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One of Australia’s iconic ‘mad-cap’ sporting events is held every 3rd year in the heart of Australia.
Early in 1962 members of the Rotary Club of Alice Springs met for a picnic at 16 Mile Creek where, over a few beers, they discussed ways to raise money for charity. The late Reg Smith came up with the idea of holding a waterless ‘Regatta’ on the dry bed of the Todd River.
“Okay, what about the boats – do we tow them or push them?”
“Neither,” said Reg. “We cut the bottoms out and carry them!”
The first Henley on Todd Regatta was held in December 1962. The Henley-On-Todd, has been officially declared an iconic event by the NT Government, and continues to be a world famous tourist attraction.
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