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Archived latest news items: January 2010

Friday 29 January

Keith Jameson OAM

Over forty five years of unbroken and distinguished service to our sport by Keith Jameson was recognised on Australia Day when he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal.

Keith, currently the President of Sydney Rowing Club since 1997 began his involvement with rowing at Sydney High in the late 1950s. Keith rowed at Sydney 1962–65 becoming a coach in 1966 and Vice Captain in 1968. Keith has served Sydney as Coach, Captain, Vice President and Board member continuously since retiring from competition in 1965. During much of this time Sydney Rowing Club has been the leading competitive club in both New South Wales and Australia winning hundreds of state and national championships and providing dozens of state and national representatives.

In addition to his roles at his club Keith Jameson has completed extensive service for Rowing NSW including roles as the Association Honorary Secretary, Association Treasurer and Vice President. Keith has been recognized by Rowing NSW with the award of Honorary Life Membership. Keith has also served as Treasurer of our national body, Rowing Australia.

Keith’s continual service for his club administratively has been through greatly changing times for the club industry. During a period when many clubs have struggled, closed or amalgamated Keith Jameson and his fellow board members have kept Sydney Rowing Club strong and an important contributor to New South Wales Rowing both financially and competitively.

Rowing NSW congratulates Keith Jameson and Sydney Rowing Club on his OAM and looks forward to his continuing contribution to our sport in the years ahead.

Congratulations Keith Jameson – well rowed!

Doug Donoghue AM and Chris Noel

Friday 29 January

RA media release:
Rowing Australia welcomes new Paralympic CEO

Thursday 28 January

Rowing Australia has welcomed today’s appointment of new Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) CEO Jason Hellwig.

Rowing Australia has worked closely with Mr Hellwig and his team in recent years and has developed a strong understanding and relationship with the APC.

Rowing Australia CEO Andrew Dee congratulates Jason on his appointment and believes it is an appropriate one for the organisation.

“Jason has already contributed significantly to the APC over many years and is sure to build upon the strong success the organisation has achieved,” Dee said. “We have close ties with the APC and these will only improve with him at the wheel ahead of the 2012 London Paralympic Games.”

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041

Wednesday 20 January

Expressions of Interest for National Team Managers 2010

Rowing Australia and the National Rowing Centre of Excellence are now calling for Expressions of Interest (pdf, 120kb) for National Team Managers 2010.

Wednesday 20 January

Celebrity canvas auction

Many well known people including David Crawshay, Shane Warne, Dermott Brereton, Kylie Minogue, Jessica Mauboy, Hugh Jackman, Kasey Chambers, Pearl Jam, along with other actors, sports personalities and celebrities have gotten together to paint individual canvases for a Melbourne charity, Very Special Kids Children's Hospice.

They answered the call of a 10 year old Melbourne girl who sent a heartfelt letter to them following the death of her seven year old brother at Very Special Kids house.

These paintings will be available on online auction site Ebay from Wed 3 to Fri 12 March 2010 and will be highly sought after by fans and collectors alike. From 3 March, go to and search for Taylor's Celebrity Canvas.

Read further background information.

Thursday 14 January

Australian Olympic Committee media release:
Two Australians to oversee Rio Olympic preparations

AOC President John Coates has been appointed to the IOC Co-ordination Commission for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Coates is one of two Australians on the 17 member panel which will oversee preparations for the Rio Games.

Greg Hartung, President of the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) is also part of the multinational team responsible for assisting the Rio Organising Committee.

Coates is currently a member of the London Co-ordination Commission as they prepare to host the Olympics in 2012.

The Rio Co-ordination Commission will be chaired by Ms Nawal El Moutawakel from Morocco. She was a gold medal winner in the 400m hurdles at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and has been a member of the IOC since 1998.

She is a former Minister for Youth and Sport in Morocco and is the first woman to chair the IOC Co-ordination Commission.

"I am delighted to have been named as Chair of the Commission and am confident our team will help Rio deliver a memorable Summer Games in 2016," she said. "Having chaired the Evaluation Committee for the 2016 Games, I have first-hand knowledge of the many strengths that Rio and Brazil have to offer, and together we will strive to showcase that to the world in six years’ time."

The members of the Commission represent the many stakeholders of the Olympic Movement, including the athletes, the National Olympic Committees, and International Sports Federations, and act as a link between them, the Organising Committee and other Olympic Family stakeholders, thereby ensuring the coordination necessary to help deliver a successful Olympic Games.

The members of the 2016 Rio Co-ordination Commission are as follows:


Executive Director for the Commission
Gilbert FELLI (SUI) IOC Olympic Games Executive Director

Members (in alphabetical order)
Beatrice ALLEN (GAM)
Sergey BUBKA (UKR)
Richard L. CARRIÓN (PUR)
Timothy Tsun Ting FOK (HKG)
Patrick Joseph HICKEY (IRL)
Julio César MAGLIONE (URU)
Alexander POPOV (RUS)
Ching-Kuo WU (TPE)

Monday 11 January

Mildura Rowing Club Centenary

In October, on a weekend of fine weather and great rowing conditions on the Murray River, Mildura Rowing Club celebrated their Centenary. Many past members came back to rekindle friendship they had developed years ago through their common interest and passion in rowing.

Many items of club memorabilia were on display and members enjoyed inspecting these items, with many excited by finding their name written in the annual Easter Regatta programs dating back almost to the turn of the century.

A great display of racing was next on the agenda of activities with several crews participating, including a squad of junior girls and boys lining up to challenge our representatives in the World Masters Rowing group who recently participated in Sydney.

The naming of the club's latest acquisition was the next activity for the weekend. The Marlene Kilpatrick, a Quad/Four was named after a lady who worked tirelessly during the 80s organizing social activity to raise money to refurbish the club rooms to have the facilities we use today.

The Centenary Dinner held at the Settlers Club on the Saturday evening was attended by 200 people. Guest speaker and former club member Noel Donaldson, entertained the audience with stories about his early involvement with rowing and the club, an insight into his role as Head National Coach, and a vision on the future of rowing. At the dinner the Club announced new members of the Hall of Fame, being Noel Donaldson, George Xouris, Shane Munro, John Cleary and Barry Kilpatrick. A great evening was had by all.

Sunday morning was a chance for past and current members to participate in a row past the club rooms. With hardly a boat left in the shed and a frantic search for additional oars, boats joined in the procession along the Murray River, with one boat containing three generations from one family while others were happy to get members of their old crew back together.

A great weekend was enjoyed at the Mildura Rowing Club Centenary and you can visit our website and check out the photos of the activity.

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