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...

Hannah Every-Hall elected as Chair of RA Athletes’ Commission

Joins Rowing Australia Board as a Director replacing Cameron McKenzie-McHarg Rowing Australia today announced that Olympian Hannah Every-Hall has been elected as the new Chair of the Rowing Australia Athletes’ Commission and in turn has been appointed as a Director of the Rowing Australia Board. She takes over the Athletes’ Representative position vacated on the RA Board by Cameron McKenzie-McHarg whose term on the Commission and Board concluded in October. Every-Hall, who won gold at the 2002 World Rowing Championships in the Lightweight Women’s Quadruple Sculls, will join the Rowing Australia Board for her first meeting on the weekend of 12 November 2016, in Melbourne. Every-Hall is highly respected among the athlete body. As an athlete, she first competed for Australia at the Nations Cup in 1999 in Hamburg, Germany where she won the U23 Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls. She went on to represent Australia at seven World Rowing Cups and multiple World Championships, as well as representing Australia in the Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Off the water, Every-Hall has a degree in Human Movement, as well as a Masters’ Degree in Dietetics from Deakin University. She is also a member of FISA’s Athletes’ Commission, representing the Asia-Pacific region. Upon the announcement of her appointment, Every-Hall said: “I feel incredibly honoured and privileged to be bestowed with this honour. Firstly, I would like to say thank you to Cameron McKenzie-McHarg for the fantastic work he has done chairing the Commission and representing the athletes on the Rowing Australia Board. “I look forward to not only chairing the Commission but also being an active...

Mark Prater announced as Men’s Coach

Rowing Australia today announced that Mark Prater will be joining Men’s Head Coach, Ian Wright at the Reinhold Batschi Men’s National Training Centre (NTC) in Canberra, ACT. Prater joins Rowing Australia having previously been the Director of Rowing at Sydney University Boat Club and held coaching positions on U23 and Senior Australian Rowing Teams. In his time coaching with the national team, Prater has had many successes, with his first medal coming when he coached the U23 Men’s Quadruple Sculls to a bronze at the 2012 U23 World Championships. He later went on to oversee the U23 Men’s Pair winning back-to-back silver medals at the 2014 and 2015 U23 World Rowing Championships, as well as coaching the Senior A Men’s Pair to bronze at the 2015 World Rowing Cup 2 and silver at the 2016 World Rowing Cup 3. He also coached the Men’s Pair at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Prater has coached numerous crews to state and national titles and is looking forward to working alongside Ian Wright at the Reinhold Batschi National Training Centre, the home of the men’s rowing program. “I am excited to be working with Ian at the newly formed National Training Centre in Canberra, and to be building our men’s crews for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics across the next four years,” said Prater. Prater will begin at Rowing Australia on the same date as Wright, 24 October. Wright said: “I am eager to begin coaching and working with Mark as we build the men’s program at the Reinhold Batschi National Training Centre. His domestic and international experience are an asset to the...

Rowing Australia announces Lyall McCarthy as Pathways Head Coach

Rowing Australia today announced Lyall McCarthy as its new Pathways Head Coach. This follows the announcement last week of Ian Wright as the new Men’s Head Coach and John Keogh as the new Women’s Head Coach. McCarthy will work directly with Deputy Performance Director, Jaime Fernandez, who is leading the Pathways program nationally. McCarthy, who coached Kim Brennan to Olympic gold in the Women’s Single Sculls at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, has represented Australia 18 times as a coach on the Senior Team in his 20 years working at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and Rowing Australia. McCarthy is currently based in Canberra, with his role as a Senior Coach at Rowing Australia, and will take up his new role on 17 October. McCarthy’s new role, which is an integral part of CampaignNumberOne, will see the highly successful rowing coach focus his attention on Australia’s talent pathway and growing Australia future elite coaches and rowers to learn how to row and train to win. McCarthy began coaching in Victoria under the guidance of his former coach, Geoffrey Hunter, before taking charge of his first national crews in 1995. The following year he joined the AIS to work under the guidance of Reinhold Batschi and his been a constant member of the national coaching system since then. He has coached multiple Australian crews to World Rowing Championships titles, including the Men’s Lightweight Eight, and had crews that have medalled in every Open Women’s boat category. In his time coaching, his crews have won 18 World Championships and/or Olympic medals and he has coached Australian crews at six Olympic...

