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Archived latest news items: September 2009

Tuesday 29 September

RA media release:
Sydney Uni storms home to capture Great Race

The Sydney University women’s eight crew produced a breathtaking finish to capture rowing’s ‘Great Race’ in New Zealand last Sunday.

‘The Great Race’, held as part of ‘The Gallagher Great Race Festival’, is a rowing race held upstream on a 4.2km course through the New Zealand city of Hamilton. There is a race held for men and women.

Sydney Uni, who was invited to compete for the second year running, faced the might of the University of Waikato and despite giving them just over half a length with 200m remaining, came over the top of the New Zealand crew to win by half a length.

The crew of Sally Kehoe, Sarah Cook, Elizabeth Kell, Charlotte Walters, Emma Costello, Alisa Tremayne, Ashleigh Peppernell and Emma Cook, coxed by Ali Williams, won the toss of the coin prior to the race which gave them the option of finishing or starting in the current.

Coach Phil Bourguignon says this is where tactics came into play.

“We had to decide whether to finish in the current or start upstream and we chose to give ourselves the tougher start after winning the toss,” Bourguignon said. “The whole race is one of tactics and we just believed we had the fitness to come over Waikato in the latter stages of the race, which we were able to do.

“We were about three boat lengths down at the halfway point of the race but the crew upped the rate and hit the lead in the last ten strokes. They did a fantastic job.”

It was a good result for Sydney Uni, who was beaten in the same race in 2008, albeit with a crew with less experience.

In the men’s race, Waikato secured victory over Oxford University.

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041

Friday 25 September

NTID Elite Development Training Camp — AIS, Canberra, 14–20 December 2009

As part of Rowing Australia’s NTID and Elite Development Program for the upcoming 09/10 season we will be conducting a “New Talent” training camp at the AIS in Canberra.

The objectives of this national camp will be to:

  • provide new or recently identified athletes and coaches from respective state programs the opportunity to gain some invaluable training advice and feedback from some of Australia’s most experienced rowing coaches
  • monitor the progress of identified athletes within the elite development program
  • further the elite development of the attending athletes and coaches

Targeted Athletes

Application to this camp is open specifically to YOUTH age athletes (20 years and under to the end of 2010).

We will be targeting the following athlete groups:

  • Potential candidates for the 2010 and 2011 Junior and U23 Teams
  • Outstanding 2009 Youth Cup performing athletes
  • Newly identified youth age athletes
  • Selected athletes from the 2009 NTID NZ tour
  • Potential Lwt U23 candidates athletes

Approximately 30 athletes and five coaches will be invited to this national camp.

Nomination / Invitations

Athletes andcCoaches will be required to submit the nomination form (xls, 1.3mb) by Friday 20th November!

Athletes will be invited to this national camp based on the following.

  • NTID testing data
    • All nominating athletes must have completed the NTID Testing Battery prior to nomination.
    • This information will be provided as part of the nomination form.
  • Power Distance Ergo Test Week
    • All nominees will be required to complete the NRCE Power Distance Ergo Testing week between 30 Nov and 4 Dec 2009.
    • Monday AM: 500m and 100m max test
    • Monday PM: 30 min max distance R20
    • Wednesday AM: 6000m max test
    • Friday AM: 2000m max test
  • NTC Long Distance Time Trial results
    • We strongly encourage all aspiring athletes to participate in all of the upcoming monthly NTC Time Trials.
      • 26–27 Sept; 24–25 Oct; 21–22 Nov; 19–20 Dec; 23–24 Jan
      • NB: it is a requirement of all U23 National Team nominees to complete all NTC Time Trials.
    • The results of the September, October and November Time Trials will be viewed to assess invitations to this NTID Development Camp.
  • Previous rowing results
  • Consultation with the respective State NTC Head Coaches and Development Staff.
  • Wild Card invitation based on the discretion of the Elite Development Manager and NTID Senior Manager.

Coaches will be invited based on recent coaching background and also in consultation with the State NTC Head Coach and Development Staff.


If you have any queries relating to this training camp please feel free to contact:

Wayne Diplock
Senior Coordinator
National Talent Identification and Development
Australian Sports Commission
Tel: +61 2 6214 7216
Fax: +61 2 6285 2813
Mob: + 61 414 559 151

Friday 25 September

Junior Team, NTID Squad, and Youth Olympic Games Event Supplement 2010: now available

Download (pdf, 132kb)

Note — The Event Supplement must be read in conjunction with the National Selection Policy.

Tuesday 22 September

RA media release:
Sydney Uni faces upstream battle in Great Race

A Sydney University women’s eight crew will challenge the might of the University of Waikato in ‘The Great Race’ on Sunday 23 September.

‘The Great Race’, held as part of ‘The Gallagher Great Race Festival’, is a rowing race held upstream on a 4.2km course through the New Zealand city of Hamilton.

The final two events of the regatta feature scratch races between the University of Waikato’s men’s and women’s eights against one international crew, with the Sydney University women’s eight making their second successive appearance in the famous festival.

In 2008 due to the Olympic Games a largely developmental crew was sent across the Tasman to compete in the race, but a much stronger crew has been sent this year.

