Rowing—one of the most important sports in Slovenia’s history
A brief history of Slovenian rowing
The beginnings of rowing in Slovenia go back to the year 1887 when the first rowing club was founded in the coastal town of Piran/Pirano, Club Piranese Salvore. Only a year later the S.C.Libertas was founded in the nearby Koper/Capodistria. Competitive rowing later emerged in the capital Ljubljana as well as Bled.
together with Luka Špik - added the Olympic gold. He has been awarded the title of the most successful Slovenian athlete in recent history.
In 2005 Bled celebrated the centenary of the first rowing competition on Lake Bled. The first major regatta on the lake was the Yugoslav national championship in 1930, and the first international regatta was held there in 1950. The only international competitors in 1950 came from Austria. Later, they were joined by teams from West Germany and other countries. The annual international regatta at Bled started to gain recognition each year and now hosts teams from 12 countries on average—both smaller club teams and major national teams - with around 700 competitors.