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Archived latest news items: December 2009

Thursday 24 December

2010–2012 Selection Policy and related documents: now available

The 2010–2012 Selection Policy, Appeals Policy, updated Event Requirements and Nomination forms have now been released and are available via the selection policy page.


Thursday 24 December

World Rowing e-newsletter, December 2009: now available

Read the December 2009 e-newsletter and subscribe to future editions.


Wednesday 23 December

Rowing Australia response to Crawford Report

Rowing Australia welcomes the opportunity to discuss the recommendations of the Independent Sports Panel’s report on the Australian sports system and to provide input to the response by the Australian Government. Rowing Australia has actively engaged with both the Australian Olympic Committee and Australian Sports Commission in preparing a response to the Crawford Report and submitted the attached letter (pdf, 188kb) to the Federal Minister for Sport to provide input to the Australian Government’s response.


Wednesday 23 December

Rowing Australia Annual Report 2008–2009: now available

Download (pdf, 1.5mb)

View previous years' annual reports.


Wednesday 23 December

RA media release:
Rowing Australia welcomes new lake guidelines

Rowing Australia has come out in support of ACT Health’s Draft Management Strategy after regulations for use of Lake Burley Griffin during algal blooms were relaxed today.

The Australian rowing program has been interrupted by lake closures over the last 18 months, leaving Australian team training in limbo and creating financial difficulties. For every day the program is moved away from the AIS in Canberra the estimated cost was $5000.

Lake Burley Griffin, the focal point around which Canberra was built in 1913, has suffered from increased blue green algae problems, but the new management plan paves the way for water activities with only secondary contact with the water to proceed during heightened risk times.

Sports including rowing, sailing and kayaking, where water contact is only minimal, will be allowed to continue their activity on the lake, providing that safety measures are in place in the rare event that full water submersion occurs.

A number of public consultation sessions have been conducted over the past 12 month period, with Rowing Australia, ACT Rowing and the AIS rowing program all participating in the discussions led by ACT Health and other related authorities.

Rowing Australia CEO Andrew Dee says the process must be commended for its final outcome.

“Rowing Australia is supportive of the Draft Management Strategy and congratulates ACT Health on the process it conducted,” Dee said. “The decision to allow rowing to continue training during times where there is increased algal bloom will allow us to firmly plan for events to be held here in the future.

“Preparations for our Olympic campaign in 2012 and annual World Championships will no longer be hindered by lake closures.”

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041


Wednesday 23 December

Guest breaks two world records

Three time Olympian Paul Guest is continuing his celebrations after breaking two ergometer world records for his age category. Guest, who rowed for Australia at the 1960,1964 and 1968 Olympics, is now the Chair of the Rowing Australia appeals tribunal. He broke the 1000m record for the 70 year old class, recording a time of 3:19.9, before breaking the 2000m record that has existed since 1999. The previous record, held by an American rower, was 7:02.6, but this was no match for Guest who stopped the clock at 6:56.07. Guest described holding two world records as “At my age it’s like having chocolate on ice cream.”


Tuesday 22 December

Coach accreditation information – Sports Accreditation Online

Attention all rowing coaches. Rowing Australia is no longer sending certificates out at the end of a course. Instead, the Australian Sports Commission provides the capacity for coaches to print their own from the Sports Accreditation Online (SAO) website, a site to which all coaches are regularly uploaded. Full details >>


Monday 21 December

RA media release:
Vanuatu gains benefit of Rowing Australia donation

Rowing Australia has donated 14 rowing boats to Vanuatu as work continues to build a rowing community in the South Pacific region.

Tim Merrick, an Australian businessman currently residing in Vanuatu, formed the Vanuatu Rowing Association and approached the international governing body of rowing, FISA, for assistance in developing the program.

John Coates, who serves as the Oceania delegate on the FISA council, and John Boultbee, FISA Executive Board Member, contacted Rowing Australia who sent out a request for donations to the fledgling rowing nation.

Boat donations came from a variety of sources, including one from the Olympic Boat Fleet Trust, an entity jointly created by RA and the AOC to manage Australia’s elite rowing fleet.