The crew will be stroked by Beijing Olympian Sally Kehoe, and also features fellow Olympians Elizabeth Kell and Sarah Cook. The crew will be coxed by Ali Williams, while Charlotte Walters, Emma Costello, Alisa Tremayne, Ashleigh Peppernell and Emma Cook are also part of the crew.

Sydney University Head Coach Phil Bourguignon says it is an honour to be invited to the festival for a second successive year.

“It is definitely a great privilege to be included in the festival as it attracts high calibre universities such as Cambridge and Oxford from Great Britain,” Bourguignon said. “Over 40,000 people sit on the bank and watch the crews fight the upstream currents so it makes for some very entertaining racing.

“It is very different to your normal rowing regatta and the work of the coxswain is integral to the performance as you need to avoid the currents, bridges and trees. It is a true match race, so will be a spectacle to watch.

“Last year we were soundly beaten by Waikato but I expect us to challenge strongly this year.”

The women’s race will provide the curtain raiser to the men’s eight race which this year will feature the home crew against Oxford University.

The event will be streamed live online at, with the women’s race commencing at 1.55pm AEST, followed by the men at 2.30pm AEST.

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041

Tuesday 22 September

Senior A, Adaptive, and Under 23 Event Supplement 2010: now available

Download (pdf, 132kb)

Note — The Event Supplement must be read in conjunction with the National Selection Policy.

Tuesday 22 September

Passing of an Olympian

Geoffrey Williamson, dual Olympic rower – Helsinki 1952 (Bronze Medallist) and Melbourne 1956.

Geoffrey passed away on Thursday 17th September 2009, aged 86 years.

Monday 14 September

MUBC 150th anniversary dinner commemorative video

Melbourne University Boat Club had its 150th anniversary recently. Watch M.U.B.C
A Brief History
a commemorative video put together by Michael and Harvey Nicholson.

Thursday 10 September

RA media release:
Oarsome Foursome swap gold for blue

Australia’s most famous rowing crew, the Oarsome Foursome, have reunited to ‘get blue’ for Blue September.

The 1992 Olympic crew of Nick Green, James Tomkins, Mike McKay and Andrew Cooper kicked off the campaign on the Yarra River and were filmed and photographed with their faces being painted blue in support of the campaign which encourages men to face up to cancer.

The Oarsome Foursome and Rowing Australia are committed to promoting healthy lifestyle choices for men.

Rowing Australia CEO Andrew Dee articulated the importance of the Blue September message.

“Rowing Australia enthusiastically supports the Blue September campaign that raises awareness of cancer in men,” Dee said. “As the ultimate team sport, rowers understand that you cannot be successful on the water without the total support and commitment of your crew mates.

“This philosophy is equally vital in enlisting the help of family and friends in promoting the awareness of cancers that men face and encouraging men to be proactive in managing their health.”

Blue September is specifically aimed at raising awareness about the most common cancers causing death in men: lung, prostate, bowel, pancreas and melanoma. With the exception of prostate cancer, these and many other cancer deaths could be prevented through lifestyle choices and early detection.

The campaign slogan of “Men Facing Up To Cancer” will be brought to life during the month of September by men, women and children painting their faces blue or expressing blue in some other way. Faces are therefore a central theme of the campaign. Famous faces such as the Oarsome Foursome will help encourage Australians to ‘get blue’ for Blue September.

Blue September will be encouraging men to commit to some key cancer-smart lifestyle choices:

  • Quitting smoking or helping a mate quit smoking
  • Being SunSmart
  • Eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight
  • Being physically active
  • Reducing alcohol intake
  • Having age-appropriate check-ups and screening tests at their GP

The public will be encouraged to collect face painting kits from outlets across Australia and get involved in the campaign to face up to cancer in men.

More information is available from the Rowing Australia website or at

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041

Tuesday 8 September

Australian Sports Commission Media Awards 2009

The Australian Sports Commission Media Awards — now in its eighth year — celebrates analytical and insightful presentation of sport and sporting issues by journalists, broadcasters and photographers.

The Awards are unique in the recognition of journalistic excellence in Australia, having multiple sport related categories and being the only dedicated sports media awards in Australia that allow different media to compete on their relative merits.

In 2009, the Awards categories are:

  1. Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to Sports Journalism
  2. Best Reporting of an Issue in Australian Sport
  3. Best Contribution to the Coverage of Sport - by an organisation
  4. Best Contribution to the Coverage of Sport - by an individual
  5. Best Profiling of an Athlete, Team or Coach - broadcast media
  6. Best Profiling of an Athlete, Team or Coach - print media
  7. Best Sports Journalism from Rural, Regional or Suburban Media
  8. Best Journalism on Community Sport
  9. Best Sports Photography
  10. Best Sports Journalism by a Student

Nominations for this year’s awards are now open. For more information and a copy of the nomination booklet please visit the ASC Media Awards website:

This year the ASC Media Awards presentation gala dinner will be at Crown Casino (Southbank, Melbourne) on Thursday 3 December 2009.

