Australia's 50 best rowers will call Northern Tasmania home for the next two weeks after smoke forced a move from their training bases in Canberra and Penrith.
Preparing for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the 25-strong men's and women's teams will arrive at Launceston Airport on Sunday with two 20m boat trailers following on water via the Spirit of Tasmania.
The women's team - featuring Tamar's Ciona Wilson and Southern pair Sarah Hawe and Georgia Nesbitt - will train on the familiar Tamar River and stay at the nearby University of Tasmania accommodation.
The men's team will stay onsite at their Lake Barrington base for their first week before setting up camp in the Kentish region.
Rowing Tasmania executive officer Rob Prescott said the possibility of relocating the teams to Tasmania was floated before Christmas and confirmed on New Year's Day.
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"It's a nice feather in the cap of rowing in this state," Prescott said.
"I know John Keogh, the head coach of the women's team, has always said that the Tamar River is one of the best training locations in Australia and I know Ian Wright who's the head coach of the men's team is very keen to get his athletes to Lake Barrington.
"As a state we're fortunate enough that we have ownership and control of the facility at Lake Barrington and it's a feather in our cap that we've been able to assist Rowing Australia in putting all this together and getting them here.
"I think it's very pleasing that our state has been offered this opportunity and we can assist the national team in their training for Tokyo 2020."
Tasmanian sport endured its own smoke problems over the weekend as the Bridport Triathlon and Launceston parkrun were forced to turn back hundreds of competitors.
Thankfully, smoke covering Lake Barrington and Launceston had cleared up in time for the rowers' arrival on Sunday.
"We were conducting racing for our state team [on Saturday morning] and it was a bit smoky but they had a southerly change up there and it's as clear as a bell," Prescott said.
"I'm expecting it's going to blow away and I'd imagine we'd still have better air quality than Canberra at this stage."
Air quality problems have seen Rowing Tasmania field calls about Lake Barrington's availability from a number of mainland private schools as athletes search for a place to continue training.
Prescott thanked rowing bodies from across the state for helping accommodate nearly 70 athletes and support staff at short notice.
"It's been an interesting exercise pulling all this together and it's been pleasing to see the level of co-operation that's come in from all sections of the rowing fraternity," he said.
"The rowing community has really pulled together in these most unusual times."
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