Bookings are now open for the Boat Park and Trade Village!

The Sydney International Rowing Regatta is set to once again occur at the Sydney International Regatta Centre from Monday 27 March to Sunday 2 April. Rowing Australia is offering exhibition spaces in both the trade village as well as the boat park.   Please see below the two-page flyer that outlines the opportunity.  Prices start from: Site spaces start from $500 + GST Marquee costs start from $1845 + GST Bookings open on Friday 20 January and close 24 February 2017.  To book your space please fill out the editable PDF (also below) and submit as per the instructions on the form.  A member of the Rowing Australia team will be in touch within 7 days of receiving the booking to confirm arrangements and organise a deposit. Exhibitor Flyer – Information Exhibitor Booking Form – Editable...

Have you registered for #AnOarsomeExperience?

Tickets and Entries Open for the 2017 Sydney International Rowing Regatta Rowing Australia is excited to announce that tickets sales and entries for the 2017 Sydney International Rowing Regatta (SIRR) are now open via the official ticket seller, Ticketek and the official entry portal, Rowing Manager. This marquee event on the rowing calendar will once again head to Western Sydney, returning to the Sydney 2000 Olympic legacy venue, the Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith (SIRC).   The seven-day regatta will be held from Monday 27 March to Sunday 2 April, featuring the King’s and Queen’s Cups Interstate Regatta as well as the Australian Open and Schools Championships. This year’s event also sees the inclusion of some fantastic new off-water events for coaches, competitors, rowing clubs and schools to get involved. This is a chance for the rowing community to hear directly from Rowing Australia’s High Performance and Sports Science staff on various topics including all things rowing, such as Injury Prevention, Under Age Selection Trials Information and Nutrition tips. The Rowing Australia Breakfast Briefings will be held each morning of the regatta, from 7am to 8am, in the Olympic Room and are free.  To register and find out more on the specific topics as well as other events for Clubs and Schools visit the new look SIRR website here. Full information on how to purchase tickets can be found here on the new look SIRR website, with tickets starting from $20.40.  There is once again no cost for parking your car at the venue during the event. Spectators and competitors will again be treated to a showcase of some of...

Vale Bill Cooper OAM

With the passing of Bill in the early hours of 1 January 2017, the rowing community has lost one of the Legends of the sport. Bill was a driving force in particular for Rowing WA for more than sixty years and no words can convey the magnitude of his contribution during that time. He was a friend, mentor and inspiration for many generations of rowers and more particularly officials of rowing at both a State and Australian level. We extend our condolences to Ailsa, James, Diana, Helen and Elizabeth and their Families at this time. Please click here to read the full tribute to Bill kindly written by Rowing WA’s past president, Craig James OAM “Home and dry, Bill you beauty!” Bill’s funeral service will be held on Thursday, 12th January 2017 at 10.00am in the West Chapel at Fremantle Cemetary. Tributes to Bill and condolences to his family can be left on his Guest Book from Monday, 9th...

Vale Peter Philp

The sport of rowing lost another one of its great rowers and coaches on Tuesday 3 January 2017 when Peter Philp sadly died from cancer after a prolonged illness. Peter commenced his rowing at Scotch College where he stroked their first crew in 1963 and 1964, winning in 1963. He was a strong, technically good and aggressive rower and very perceptive about who and what made a boat go fast. Those who rowed with him described him as a fighter and a winner. He was not a big person, but he successfully matched it with those far larger than himself. Whilst only two years out of school, he raced in a very successful four of similarly minded and strong rowers with David Palfreyman, Richard Garrard and George Xouris. This four represented Australia at the second World Championships in Bled in 1966. Interestingly all these rowers went on to be excellent coaches and rowed for far longer periods than their peers. Even though he was still rowing, his reputation as a perceptive and innovative rower led to him being sought out to coach a similarly talented group of rowers of Cam Johnston, Andrew Michelmore, Geoff Rees and Colin Smith. This lightweight crew went onto win Australia’s first gold medal in sweep oared rowing at a FISA World Championship. It also heralded the beginning of the golden age of lightweight rowing in Australia with numerous gold medals being won during the seventies and eighties. This victory must have been very sweet for Peter given his advocacy for the introduction of lightweight rowing at FISA Championships. AOC President John Coates AC added that...
Andrew Randell announced as Men’s Senior Coach

Andrew Randell announced as Men’s Senior Coach

Rowing Australia today announced that Andrew Randell will be joining Men’s Head Coach, Ian Wright and fellow Men’s Senior Coach, Mark Prater, at the Reinhold Batschi Men’s National Training Centre (NTC) in Canberra, ACT. Randell joins Rowing Australia having most recently been the Head Coach and State Talent Pathway Coordinator for the ACT Academy of Sport. In his time coaching with the national team, Randell has been to two Olympic Games, Beijing 2008 and Rio 2016 and has coached many crews to World Championship and World Cup successes. His first international medal came back in 1995 when he oversaw the Junior Men’s Four to a silver medal at the Junior World Rowing Championships in Poland. He went on to coach the 2002 Junior Men’s Four to a gold at the World Championships in Lithuania that year, while in 2004 he coached the U23 Men’s Coxed Four to a gold at their World Championships. In 2013, he coached the U23 Men’s Four to a silver medal at the World Championships, while the following year he oversaw the U23 Men’s Eight that went on win a silver medal at the same event. In addition, Randell has played a pivotal role over the years in developing Australia’s US-based underage athletes. In 2016, Randell oversaw Australia’s Men’s Double Sculls and also Men’s Single Sculls at the Rio Olympic Games. Randell in fact coached the latter, Rhys Grant, to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games at the final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne. Outside of his international coaching, Randell has also held the positions of Head Coach at Adelaide Rowing Club, Prince Alfred...