Thursday 3 September

HEBFOTO images from World Rowing Championships

HEBFOTOS now have images from the 2009 World Rowing Championships on their website at

Wednesday 2 September

Congratulations – John Boultbee

The annual FISA Congress was conducted yesterday, where Australia was represented by Patrick McNamara, David Deeble and Colin Smith. At the meeting, the Congress voted on the composition of the Executive Committee and re-elected John Boultbee to the Executive Committee for another term.

John will rejoin President Denis Oswald (Switzerland), Vice President Anita deFrantz (USA), Treasurer Mike Williams (Great Britain), Tricia Smith (Canada) and Jean Christophe Rolland (France) as the leaders of world rowing.

RA CEO Andrew Dee welcomed the outcome of the elections, “John’s re-election to the FISA Executive Committee is well deserved and extremely important to Australia and our region. Together with the other members of the Executive, rowing is strong hands going forward”.

“Rowing is a highly regarded world sport and the recent FISA elections have continued to ensure the broad representation and experience required to manage our sport in that challenging and competitive environment”, Dee said.

FISA press release:
2013 and 2014 World Rowing Championship Venues Confirmed

Tuesday 1 September

Yesterday delegates of the FISA Congress confirmed the attribution of the 2013 World Rowing Championships to the City of Chungju, Korea and Korean Rowing Association and the 2014 World Rowing Championships to the City of Amsterdam, The Netherlands and the Dutch Rowing Association. Denis Oswald was re-elected President of FISA, Anita DeFrantz was re-elected Vice President and Michael Williams was re-elected as Treasurer. Along with Oswald, DeFrantz and Williams, Tricia Smith of Canada, John Boultbee of Australia and Jean-Christophe Rolland of France were also re-elected to the Executive Committee.

The City of Chungju, Korea was confirmed as the venue for the 2013 World Rowing Championships. The FISA Council had decided that Chungju was the appropriate site based on the excellent sport conditions, the outstanding support for the bid from all levels of the Korean government and to attain the goal of universality by moving the top event in the sport around the world. Korean Rowing Association President Young Joon Han and Mayor Ho Buk Kim of Chungju were present to sign the Event Agreement and Mr Woo Taik Chung governor of Chungcheonbuk-Do province thanked the delegates for their support.

The City of Amsterdam was also confirmed as the site for the 2014 World Rowing Championships. The Council had proposed, in an exceptional move, to award two championships at the same congress in recognition of the complete re-construction of the Bosbaan International Regatta Course over the past ten years as well as the strong support of the Amsterdam municipality. Many events take place on this course each year and the Dutch Rowing Federation, Presided by Eric Niehe, is one of the most successful members of FISA.

Three time rowing Olympian and IOC Executive Board member Denis Oswald was re elected to his sixth mandate as president of FISA. Oswald was elected by acclamation and received a long standing ovation for his 20 years presiding over FISA. Oswald successfully Chaired the IOC's Coordination Commission for the Athens Olympic Games and currently Chairs the London 2012 Coordination Commission. Two time US Olympic Rowing Team member and former IOC Vice President Anita DeFrantz was re-elected to her fifth term as Vice President of FISA. DeFrantz is the Chair of the IOC Women's Commission which has made tremendous progress in advancing the equality of treatment of women in the sport movement. Michael Williams, former Cambridge Boat Race Coxswain and recognized expert in international finance, was also re-elected to his fifth term on the FISA Executive Committee.

Three time Olympian in rowing and Canadian National Olympic Committee Senior Vice President Tricia Smith was re-elected to the FISA Executive Committee on which she has served since 1997. Smith is a successful lawyer from Vancouver and is also a member of the International Board of the Court of Arbitration for Sport. John Boultbee of Australia was also re-elected to the FISA Executive Committee for a further four year term. Boultbee, former Secretary General of FISA, is Head of National Teams for the Australian Football Federation. Olympic gold medalist from Sydney and Chair of the FISA Athletes Commission Jean-Christophe Rolland was also re-elected to his second term on the FISA Executive Committee.

The Congress also elected Trakai, Lithuania to host the 2013 World Rowing Under 23 Championships. The venues for the 2011 Rowing World Cup were confirmed as Munich, Germany, followed by Hamburg, Germany and finishing in Lucerne, Switzerland. It will be the first time for the Rowing World Cup in Hamburg on the new eight lane international regatta course an arm of the Elbe River. The FISA Council announced that Duisburg, Germany will be host of the 2012 World Rowing Masters Regatta.

Finally, the Congress gave a five minute standing ovation to 77 year old Thor Nilsen, FISA's Development Director, in recognition of his having been named to receive the Olympic Order in recognition of his work as a leading international coach and head of FISA's Development Programme since 1985. The technical quality of the sport of rowing has never been higher and rowers from around the world have, for generations, been touched by Norwegian Nilsen who continues coaching and developing rowing to this day on a full time basis.

For more information - FISA media contact:
Marion Gallimore, Marketing and Communications Manager
Tel: +41 21 617 83 73 or direct +41 21 612 02 26, mobile +41 79 706 72 55

On-site FISA Media Officer and Website Editor:
Debora Feutren, Publications and Website Editor
Mobile: +41 79 793 56 00

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