Wednesday 4 December
RA media release:
Rowing Australia appoints four new Life Members
New constitution approved in line with ASC’s Mandatory Governance Principles; Andrew Guerin joins RA Board
Rowing Australia (RA) today announced the appointment of four new Life Members at the conclusion of its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held over the weekend in Melbourne, Victoria.
Three former Olympic gold medallists and Thomas Keller Medal winners have been appointed to Life Membership for the first time, Mike McKay, James Tomkins and Peter Antonie, were voted in unanimously during the AGM, and the trio are joined by Michael Eastaughffe, of Rowing South Australia. Their appointment to the highest honour of Life Membership serves to recognise their association with Rowing Australia for at least 10 years and their service to rowing at a national and international level.
Eastaughffe’s appointment to Life Member comes after many years of valuable service to Rowing Australia, while McKay, Tomkins and Antonie all become Life Members as distinguished former athletes who have represented Australian rowing to the highest level. (See notes to editors for more information on all four new Life Members).
The 1992 ‘Oarsome Foursome’ crew has seen two of its members appointed Life Members of RA. Mike McKay, second left and James Tomkins, far right.
Peter Antonie, left, celebrating winning the men’s double scull gold medal at the 1992 Olympics, has been appointed a Life Member of RA.
Speaking on the appointment of the four new Life Members, RA President Colin Smith said: “I am delighted to welcome all four new Life Members into the fold. Their appointment serves to recognise their service to Rowing Australia and the sport of rowing over the years and I would like to offer my hearty congratulations to them on all their achievements.”
The AGM also saw the approval of RA’s new constitution in accordance with the Australian Sports Commission’s (ASC) Mandatory Governance Principles. RA’s seven State Associations (SA) have also agreed on a process that will result in them adopting the relevant required governance changes and complying with the ASC’s requirements.
The RA Board, with the assistance of the ASC, engaged experienced consultants to conduct a whole of sport governance development project to ensure that the governance of RA and the SAs is compliant with the Mandatory Governance Principles. The new constitutions, of both RA and its SAs, will continue to provide the underpinning framework from which Australian rowing can grow and achieve sustainable success.
Mr Smith commented on the new governance: “We at Rowing Australia are pleased to have passed our new constitution in accordance with the ASC’s requirements and I would also like to express my gratitude to the SAs for their hard work alongside the ASC to enhance the governance of our sport across the country.”
Finally, the AGM also saw the appointment of Life Member Andrew Guerin to the RA Board. Guerin, who relinquished his position of President of Rowing Victoria to assume his role on the RA Board, has significant experience in club, state, national and international rowing.
Notes to editors
Please find below short biographies on the four new RA Life Members
Michael Eastaughffe, of Rowing South Australia, has provided many years of valuable service to Rowing Australia. He has held the position of Australian Team Manager at two World Championships (1998 and 1999) and the Olympic Games in 2000. He also has held the role of FISA Umpire at the World Championships (2002 and 2010), Paralympic Games (2008) and Olympic Games (2012), was an RA Councillor from 1991 to 2013 and has been an RA Technical Delegate on RA events for over 10 years.
An outstanding athlete, who rowed for Australia from 1986 to 2004, McKay was part of the famous ‘Oarsome Foursome’ winning two gold, one silver and one bronze medal at the Olympic Games and multiple gold and silver medals at the World Championships. McKay also dominated Australian King's Cup rowing for over a decade. He served on the Board of Rowing Australia for two years and was the Chair of the AOC Athlete’s Commission and on the AOC Board for three years. McKay has been awarded the Order of Australia, inducted into both the Rowing Victoria and Sport Australia Halls of Fame and was awarded the Thomas Keller Medal in 2007.
An exceptional oarsman who rowed for Australia from 1986 to 2008, including within the ‘Oarsome Foursome’, Tomkins won three gold and one bronze medal at the Olympic Games. In addition to his Olympic achievements, Tomkins has experienced great success at World Championship level and is the only athlete to have won gold medals in all sweep categories (M8+, M4+, M4-, M2+ and M2-). He also dominated the King's Cup over a long period. Tomkins has been a long serving member of the RA Athlete’s Commission, served as Chair of the AOC Athlete’s Commission, was a member of the AOC Board and is a current member of the IOC Executive. He has been awarded an Order of Australia, is a member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and has been inducted into the Rowing Victoria Hall of Fame. Tomkins was awarded the Thomas Keller Medal in 2010.