Along with the boat donations, FISA picked up the cost of transporting the boats to Vanuatu, while former AIS and Australian Head Coach, Reinhold Batschi, will provide technical assistance in Vanuatu once the boats have arrived.

The support from the community was overwhelming, with the value of the donations, transport and technical assistance in the vicinity of $40,000.

The success of the program in Vanuatu is hoped to create a spill over effect in the rest of the South Pacific region, which would allow further boats and assistance to be provided to the area in the future.

Rowing Australia CEO Andrew Dee says the donation shows the powerful nature of sport in Australia and our region.

“As the debate continues over the recommendations of the Crawford Report into the future of Australian sport, Rowing Australia has continued to demonstrate the diverse and often intangible value of amateur sport by donating 14 rowing boats and oars to the South Pacific region,” Dee said. “This donation will hopefully kick start the sport of rowing in Vanuatu and continue the spread of our sport worldwide.”

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041


Friday 18 December

2010 Rowing Australia Supporters Tours

Rowing Australia, through its official travel management company, is offering all inclusive Supporters Tours to all 2010 events including the 2010 Worlds Championships in Lake Karapiro, New Zealand.

New Zealand Supporters Packages will be made available in three different tiers; an Executive Package, an Economy Package and a Budget Package. All Supporters packages will be inclusive of airfares, accommodation, ground transport and FISA Family Grandstand tickets. Additional tourist extensions of Supporters Packages will also be available. Exact pricing and package details are currently being finalised and will be released early in 2010.

Supporters Tours are also being developed for:

  • Junior World Championships in Racice, Czech Republic (4th to 7th August)
  • Under 23 World Championships in Brest, Belarus (22nd to 25th July)
  • Henley Royal Regatta and the Lucerne World Cup (30th June to 11th July)

Availability for all Supporters Tours is limited. To guarantee priority access to packages please send an expression of interest including number of desired packages and contact details to Matt Treglown at mtreglown@rowingaustralia.com.au.


Friday 18 December

NRCE boats for sale

The National Rowing Centre Excellence has a number of boats for sale – see details (pdf, 184kb).

They are separated into two categories:

  1. Boats that are available for purchase now – full payment is required to confirm the purchase of these boats; and
  2. Boats that are available for purchase in November 2010 – a 10% deposit is required to confirm the purchase of these boats.

Obviously there will be more interest than what we can deliver. Therefore speed of your response will give priority however the purchase will only be guaranteed upon receiving the full payment or deposit.

Please contact Sam Irvine (sam.irvine@ausport.gov.au) if you have any questions or would like to make a deposit, etc.


Thursday 17 December

FISA press release:
World Rowing announces the 2009 Awards winners

Wednesday 16 December

FISA, the International Rowing Federation, is proud to announce that the winners of the 2009 World Rowing Awards have been selected for each of the five awards categories Coach of the Year, Female Crew of the Year, Male Crew of the Year and Distinguished Services to Rowing. This year also marks the launch of the Adaptive Crew of the Year Award.

Six rowing personalities shall be honoured this year to recognise their outstanding performance throughout the 2009 World Rowing season.

The winners of this year's awards are:

2009 World Rowing Coach of the Year: Tom Terhaar - Head Women's Coach, USA

2009 World Rowing Female Crew of the Year: Erin Cafaro, Susan Francia - USA Women's Pair (W2-)

2009 World Rowing Male Crew of the Year: Mahe Drysdale - NZL Men's Single (M1x)

2009 World Rowing Adaptive Crew of the Year: Tom Aggar - GBR Adaptive Men's Single (ASM1x)

2009 World Rowing Distinguished Service to International Rowing: Don Rowlands, NZL

The awards will be handed out on the occasion of the 2010 World Rowing Gala Dinner, which is to take place during the annual Coaches Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark on Saturday 23 January 2010.

For the first time this year, the World Rowing award nominations were submitted by the general public. Finalists were selected by the FISA Council and the winners were carefully chosen by FISA's Executive Committee during a meeting last month.

