The European Rowing Championships are among the oldest pan-continental sporting events and are able to trace their history back to 1893. The event has progressed a long way from its 19th century origins – with just three races and all for men – and 17 titles will be up for grabs in 2018 when the event forms part of the inaugural multi-sport 2018 European Championships.
Like the triathlon events, rowing will be held at Glasgow’s Strathclyde Country Park across four days.
The European Rowing Championships saw a four-fold increase in its TV viewing audience between 2010 and 2015 and there are high expectations that this upward trend will continue thanks to rowing becoming part of the European Championships.
The European Rowing Championships saw a four-fold increase in its TV viewing audience between 2010 and 2015.
"The chance to have our European Rowing Championships packaged together with other leading European sports through the European Broadcast Union, our long-term television partner, is the right opportunity for our sport at a time when our own television audiences are increasing year on year,” commented World Rowing Federation President Jean-Christophe Rolland.
European Rowing is coordinated by the World Rowing Federations’ European Rowing Management Board, whose chair Ryszard Stadniuk added: "The European Championships will complement the dramatic growth of the European Rowing Championships.”
Image credit: FISA Igor Meijer
The 2018 European Rowing Championships will also build on the success of the European nations at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
For the third consecutive Olympics, Great Britain led the medal table – meaning that local support will be plentiful in Glasgow – but six other European nations also struck gold in Rio, including continental powerhouses Germany, the Netherlands and Croatia.
The European Rowing Championships in 2018 should see these rivalries revisited as leading European rowing nations have become fully committed to the event over the last decade.
An estimated 600 rowers from over 40 European nations are expected to take to the water in Glasgow. The pan-European appeal of the Championships and the sport can be demonstrated by the fact that 23 nations were among the medallists at the 2016 European Rowing Championships in Brandenburg, Germany.
Number of medal events: 17
Number of competition days: 4
Number of athletes: 600
First edition: 1893
In the summer of 2018 Europe’s top athletes will compete in the inaugural European Championships – an exciting new multi-sport event bringing together some of the continent’s leading sports.
Tickets for both the Glasgow 2018 European Championships and Berlin 2018 European Championships are on sale.