CampaignNumberOne – Rowing Australia Announces First Two Leadership Positions

Rowing Australia Chief Executive Officer Michael Scott has today announced Bernard Savage as the Performance Director, who will lead all aspects of rowing’s Olympic and Paralympic programs, as well as the appointment of Jaime Fernandez as Deputy Performance Director. Currently the National Performance Director of Triathlon Australia and former Head of Sports Science at Swimming Australia, Savage brings strong leadership experience to the role, as well as a broad and deep understanding of Australia’s high performance systems. Fernandez moves into an expanded role that will create a leaner and more efficient high performance structure by leading rowing’s pathway and talent ID programs and providing support to Savage across the entire High Performance program.   Fernandez, who is also an Olympic Silver Medallist in rowing, brings an extensive and rich understanding of the sport. Scott said both Savage and Fernandez were the standout candidates and will combine well to provide program and system leadership experience and high performance rowing knowledge required to successfully deliver RA’s new High Performance Plan, CampaignNumberOne. “We’ve gone through an extensive process to find the right people to lead the high performance component of our business and we know Bernard and Jaime have the right mix of skills and experience to create an environment that delivers world-best high performance outcomes”. “Bernard has had outstanding success with Triathlon Australia over the last four years, including leading a restructure and rebuild of their program.  This, combined with over 20 years-experience working across all layers of the Australian high performance sporting system, will be of huge benefit to Rowing Australia as we implement our CampaignNumberOne plan,” said Scott. Savage said...

Australian Rowing Team all set for World Rowing Cup 3

Event runs from 17 to 19 June in Poznan, Poland The 2016 Australian Rowing Team will take to the water this week to compete in the final World Rowing Cup of 2016. Australia has entered 11 crews, including two para-rowing crews, at World Rowing Cup 3 which runs from 17 to 19 June in Poznan, Poland. Competing for the first time this international season will be Australia’s two World Championship winning para-rowing crews. Three-time World Rowing Champion in the Arms and Shoulders Men’s Single Sculls, Erik Horrie, is entered in a field of 13 crews, which includes Great Britain’s Tom Aggar and Ukraine’s Igor Boldar, who finished second and third behind Horrie in Aiguebelette in 2014. Kathryn Ross and Gavin Bellis will take on a smaller field in the Trunk and Arms Mixed Double Sculls, with the three-time World Champions one of nine crews entered in the event. The entries for this boat class include five of the finalists from last year’s World Rowing Championships in the event. The para-rowing crews have their heats on Thursday 16 June. 2015 World Champion Kimberley Brennan, along with women’s sculling reserve Olympia Aldersey, will compete in the Women’s Single Sculls this weekend. The boat class has 24 entries and will see 2014 World Rowing Champion in the Women’s Single, Emma Twigg of New Zealand, potentially take on Brennan for the first time since the 2014 World Championships. Brennan, who won gold at World Rowing Cup II last month, said: “I’m really looking forward to having a good hit out against a quality field on the weekend. I’ve raced at Poznan a couple...