Media wishing to attend the Awards ceremony should contact Marion Gallimore, FISA Marketing and Communications Manager at marion.gallimore@fisa.org or tel.: +41 21 617 83 73 or mobile +41 79 706 72 55. Photos and comments shall be posted on www.worldrowing.com and will be available after the event.

ABOUT THE 2009 WORLD ROWING AWARDS WINNER

2009 World Rowing Coach of the Year

Tom Terhaar, USA

USA Women's head coach since 2001, Terhaar's achievements this year include the W2- and W8+ gold medals in the World Rowing Championships.

Past achievements with the US women's team also include world champion titles in the women's eight in 2007 2006 and 2005, 2002. His crews also achieved World Championship titles in W4- (2007 and 2003), W8+ Olympic gold in 2008 (the first gold medal in this event since 1984) and Olympic silver in 2004 (first medal since 1984).

2009 World Rowing Female Crew of the Year

USA W2-
Erin Cafaro, Zsuzsana (Susan) Francia

Achievements in 2009
2009 World Rowing Champions in W2- and W8+
RWC III - 2nd in the W8+

Other achievements
Erin Cafaro and Susan Francia have been rowing together in the US women's eight for several years, but only came together as a pair in 2009 having both made different attempts in this boat with other partners. Their first international event as a pair in Poznan this year resulted in a close win.

2009 World Rowing Male Crew of the Year

NZL M1x
Mahe Drysdale

Achievements in 2009
2009 World Champion
2009 RWC II - 1st
2009 RWC III - 1st

Other achievements
Four consecutive World Championship titles and an Olympic bronze in Beijing.

2009 World Rowing Adaptive Crew of the Year

GBR ASM1x
Tom Aggar

Achievements in 2009
2009 World Rowing Champion & WBT

Other achievements
Tom Aggar has domintated his boat class since 2007 when he appeared on the scene and took gold at the Munich World Rowing Championships. He is 2008 Paralympic Champion and World Champion 2009 when he also set the current world best time of 4:51.48..

2009 World Rowing Distinguished Service to International Rowing

NZL
Don Rowlands

Chairman of the 1978 World Championship Organising Committee in New Zealand, many considered this one of the best ever championships. His outstanding performance with the New Zealand organising committee earned him the Olympic Order medal in 1982. He has dedicated decades of Service to rowing in Oceania and is an Honorary FISA Council Member. Rowlands is a former New Zealand rower. He has a silver and gold medal from the 1950 and 1951 British Empire Games in the men's eight and competed in the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne. He is still very actively involved in the sport.

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
E-mail: marion.gallimore@fisa.org


Wednesday 16 December

RA media release:
Young talent given chance to impress

Australia’s brightest young rowing talent has convened in Canberra this week for a National Talent Identification and Development (NTID) camp at the Australian Institute of Sport as the search continues for Australia’s next batch of international rowers.

The NTID program aims to identify athletes with Olympic medal winning characteristics from around Australia and provide them with a series of development steps.

One of the primary objectives of the camp will be to provide an elite level training camp and learning environment for all athletes who are seen as potential 2010–11 National Team candidates. The athlete categories targeted for the camp are Junior, Youth/U23 and Lightweight.

The 38 rowers taking part in the seven day camp at the National Rowing Centre of Excellence will complete a number of on water sessions, combining this with technical video work, sports science education and strength and conditioning work in the AIS gym.

After over 200 athletes nominated from across Australia in a bid to attend the camp, the NTID unit carefully selected the final number of attendees.

National High Performance Director Andrew Matheson says these rowers are a vital part of the Rowing Australia framework.

“While it is always important to have a strong base of senior athletes to choose from for current national teams, the nurturing and development of younger athletes is also crucial for long term success,” Matheson said. “Although our planning process is currently focused on London 2012, it would be naive to not plan for the long term future.

“The rowers that are attending the camp this week all possess qualities that have the potential to be developed further and I am sure that some of the athletes here will represent Australia at Senior level in the future.”

The camp commenced on Monday with introductory speeches from Senior A athletes David Crawshay and Sally Kehoe, and will conclude on Sunday 20 December.