Antonie, who rowed for Australia from 1977 to 2000, is one of the few athletes to have medalled at the World Championships both as a Lightweight and as a Heavyweight, including winning multiple medals. Antonie’s win in the Olympic Games in the M2x was Australia's first Olympic gold medal for 44 years. He is the only Australian to win the President's Cup, King's Cup and Penrith Cup. Antonie has served as President of MUBC since 1996, and has coached at both club and school level. He has received numerous awards in recognition of his outstanding career and service to rowing, including the Order of Australia Medal, the Australian Sports Medal and membership of the Rowing Victoria Hall of Fame. Antonie was awarded the Thomas Keller Medal in 2003.
For more information, please contact:
Rowing Australia – Media and Communications Manager
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Thursday 28 November
Vale Brian Dalton
It is with great sadness Rowing Australia announces the death of Brian Dalton overnight.
Brian began rowing in 1964 at the South Melbourne Rowing Club where he remained until moving to Melbourne Rowing Club in 1973. He coached at Albert Park Rowing Club and South Melbourne and first coached women at the YWCA Rowing Club in 1978. The YWCA crew won the state titles and he was appointed state coach to women in 1980. From 1980 to 1986 he was MULRC women’s lightweight coach.
He briefly stopped coaching in 1986 following the Commonwealth Games. From 1990–1993 Brian coached lightweight women and from 1995–1997 was AIS coach for the women’s eight which went to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. In 1990 he coached the silver-medal-winning women’s lightweight four at the Lake Barrington World Championships in Tasmania. He continued to coach the lightweight fours to world championships in Vienna (1992) and Czechslovakia (1993).
Thursday 28 November
Australian Masters Rowing Championships 2014: Exhibitors EOI
Rowing South Australia will host the 2014 Australian Masters Rowing Championships, to be held on the AM Ramsay Regatta Course at West Lakes from the 1st to the 4th of May, 2014.
Rowing South Australia invites your business to join as a key part of this exciting event in May 2014.
Thursday 28 November
Anna Tree seeking sponsorship from the rowing community
Hello Australian rowing community!
Well, I ain’t as fit as I used to be, but here I find myself, a few days away from launching myself onto Tasmania with only a bike to get myself around the entire Apple Isle! Why? It's because I'm taking part in the Amy's Share the Road Tour raising money to support the safety work of the Amy Gillett Foundation. We are riding 1100km with 10,000m vertical climbing over seven days in Tasmania. Yikes!
Amy used to ride in the Australian Cycling Team, but I knew Amy from her rowing days back in the 1990s, and so would many of you. As young South Australian women, Amy and I represented Australia together at the Junior World Rowing Championships in Germany way back in 1994. Amy was, tragically, killed instantly on impact by a young driver while she was training in Germany in July 2005. There are too many cyclists injured and killed on Australian roads each year - this Share the Road Tour is my contribution to both celebrating Amy's life, and promoting cycling safety.
As rowers, many of us use cycling for either training, or commuting, and are aware of the risks we face on our roads every day. While some drivers are reasonable with cyclists, I’m sure all of you, like me, have had cars and buses come too close while cycling on our roads, and had abuse and obscenities hurled at you while riding along. We need to improve and encourage a better culture of sharing on our roads.
I am aiming to raise $10,000 for The Amy Gillett Foundation and I have kick started the process with a $1,000 donation. Whether you can donate $2, $20 or $200, I thoroughly appreciate the support (all donations $2 and over are tax deductible). Please leave a comment for me too - I'll be using your words to inspire me to get through 160kms per day around the hilly roads of beautiful Tasmania! To those of you who have already donated – thank you - I’m stoked to have your support!
You can donate at my fundraising page here:
Thanks for your support!
Wednesday 27 November
2013 National Time Trial Invitation List
Rowing Australia is pleased to announce the athlete invitees (pdf, 297kb) to compete in next month’s National Time Trial series on the Nepean River from the 13th – 15th December.