Expressions of Interest for Non-Executive Selectors

Rowing Australia is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for Non-Executive Selector positions in forming two separate Selection Panels – the 2017 Senior Selection Panel and the 2017 Underage Selection Panel (covering Junior, Under 21, Under 23 and Para Teams). Selectors must be available to attend relevant domestic Selection activities, as required. Please ensure you have read the relevant Selection Policy documents (available HERE), particularly with reference to the composition and qualifications required of appointed Selectors, before submitting your EOI. The form is available at https://goo.gl/forms/gf02lR1iTeNRsw1W2 Expressions of Interest will close at 5pm AEDT on Friday 20 January, 2017. We encourage you to share this  EOI within your networks. If you have any questions about the EOI process, please contact Jaime Fernandez ([email protected]) or Naomi Wagstaff...

Nominations for Underage Australian Rowing Team coach appointments

Rowing Australia is now calling for nominations for consideration of coaching appointments on underage national teams. The process for appointment will be advised by Rowing Australia as soon as practicable, and each coach that submits a nomination will receive advice directly from Rowing Australia regarding this process. Please ensure you have carefully read the relevant Event Requirements prior to submitting your nomination. Closing dates: U23 Nomination – 17:00 AEDST, 9 January, 2017 U21 Nomination – 17:00 AEST, 10 April, 2017 Junior Nomination – 17:00 AEST, 17 April, 2017 The nomination form can be found at:...

Vale Jack Ellings

Rowing Australia was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Tasmanian rowing stalwart, Jack Ellings this week. Jack passed away on 20 December 2016 after a long illness. Jack commenced his rowing at Mersey Rowing Club in Devonport in 1965. During his time as a member, he established his rowing administrative skills taking the positions of both Treasurer and Secretary. When his daughters commenced rowing, he joined Devonport’s Reeconian Rowing Club in 1989 and again assisted the club by taking on the position of Treasurer. His administrative excellence and umpiring ability were well and truly forged by the time he became a member of the Tasmanian Rowing Council Committee in 1994. During his time on the Committee through to 2005, he undertook many volunteer roles including Administration Manager and President. It was only ill health that led to his retirement. Jack chaired the 1997 Organising Committee for the Australian Rowing Championships at Lake Barrington. Given his skills in this area, he was appointed to the Rowing Australia regatta committee, a position he held for many years.  In 1999, he was a member of the regatta committee for the Olympic trial regatta at SIRC and then became the SOCOG liaison officer for the umpires at the Sydney Olympics. He was Tasmanian Councillor to the Australian Rowing Council from 1999 to 2004. His election to President of the Tasmanian Rowing Council in 2001 did not stop his regatta work. In 2003, he managed both the Presidency as well as the administration and sponsorship roles of the Australian Championships. Further throughout these times, he was an active Tasmanian and Australian umpire....

Women Leaders in Rowing

Rowing Australia hosted its inaugural Women Leaders in Rowing course on the 28 and 29 November. Fifteen talented women, representing all seven Member Associations, participated in Canberra on full scholarships with all expenses paid by RA. The course was delivered in collaboration with Melbourne Business School and the Australian Sports Commission and was designed to develop leadership capability, specifically within a sports environment. Covering a range of areas such as self-awareness, managing conflict, having difficult conversations and communicating with impact, the two-day learning hub also created a sense of collaboration and connection amongst the participants. Kristy Arnold one of the course participants and a coach and administrator from Tasmania, said that the course really emphasised individual empowerment and participants were encouraged to take what they had learned back to their own environments and apply practically. It was wonderful to connect with other likeminded individuals and share our experiences. Most importantly, we will remain in touch with each other to continue to be able to support one another through our journey in rowing” she said. Rowing Australia received an unprecedented amount of interest in regards to the course when it advertised for nominations last year. Chief Executive Officer Michael Scott said that Rowing Australia, like the Australian Sports Commission, is committed to growing participation of women in the sport of rowing at all levels. We are currently exploring our options for further activity next year to extend and amplify the learning that has occurred at this initial workshop. We are working with both FISA as well as the Australian Sports Commission on this strategy and look forward to sharing more...

President’s Newsletter – December 2016

Welcome to my final President’s Newsletter of 2016. This year has been an eventful and successful one for Rowing Australia including of course the successes of our national team athletes at the Olympics, Paralympics and various World Championships. It has also been a busy year that has seen Rowing Australia and its Member Associations host many regattas and events throughout the year. Most recently, a total of 24 clubs, schools and gyms across the country hosted the Australian Indoor Rowing Championships. The new event saw over 500 competitors racing across the country and 14 Australian indoor rowing records broken. Congratulations to all involved and thank you to all who volunteered across the country to ensure all our entrants had the best possible event. You can read more about the event and it’s results here on the RA website. High Performance The National Training Centres are now up and running in both Canberra and Penrith. The men’s group have been training under the guidance of Head Coach, Ian Wright, in Canberra for four weeks now, while up in Penrith, John Keogh, is overseeing the women’s group. We have a total of 27 athletes across the two centres, with some more expected to join in the New Year. Rowing Australia’s Performance Director, Bernard Savage, has also been meeting, in person, with our recent Olympians to discuss their plans in the coming year and in order help them to transition into this new environment should they choose to compete in 2017 and beyond. There are some great videos currently on Rowing Australia’s YouTube channel featuring our Head Coaches and the newest athletes...