For more information please call
David Polglase on 0401 453 041

JUNIOR MEN STATE
Matt Barnier ACT
Tom Bowditch NSW
Tom Sacre NSW
Tom Gunton NSW
Tom McClintock NSW
Tom Coates QLD
Matthew Cochran WA
David Watts WA
Michael Stott WA
Nicholas Purnell (cox) ACT
   
YOUTH MEN STATE
Riley Owen ACT
Hamish Playfair NSW
Scott Woodward NSW
Tom Sullivan SA
Paul Barrett TAS
Elliott Bannan VIC
Louis Strauss VIC
Zachary Smith VIC
Josh Booth VIC
   
LWT MEN STATE
Adam Kachyckyj QLD
Sam Hall TAS
Oliver Wilson-Haffenden TAS
Tim Widdicombe WA
   
JUNIOR WOMEN STATE
Eliza Flint NSW
Chloe Hill QLD
Adeladie Dadic QLD
Regan Spark QLD
Eleanor Wilson QLD
Olympia Aldersey SA
Emma Basher SA
Ciona Wilson TAS
Katrina Bateman VIC
   
YOUTH/U23 WOMEN STATE
Caitlin McCormack ACT
Emma Costello NSW
Renee Chatterton SA
Ashleigh Miles WA
Tess Gerrard NSW
   
LWT WOMEN STATE
Olivia Heath NSW
Annabel Gibson TAS

Wednesday 16 December

FISA press release:
World Rowing Event overhaul to target media appeal

Monday 14 December

The International Rowing Federation (FISA) has announced an overhaul of the finals programme at World Rowing events which would bring the Olympic and World Championships finals to be raced over four days instead of two. The changes could be implemented as early as 2010.

At the centre of these changes is the desire to make World Rowing events more appealing to media, especially to broadcasting. After extensive consultations with broadcasting and media experts, two main recommendations came forward: more finals days and shorter programming.

In response to these recommendations, the FISA Council has decided to change the Olympic programme in rowing to spread finals over four days. This decision is in line with discussions with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG). Two scenarios are being discussed and both scenarios will treat rowers in the same event equally in terms of racing and rest days as well as aim to have a rest day following repechages and, if possible, one between semifinals and finals.

The FISA Council also decided to hold the World Rowing Championship finals over four days, with the exact scenario being decided by the FISA Council in January 2010. It is possible that this change could be implemented as early as the 2010 World Rowing Championships.

The format of the three annual Rowing World Cup events shall be reviewed to find ways to attract more broadcasting from general interest television channels. The main idea is to create a one-hour programme featuring the 'blue ribbon' events, the singles and the eights. The finals of these events would be held at the end of the finals programme and the television package would include background information on the athletes, live interviews with the winners and the victory ceremonies. All other events would still be host broadcasted and available to international broadcasters. Television partners and the organising committees are being consulted on this at the moment.

The days of competition at the World Rowing Junior Championships have also been reviewed, with the proposal of moving the regatta to be raced from Thursday through to Sunday rather than the present Wednesday to Saturday programme. A further decision is to spread the finals over two days. This proposal is aimed at both the World Rowing Junior Championships and the World Rowing Under 23 Championships and, again, is to spread out the excitement generated by the medals ceremonies. At present the Under 23 Championships include 21 finals so spreading them over two days will make for a much more manageable amount of finals. Both 2010 organising committees for these events are positive about the changes and the exact programming will be decided in January.

National rowing federations have been asked to submit comments to FISA by 15 January 2010 with the FISA Council meeting again on 22 January 2010 to finalise the programmes for these 2010 World Rowing Events.

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
E-mail: marion.gallimore@fisa.org


Wednesday 16 December

Winners announced for the 2009 ASC Media Awards

The winners of the 2009 Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Media Awards were announced at a gala presentation at Melbourne's Crown Casino 3 December.

Congratulations to all winners and finalists. For a full list of winners and finalists please visit the ASC Media Awards website.

The ASC received a very high standard of entries in 2009 and look forward to receiving more entries in 2010.


Monday 14 December

Athletes take the most out of national camps

The NRCE hosted two camps last week at the AIS in Canberra with 39 men and women heavyweight scullers and lightweight rowers featuring.

