, AUT

Only the best for Ottensheim

“Only the best for Ottensheim”. Andy Bucher, President of the Organising Committee in Lucerne expresses his best wishes to Linz-Ottensheim.

Last weekend (31.5.-2.6.), the 2019 European Rowing Championships took place on the traditional lake “Rotsee” in Lucerne (SUI). Lucerne – also known as the “mecca of rowing” annually hosts international rowing events. Andy Bucher, President of the local Organising Committee is proud of the lake’s history: “In 1962 we hosted the first World Championships ever. Also, we hosted the first World Championships for lightweights and were co-founder of the World Cup series. Up until today we are a fixed component of this series.”

President of Lucerne praises Organising Committee in Linz-Ottensheim
Even if Ottensheim is not as rich in tradition as Lucerne, Bucher is positive that rowing fans will experience spectacular World Championships this summer: “The Organising Committee in Linz-Ottensheim already showed at last years’s World Cup that they are competent to host mass events. We were very lucky with the weather here during the European Championships. Let’s hope that there will be great conditions in Ottensheim too and that many spectators will travel to the venue to experience the sport of rowing in this beautiful region.”

From a sporting point of view, Switzerland is still ahead of Austria. An international regatta that is not crowned with medals is a disappointing result. At the 2019 European Championships, the Swiss National Rowing Team won three medals.

Lobnig and Austrian Lightweight Men’s Quad narrowly miss out on medals
In Austria, expectations are different. Medals are not won as regularly, which makes the event of an Austrian team on the podium very special. Last weekend, two Austrian boats (W1x & LM4x) narrowly missed out on the medal places and reached the fourth place.

Local Matador Schöberl finishes Europeans on rank 12
Julian Schöberl from Linz and his partner Matthias Taborsky participated in the Leightweight Men’s Double, reaching rank 12. Louisa Altenhuber and Laura Arndorfer showed strength in the Leightweight Women’s Double, finishing with an eighth place. Florian Walk, Maximilian Kohlmayr, Rudolph Querfeld and Gabriel Hohensasser were eleventh in the Men’s Four.