This time trials series marks the beginning of the 2014 national selection process and will provide good information to selectors and lead coaches prior to the National Senior Camps in January 2014.
Athletes will compete in all boat classes within their category across the three days of trials.
DRAFT – Overview Program
|Wednesday 11th December
||Training Day / RA Staff onsite from 12 noon.
|Thursday 12th December
||Compulsory Trials Briefing
|Friday 13th December
||5km Time Trial #1
||5km Time Trial #2
|Saturday 14th December
||5km Time Trial #3
||PM (Time TBA)
||Category Lead Coaches meeting
|Sunday 15th December
||5km Time Trial #4
||1km + 2 x 500m race pieces
||Athlete and coach trials debrief
Monday 25 November
Australian Masters Rowing Championships 2014: bulletin 1
Rowing SA and the Organising Committee are delighted to have the opportunity to welcome all Masters Rowers to South Australia for the 2014 Australian Masters Rowing Championships.
Bulletin 1 (pdf, 213kb) is now available.
Friday 15 November
2014 Sydney International Rowing Regatta Volunteer Registration is now open!
Following from the release of the 2014 SIRR Volunteer Information Bulletin, the online volunteer registration form is now active and taking names. Volunteers registering will be able to get a User Name and Password, and log-in to the website to amend details and availability. Included in the registration form are Position Descriptions for all exciting volunteer roles available at the 2014 event.
"All of those who took part in 2013 paid tribute to the friendliness, helpfulness and hard work of our volunteers" Event Board Chairman John Boultbee said. "We thank those who contributed as volunteers in 2013, and humbly ask them to consider joining us again in 2014".
To register as a volunteer for the 2014 Sydney International Rowing Regatta please click here. If you have any questions regarding volunteering at SIRR please contact the Volunteer Coordinator Shirley Stokes on email@example.com.
Thursday 14 November
Kim Crow shares AIS Athlete of the Year Award
World Champion Kim Crow’s fantastic 2013 season continued at the AIS Awards in Canberra on 14th November where she was crowned joint winner of the 2013 Athlete of the Year award, sharing the honour with BMX world champion Caroline Buchanan.
Crow created history by becoming the first Australian to win a gold medal in the women’s single scull at the 2013 World Rowing Championships in South Korea. Crow remained undefeated throughout the 2013 International season, also claiming victory in two World Cup regattas and the Australian Rowing Championship title. The success came just 14 months after Crow’s first International race in the single scull, a whirlwind period which has seen her also win a Silver medal in the Women’s Double Scull and a Bronze medal in the Women’s Single Scull at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Crow was the only athlete to double up at the Olympic regatta, making her performance in winning medals in both events an even more remarkable achievement.
The AIS Athlete of the Year Award is another wonderful recognition for Crow who was also recently honoured with the World Rowing (FISA) Female Rower of the Year Award and the Prime Minister’s Award for Women in Sport.
Rowing Australia congratulates Kim on her wonderful achievement and her successes throughout 2013. Crow is now setting her sights on the 2016 Rio de Janiero Olympic Games where she hopes to become the first Australian to win an Olympic Gold medal in the Women’s Single Scull.
Crow and Buchanan were chosen from a very strong list of finalists that included Matthew Cowdrey (swimming), Cate Campbell (swimming), Evan O’Hanlon (athletics) and Alex Pullin (snowboard).
Buchanan had an outstanding year in 2013 claiming two world championships, the BMX world title in New Zealand and the UCI Four Cross World Championship in Austria.
AIS Director Matt Favier congratulated Buchanan and Crow on their outstanding years and winning the award. “Given the calibre of the finalists and the successful year they have all had in 2013 it was again a very difficult task to pull out a winner,” Favier said. “In the end we couldn’t split the performances of Caroline and Kim. It demonstrates the strength of our sporting women in Australia and the contribution they are making to Australia’s Winning Edge.”
Previous winners of the award include walker Kerry Saxby-Junna (1986-89), swimmers Michael Klim (1998 and 1999) and Petria Thomas (2001 and 2002), gymnast Philippe Rizzo (2001 and 2006), aerial skier Lydia Lassila (2010), track cyclist Anna Meares (2007 and 2011) and joint winners swimmer Alicia Coutts and sailor Tom Slingsby (2012).