With preparations underway for both the 2010 domestic and international seasons, Australian coaches had the opportunity to get their first look of the new season at both rowers from 2009 and those returning after a break from the sport.

The men’s heavyweight sculling group is looking particularly strong heading into the new season, with a number of those vying for selection attending the camp last week. The 2009 men’s quad scull that won a silver medal at the World Rowing Championships – Dan Noonan, David Crawshay, Nick Hudson and Jared Bidwell – will face stiff opposition for seats in the coming year as a number of rowers look to force their way back onto the team, including 2008 Olympians James McRae and Chris Morgan.

David Crawshay, 2009 Australian Rowing Team Captain, says the camps are an important part of the rowing program.

“I think the team is coming together really well and the camp has given us a good opportunity to all be in the same place and get some solid work in,” Crawshay said. “These camps are great in trialling a few different crews and trying different combinations ahead of the new season.

Crawshay continued by saying his training regime will be slightly different for the next rowing season.

“I’ve been keeping my training fairly low key as next year is a long year, and have been trying to mix up my training with bike training and other off water activities.

“It will be important not to peak too early next year as the World Championships are in November, when they are usually in August.”

The men’s lightweight squad have also welcomed the return of a number of its more experienced statesman, with notable returns at the camp from the Tasmanian trio of Sam Beltz, Tom Gibson and Anthony Edwards. Beltz and Gibson looked refreshed at the six-day camp and will now look to build a solid platform in the three years leading up to the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Beltz, who rowed in the men’s lightweight double scull with Tom Gibson in Beijing, says the break has brought him back refreshed for the next Olympic cycle.

“I think I needed the year off after Beijing, not just from the physical point of view but also to get back into the right headspace,” Beltz said. “Now that I’m back this camp has been great to see some of the new faces in the rowing squad and I’m really enjoying it.

“There’s some good up and coming guys and it's not going to be easy to make it into the team this year coming, let alone London in 2012, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.

“Beijing was a bit disappointing as we entered the regatta a genuine medal chance, but it gives us a good motivation to be more successful in the future.”

The women’s camp commenced on Thursday and ran through to Sunday, with a number of familiar faces returning to the fold under the watchful eye of head coach Lyall McCarthy. Kerry Hore, now on scholarship at the AIS after taking a year off after Beijing, was joined at the camp by returning members of the 2008 women’s eight, Sarah Heard, Liz Kell and Pauline Frasca. Robyn Selby Smith and Phoebe Stanley, who both rowed internationally during the 2008 season also attended the four-day camp as they look to kick start their rowing careers once again, while 2009 team members Pippa Savage, Sally Kehoe, Kim Crow and Sarah Cook also participated.

2009 World Rowing Championships finalists in the women’s lightweight double scull, Alice McNamara and Bronwen Watson, led the list of attendees in the women’s lightweight group during the camp, and were joined by the strong, young Tasmanian contingent of Ella Flecker, Carly Cottam and Ingrid Fenger, while Lisa Szatsznajder continued to impress as she continued her switch from heavyweight to lightweight rowing.

National High Performance Director Andrew Matheson says the 2010 season will provide strong competition for seats.

“In 2009 we had the chance to bring a whole new group of athletes into the team and it has allowed us to strengthen the program,” Matheson said. “These camps have allowed us to bring all the athletes together and get them working together and set the platform for London.

“At this stage we are looking at getting the majority of our key Olympians from Beijing back into the program and that can only be a good thing.

“These rowers can now start building towards nationals in March and then the selections trials in April.”

The next camp to be held at the NRCE will be for the heavyweight men’s sweep group and will run from 3–9 January.


Friday 11 December

Fenner and Yates inducted as life members

David Yates and Barbara Fenner have been admitted as life members of Rowing Australia, joining the eight previously inducted members.

Both David and Barbara have made a significant contribution to Australian rowing and are worthy recipients of the accolade.

David has established himself as one of Australia’s longest serving national selectors, completing his 17th season in 2009, having initially sat on his first selection panel in 1989.

As a coach he was successful in guiding the men’s lightweight single scull to a gold medal in 1986 at the World Championships, while in 1988 he presided over the men’s quad scull and men’s single scull at the Olympic Games in Seoul.

