Australia's top 25 women rowers were settling into life on the Tamar River as the Tokyo Olympics countdown ticked under 200 days.
Arriving in Launceston on Sunday, John Keogh's troops have completed nearly one week of their fortnight-long training camp at North Esk Rowing Club after smoke forced a move from their usual base in Penrith.
The move afforded Tamar's Ciona Wilson and Huon pair Sarah Hawe and Georgia Nesbitt an unexpected return home, while Ian Wright's 25-strong men's team is spending the fortnight training at Lake Barrington.
Tasmanian-born Rowing Australia chief executive Ian Robson said while sporting pursuits paled into insignificance when considering the fires confronting Australians in the south-east, his rowers were grateful for the chance to continue their four-year trek towards Tokyo.
"I've checked in with the girls and they're really upbeat and positive about the experience and opportunity to be down here," the former Hawthorn, Essendon and Melbourne City FC boss said.
"They're excited to be here and this'll be an important part now of their preparations for Tokyo.
"For them [Tasmanian trio Hawe, Nesbitt and Wilson] to have their crewmates, their teammates in their home patch is very exciting - they're very proud.
"For the girls it's fantastic to be close to home and family while still obviously with their business hats on and focusing on the work at hand."
Rowing Australia's Tasmanian detour is largely unprecedented, with a camp in Rockhampton two years ago the sole interstate departure from national training centres in Penrith and Canberra in recent memory.
Many of the 50 men's and women's rowers who arrived on Sunday are visiting Tasmania for the first time, which Robson labelled a "welcome bit of diversity and change".
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Australia has already qualified 36 rowers for the Tokyo Olympics, which begins on July 24, and could still add more depending on upcoming results.
"There's one more regatta at Lucerne in late April, early May where final Olympic qualifying spots are up for grabs and we could well have some crews there," said Robson, a former Friends School student.
"This time four years ago heading into Rio we'd qualified 19 athletes so we've nearly doubled the number across both sides of the program.
"We're really excited not just that they've qualified, but we think we've got some crews that are going to be really, really competitive and hopefully they're at the cutting edge of the regatta at Tokyo and vying for medals."
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