Rowing Australia appoints Professor Peter Fricker OAM as Principal Medical Officer

Rowing Australia has today announced the appointment of Professor Peter Fricker OAM as the Principal Medical Officer of the organisation. Professor Fricker’s initial focus will be on planning the organisation’s transition to its new High Performance Plan, for 2020 and beyond. RA’s current Principal Medical Officer, Dr Larissa Trease, will continue managing the Senior and National Teams’ medical requirements until October, beyond this, Dr Trease will be leaving Rowing to focus on other opportunities within Medicine. Professor Fricker currently consults in sports medicine, sports science, health and exercise and holds professorial appointments at Victoria University, University of Canberra and Griffith University. He is based in Canberra, ACT. Professor Fricker will work part-time for Rowing Australia and will coordinate the medical care of Australia’s top rowers across the organisation’s new High Performance structure. Professor Fricker will ensure the compliance of RA with the AIS Sports Medicine Best Practice Principles and he will advise the RA High Performance Unit on the selection and appointment of appropriate clinicians for all Australian Rowing Teams (Junior, U21, U23 and Senior A). Professor Fricker’s role will also see him develop and revise protocols for the best practice management of common rowing related injuries and illnesses, provide ongoing rowing specific ‘world’s best’ education to the RA preferred provider network and act as an advisor to the Board of Rowing Australia on all medical and anti-doping matters. Rowing Australia’s General Manager – Sport, Jaime Fernandez said: “We are excited to have someone of Professor Fricker’s calibre join Rowing Australia later this year. It is fantastic to have him coming in to work with the organisation, and its...

Rowing Australia launches Level 1 Online Coaching Course

Rowing Australia is delighted to announce the launch of its Level 1 Online Coaching Course. The education and accreditation program will have full online delivery and support to ensure consistency across the country, as well as providing access for regional and remote coaches.The simple to navigate online course was created with the invaluable assistance of the University of Queensland and its School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, and by an expert panel consisting of Ivan Adlam, Barbara Fenner, Rod Silcox, Vicky Spencer and Rowing Australia’s National Community Development and Education Officer, Ron Batt. It was funded by a participation grant from the Australian Sports Commission. This online course is accessible to anyone in Australia (except New South Wales who will have access from 1 July*) and has plenty of exciting new content including useful information and tips from current Senior coaches, video tutorials and imagery. After 1 July 2016, this online course will be the only National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) Level 1 Accreditation rowing coach course delivered in Australia (this course was previously known as Learn to Row Coach)**. The course takes up to four hours to complete but does not have to be completed in one sitting and costs $180 to undertake. The pre-requisites are you must be a minimum of 16-years-old and have completed a free ASC Online Community Coaching General Principles course which can be found here. Once accredited as part of NCAS, coaches are required to renew their accreditation every four years. Rowing Australia’s National Community Development and Education Officer, Ron Batt said: “This exciting new initiative would not have been possible without...

Two gold medals for Australia in World Rowing Cup 2

The Australian Rowing Team opened its World Cup medal tally for the international season today, winning two golds and two silvers on the closing day of World Rowing Cup 2. Australia’s Men’s Quadruple Sculls and Women’s Single Sculls won gold, while the silvers for Australia came from the Women’s Double Sculls and the Men’s Four. By virtue of its medal haul, Australia finished the event third on the medal table ahead of World Rowing Cup 3 in Poznan next month. Rowing Australia’s General Manager – Sport, Jaime Fernandez said: “It’s been a good weekend of racing and it’s fantastic to see four crews medal here at Lucerne, along with six of the seven Olympic boat classes making the A Final. This is our first World Cup of the season and there are plenty of positives to take from the racing, setting up a solid platform for the group to move forward from. We’ll now head back to the AIS European Training Centre in Milan to prepare before World Rowing Cup 3 in Poznan next month.” The first Australian crew to take to the water in the A-Finals was the Men’s Quadruple Sculls of Karsten Forsterling, Alexander ‘Sasha’ Belonogoff, Cameron Girdlestone and James McRae. Two days ago, in the heats, Australia recorded the fastest qualifying time and the 2015 World Rowing Championship silver medallists took on Great Britain, Switzerland, Germany, Poland and Lithuania in today’s final. The British were the fastest out the start but the Australians weren’t to be trifled with and paced their way through the course and the two crews moved out in front of the rest...