David was also the national assistant team manager for the rowing section at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and has been the coach of numerous winning scullers in the President’s Cup and national regattas.

Barbara competed in the women’s eight for Australia at the 1978 World Championships in New Zealand but has also been heavily involved in the coaching and administration of the sport over the past 30 years.

She was the national team manager at the 1984 World Championships, the Assistant Manager in 1985 and then an established coach of Australian crews between 1987 and 1995. She coached the Australian women’s lightweight four to a silver medal at the 1988 World Championships and the junior men’s coxless four to bronze in 1994.

Barbara has been a selector at both junior and under 23 level for Australia, and was a selector for the Senior A team for the first time in 2009. She was the RA National Director of Coach Education from 1997–2002, has been a member of the FISA Youth Commission, as well as the General Manager of the South Australian Rowing Association.

Rowing Australia would like to congratulate both Barbara and David and look forward to their continued association with the sport in future years.


Friday 11 December

Club rowing at National Championships

Rowing Australia is pleased to introduce two new ‘Club Events’ for the 2010 National Championships:

  • Club Double Scull (Men & Women) &
  • Club Coxless Four (Men & Women)

The athlete ‘qualification’ rules for entry in these new events are:

  1. No ‘composite’ crews between Clubs allowed
  2. During the current and previous year, athletes are not eligible if they have been a member of either the National Senior A or National Under 23 Team
  3. No athlete shall be a member of a current State ‘Senior’ Team
  4. No athlete shall be nominating for National Selection in the year of competition

The introduction of these club events is an exciting step in the revitalization of both the National Championships and Club rowing and reflects Rowing Australia’s renewed focus on the development of the entire Rowing Community.

More information is available in Bulletin 1 of the 2010 Australian Rowing Championships (pdf, 480kb).


Wednesday 9 December

Future of Rowing in Australia

At the AGM Rowing Australia President, Colin Smith delivered a presentation which discussed a number of important issues effecting the future of rowing in Australia including; Current Observations, Strategic Planning, the NRCE, the Crawford Review, Commercial Outcomes and Governance. View the presentation (pdf, 304kb).


Wednesday 9 December

NTID Elite Development Camp

Below is the list of invited athletes and coaches who will be attending the upcoming NTID Elite Development Camp at the AIS in Canberra beginning this Sunday the 13th December.

We have been pleased by the strong level of interest in this camp program with nearly two hundred nominations from all rowing states. Additionally we are very excited by the high standard of athletes, coaches and coxswains nominating and subsequently for those about to attend the camp here in Canberra.

The NTID program aims to identify athletes with Olympic Medal winning characteristics from around Australia and provide them with a series of development steps including this targeted elite development rowing camp. One of the primary objectives of this camp will be to provide an elite level training camp and learning environment for all athletes who we see as potential 2010–11 National Team candidates. The athlete categories that we have targeted for this camp are Junior, Youth/U23 and Lightweight.

  JUNIOR MEN STATE
1 Matt Barnier ACT
2 Tom Bowditch NSW
3 Tom Sacre NSW
4 Tom Gunton NSW
5 Tom McClintock NSW
6 Tom Coates QLD
7 Matthew Cochran WA
8 David Watts WA
9 Michael Stott WA
10 TBA (Coxswain)  
     
  YOUTH MEN STATE
1 Riley Owen ACT
2 Hamish Playfair NSW
3 Scott Woodward NSW
4 Tom Sullivan SA
5 Paul Barrett TAS
6 Elliott Bannan VIC
7 Louis Strauss VIC
8 Zachary Smith VIC
9 Josh Booth VIC
     
  LWT MEN STATE
1 Adam Kachyckyj QLD
2 Sam Hall TAS
3 Oliver Wilson-Haffenden TAS
4 Tim Widdicombe WA
     
  JUNIOR WOMEN STATE
1 Eliza Flint NSW
2 Chloe Hill QLD
3 Adeladie Dadic QLD
4 Regan Spark QLD
5 Eleanor Wilson QLD
6 Olympia Aldersey SA
7 Emma Basher SA
8 Ciona Wilson TAS
9 Katrina Bateman VIC
     
  YOUTH/U23 WOMEN STATE
1 Caitlin McCormack ACT
2 Emma Costello NSW
3 Renee Chatterton SA
4 Ashleigh Miles WA
     
  LWT WOMEN STATE
1 Olivia Heath NSW
2 Annabel Gibson TAS
     
  COACHES  
  Simon Harrison  
  Cameron Kennedy  
  Peter Tierney  
  Susan Shakespear  
  Jamie Jones  
  Mark Prater  
  Jaime Fernandez  

Friday 4 December

RA media release:
Olympians return with sights set on London

15 Beijing Olympians will take part in rowing training camps next week at the AIS in Canberra as preparations continue for the 2010 season.

2008 Olympic gold medallist in the men’s double scull, David Crawshay (VIC), will headline the athletes taking part in the camps, which includes the men’s heavyweight sculling group, women’s heavyweight and both the men and women lightweight rowers.

Members of the 2008 Olympic women’s eight - Sarah Heard (VIC), Elizabeth Kell (NSW) and Pauline Frasca (VIC) – all return from a one year break, along with the Tasmanian lightweight trio of four times Olympian Anthony Edwards, and the 2008 men’s lightweight double scull of Sam Beltz and Tom Gibson.

Sally Kehoe (QLD), Sarah Cook (ACT), Kim Crow (VIC) and Kerry Hore (TAS), who are currently AIS scholarship holders will also feature in the camp.

South Australian scullers Chris Morgan and James McRae, who were part of the men’s heavyweight quad scull that finished fourth in Beijing, will also attend the six day camp, while Dan Noonan (NSW) and Pippa Savage (QLD) make up the Olympic contingent.

In addition to these athletes, a further 8 rowers that competed for Australia at the 2009 World Championships will also be in attendance.

National High Performance Director Andrew Matheson says the returning athletes will provide a boost to the Australian rowing program in 2010.

“The quality of athletes that are coming back into the mix for 2010 is high calibre and will provide us with good strength and depth as we continue to move towards London,” Matheson said. “2009 was a very important year for us and we unearthed a number of younger rowers who looked to make their mark on the international rowing scene.

“Their progress in 2009 will provide us with competition for seats next year, which is always a good position to be in.”

The Australian Rowing Team will compete at two World Cups in 2010, as well as the World Rowing Championships in New Zealand in November.

The men’s camp will run next week from Monday 7 – Saturday 12 December, while the women’s camp will begin on Thursday 10 December and concludes on Sunday 13 December.

A media morning will be held on Friday 11 December, with more details to be released next week.

Interviews and photos with all athletes can be requested.

For more information please call
David Polglase on 0401 453 041

Full list of camp attendees

Men’s Heavyweight Scull

Jared Bidwell, QLD
Danjels Reedman, NSW
Richard Allsop, NSW
Thomas Swann, VIC
Nicholas Purnell, NSW
Karsten Forsterling, VIC
David Crawshay, VIC
Dan Noonan, NSW
Nick Hudson, NSW
Sascha Belonogoff, QLD
James McRae, SA
Chris Morgan, SA

Men’s Lightweight

Blair Tunevitsch, TAS
Sam Beltz, TAS
Tom Gibson, TAS
Anthony Edwards, TAS
Darryn Purcell, QLD
Perry Ward, WA
Angus Tyers, VIC
Tom Bertrand, VIC

Women’s Heavyweight Scull

Sarah Cook, ACT
Kimberley Crow, VIC
Sally Kehoe, QLD
Kerry Hore, TAS
Pippa Savage, QLD
Gabriel Kukla, QLD
Sarah Heard, VIC
Robyn Selby-Smith, VIC
Phoebe Stanley, VIC
Pauline Frasca, VIC
Elizabeth Kell, NSW

Women’s Lightweight

Alice McNamara, VIC
Maja Fiddler, SA
Ingrid Fenger, TAS
Carly Cottam, TAS
Ella Flecker, TAS
Bronwen Watson, NSW
Hannah Every, QLD
Gabriel Kukla, QLD
Lisa Szatsznajder, VIC


Friday 4 December

World Rowing e-newsletter, November 2009: now available

Read the November 2009 e-newsletter and subscribe to future editions.