Four crews prepare for final showdown

Final Olympic Qualification Regatta begins 22 May in Lucerne, Switzerland; Australian Rowing Team prepares to compete at World Rowing Cup 2 Four Australian Rowing Team crews will compete this week at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta, in Lucerne, Switzerland, in a bid to secure four more boat-berths for Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Australia’s Men’s Eight, Women’s Eight, Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls and Men’s Single Sculls will all be aiming to book a berth for the Olympic regatta which commences on 6 August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The two Eights and the Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls must finish top two in their finals to qualify their boats, while the Men’s Single must finish top three to qualify for the Games. The Men’s Single Sculls has attracted the largest field of scullers, with 17 countries hoping to qualify for Rio. Australia’s Rhys Grant was based in Canberra prior to his departure for Europe and, alongside the rest of the Australian Rowing Team, has been based at the AIS European Training Centre, in Italy, in the lead-up to the event in Switzerland. With such a big field for the Men’s Singles, Grant will compete in one of the three heats on the opening day (22 May), while there are repechages and semi-finals to be contested before the finals on Sunday at 16:10 Local Time (00:10 AEST). The Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls, in which Hannah Every-Hall and Georgia Nesbitt will compete against crews from Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Switzerland and Sweden. The highly experienced Every-Hall, alongside young-gun Nesbitt, will begin with heats on Sunday 22 May with finals scheduled...

WPIAS partners with Rowing Australia

Rowing Australia announced today WPIAS Pty Ltd as an Official Supplier of Rowing Australia, providing the national sporting association with essential audit capabilities for the next two years. Rowing Australia is the peak national sporting body responsible for rowing from grassroots to elite levels, including the Australian Rowing Team. With seven affiliated states and territories and approximately 25, 000 members, Australia is one of the top five rowing nations in the world. With over 15 years of experience, and a specialised focus on audit and assurance services, WPIAS is one of Australia’s largest independent audit firms. WPIAS Chairman Reg Williams said he is excited to be partnering with such a prestigious national sporting organisation. “We see a strong alignment in what we do and with sport, particularly rowing.  Like rowing, we have a strict commitment to team development, training and quality control standards. “Commitment, team work and integrity are values that our organisation represents and are also synonymous with rowing and we felt this provides the foundation to grow a strong long term...

Brennan and Horrie crowned 2015 Female and Male Rowers of the Year

Brennan’s coach, Lyall McCarthy, named 2015 Coach of the Year; Dr Stephen Hinchy named 2015 Volunteer of the Year Kerry Hore named 2015 Rower’s Rower of the Year Rowing Australia today announced the winners of the prestigious 2015 Rower of the Year Awards. Announced at a glittering function over the weekend as part of the culmination of the Hancock Prospecting and Georgina Hope Foundation Destination Gold Camp, the Rower of the Year Awards celebrate Australia’s top rowers, coaches and volunteers. The night not only saw the celebration of Australia’s top rowers but also saw the Australian Rowing Team thank Mrs Gina Rinehart of the Hancock Prospecting Group and the Georgina Hope Foundation for her support of the team in the lead up to the 2016 international season. At the function, the team presented Mrs Rinehart with a signed zoot suit and also announced that the Women’s Quadruple Scull at the Reinhold Batschi National Training Centre would be named the ‘Georgina Hope Hancock Rinehart’ in honour of Mrs Rinehart. 2015 World Rowing Champions, Kim Brennan and Erik Horrie were named the Female and Male Rowers of the Year respectively on Saturday 7 May. Meanwhile, Brennan’s coach, Lyall McCarthy, was been named 2015 Coach of the Year. Dr Stephen Hinchy was named the 2015 Volunteer of the Year and Australian Rowing Team member, Kerry Hore, was named the 2015 Rower’s Rower of the Year. Brennan was named the 2015 Female Rower of the Year following a spectacular 2015 international season which saw her win every international race in 2015 and reclaim her World Champion status in the Women’s Single Scull. In...