Tuesday 1 December

Netballer and rowing coach win top sports awards

Two south west residents were honoured for their efforts to community sport at the Victorian Sport and Recreation Awards at a special ceremony at the MCG last night.

Amelia Smith of Terang was named winner of the Young Person in Sport Award and Warrnambool’s Tom Bertrand took out the Access for All Award in the 13th annual awards.

Other Greater Warrnambool residents acknowledged include 15-year-old Nirranda karate black belt, Sonia Morey; a finalist in the Young Person Award category.

“Victorians love their sport and that’s why our local sports clubs and associations play an integral role in ensuring communities are strong, happy, healthy and active,” Mr Merlino said.

“Strong sporting clubs support stronger communities and stronger families, that’s why we these awards are important as they go a long way to honour people, sports clubs and organisations that make local communities tick.”

Mr Merlino said 18-year-old netballer and umpire, Amelia, had shown maturity beyond her years.

“Amelia has excelled on and off the court taking up a range of roles including being a mentor for junior umpires, a netball administrator, and grade secretary since the age of 12,” he said.

Mr Merlino said Access for All Award Winner, Tom Bertrand, has also been actively involved in local sport in the Greater Warrnambool area.

“Tom Bertrand has been a leading coach in the Nestle Rowing Club and facilitated opportunities for people of all abilities to realise their potential through rowing for 20 years,” he said.

Tom has personally coached two rowers with an intellectual disability to national titles, and he was responsible for introducing Paralympics silver medallist Kathryn Ross to the sport.

Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney said the awards were great recognition for both Amelia and Tom’s commitment to sport in the south west.

“Amelia and Tom are local heroes, they lead by example and their actions and commitment inspire those around them,” Ms Tierney said.

“Their willingness to give their time and talents, usually as volunteers, make them genuine role models in their sports and active members of our community.

“They are worthy winners and finalists in these awards.”

The annual Sport and Recreation Awards celebrate the outstanding work done by organisations and individuals right across Victoria’s sport and recreation sector.

A booklet detailing all winners and finalists can be downloaded at www.sport.vic.gov.au.


Tuesday 1 December

RA Selection Forum — Outcomes

Following a previous Board direction the RA Selection Forum was held at the RACV Club in Melbourne on Wednesday 21st October with the purpose of discussing the process of selection to then establish the principles which would be used to draft the 2010–2012 Selection Policy.

The Selection Forum was well attended with representatives from the RA Board, Council, RA Selectors, RA/NRCE Staff, the Athletes’ Commission and general athlete body, RA Appeals Tribunal, the Australian Olympic Committee, representatives from each State Rowing Association and RA lawyers.

Discussion was undertaken on a range of selection issues which had been identified both through a public survey conducted on the RA website and through consultation with a range of key stakeholders including forum attendees. The outcomes and additional discussion undertaken on each of these topics can be viewed on the attached document (pdf, 52kb).

Paul Guest and Sam Golding provided both a discussion paper and an overview of the Appeals Process and it was agreed that the appeals tribunal and process should be retained in their current format.

A full list of attendees at the forum follows:

Co-Chairs
Andrew Plympton
Andrew Dee

RA Board
John Boultbee
Colin Smith
Rebecca Joyce

RA Council
David Deeble

RA/NRCE Staff
Matt Draper
Matt Treglown

Selectors
David Yates
Andrew Matheson
Noel Donaldson
Lyall McCarthy
Peter Shakespear
Wayne Diplock

Athletes
Kim Crow
Sarah Tait

RA Appeals Tribunal
Paul Guest (Chair)
Sam Golding

Australian Olympic Committee
Fiona de Jong (Director – Sport)

State Representatives
NSW – Marty Rabjohns
QLD – Chad King
SA – Alastair McLaughlin
TAS – Brett Crow
VIC – Chris O’Brien
WA – Stephen Mann

RA Lawyers
Geoff Rees
Luke Mercurio

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