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Archived latest news items: July 2007, Part I

Thursday 12 July

Rowing Australia — Adaptive Rowing Head Coach: expressions of interest sought

Rowing Australia is seeking Expressions of Interest for the Adaptive Rowing Head Coach position. This is a voluntary position to be appointed to 31 September 2008. Please see the attached document for a brief job description and selection requirements. Expressions of interest close on Wednesday 1st August 2007.

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Thursday 12 July

Call for 2007-2008 Australian Institute of Sport Rowing Scholarships

The Australian Institute of Sport and Rowing Australia are now calling for applications for scholarships with the AIS Rowing Program in the senior squads for 2008.  The squads will primarily be for those athletes seeking Olympic selection in Mens and Womens Sweep boats.

Applications close Wednesday 8th August 2007.

Please email your scholarship application to both Dean Oakman on and Maree Curran on or mail to AIS Rowing PO Box 176 Belconnen ACT 2616 or fax 02 6285 2813. No late applications will be accepted.

The AIS Rowing Program is centralised in Canberra with the full support of the AIS athlete and coach services, and the residential program.

The squads will be coached by the National Head Coaches for the AIS and Rowing Australia, Brian Richardson in the Men, and Lyall McCarthy in the Women.

A scholarship at the AIS will include the following schedule of benefits:

  • High performance coaching;
  • Access to world class training facilities provided by the Institute;
  • Sports Medicine and Sports Science services provided by some of Australia 's leading practitioners. Services include medical, physiotherapy, massage therapy, nutrition, psychology, strength and conditioning, physiology, biomechanics, performance analysis;
  • Fitness and strength testing/evaluation and training programs under the direction and supervision of highly qualified personnel;
  • Access to world leading technology as developed by the Sports Science unit including the Rover technology;
  • Performance reporting and supervision;
  • Training and competition travel expenses as determined by the Head Coach;
  • Assistance through the Institute's ACE program with career and personal development, education and employment, and access to ACE services;
  • Full board and lodging at the AIS Residence, or for non-residential athletes, a weekly living allowance will be provided monthly;

Scholarships will commence on October 15, 2007

For further information about AIS Rowing Scholarships, please contact:

Maree Curran, Administration Assistant on 02 6285 3064

A development program, Breaking the Drought, is run in conjunction with the senior scholarship positions. For more information on this program, please contact Andrew Douglas at the AIS Talent Search Program on 02 6214 1370, or visit the website

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Thursday 12 July

Position vacant — Head Coach, Mercantile Rowing Club

Due to our Head Coach taking a prestigious International appointment we seek a highly organised, energetic and successful coach to take his place.

The successful appointment will manage a very successful group of athletes and will be responsible for running the rowing program in one of Australia’s premier rowing clubs.

  • Minimum level of coaching qualifications – NCAS Level 2 with the intention to complete L3.
  • Demonstrated success at National Championship Level, particularly with younger athletes.
  • Ambition to coach at National Team Level.
  • Ability to manage a large group of volunteer coaches.
  • A full position description is available upon request.

A generous package including a fully maintained vehicle will be negotiated.

We invite applications by the 5th August 2007 to our club president, Philippe Batters at

Enquiries to club captain Henry Edgar on 0413 456 426 or email to

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Monday 9 July

Tenth Rowing World Cup season ends next weekend in Lucerne, Switzerland

(FISA press release)

The third and final stage of this year’s Rowing World Cup takes place next weekend, 13 to 15 July 2007, at the Swiss rowing Mecca, the Rotsee in Lucerne, Switzerland.

In total, 330 crews, from 41 countries have entered with a breakdown of 216 men’s crews and 114 women’s crews. With a massive entry of 876 athletes (over 100 more than entered in the second stage in Amsterdam earlier this month), the regatta will provide an extremely competitive field for any team fine tuning their line-ups or making decisions about selection for the pinnacle event of the season, the 2007 World Rowing Championships in Munich at the end of August.

Following years of European domination in the Rowing World Cup, China created quite a stir, when they snatched 10 medals while acquiring 58 World Cup points in Amsterdam. This time, however, China have only entered one boat, the women’s single, so it will be back to current overall leader Great Britain (102 points) and Germany (79 points) to battle for the highly sought after Overall World Cup crystal trophy. Germany has 21 boats entered in World Cup events, where Great Britain only has 16, so competition looks to be tight.

The men’s single will be the race to watch after reigning World Champion Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand got beaten out of the medals last month. He will be back to reestablish his dominance but will have to contend with an ever-improving field. Australia’s finest, Drew Ginn and Duncan Free are due to get their 2007 season going in the men’s pair and they will be looking to topple winners of the second World Cup, New Zealand’s Nathan Twaddle and George Bridgewater.

Also in Lucerne next week-end, the Thomas Keller Medal will be awarded to one of five finalists selected by the Thomas Keller Medal committee. The selected finalists are France’s Jean-Christophe Rolland, Mike McKay of Australia, Constantina Burcica of Romania, New Zealand’s Rob Waddell and Katrin Rutschow-Stomporowski of Germany.

The “Thomi” is the highest medal awarded in rowing and goes to recently retired rowers, recognising an exceptional rowing career as well as exemplary sportsmanship.

The 18-carat gold Thomas Keller medal will be presented by Denis Oswald and Dominik Keller, son of the late Thomas Keller around 13:00 on Sunday 15 July on the medal ceremony podium at the Rotsee regatta course.

A full Rowing World Cup event by event preview will be available on from Wednesday 11 July.

The event finals will be video streamed live on Sunday 15 July and can be accessed through the website.

The Rowing World Cup series was launched exactly ten years ago, in 1997, and includes all 14 Olympic boat classes. The overall Rowing World Cup winners are determined after a series of three regattas. Germany has dominated the series since its beginning ten years ago. This year, the three stages of the series are held in Linz/Ottensheim, Austria (1-3 June); Amsterdam, the Netherlands (22-24 June); and the final in Lucerne, Switzerland (13-15 July).

Visit the official website of the International Rowing Federation and the Rowing World Cup, for a full list of entries, a racing timetable as well as an extensive boat class preview. During racing, this website will provide live scoring, interviews, photographs, press releases, start lists and full results.


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Monday 9 July

Final day at Henley Royal Regatta

The final day of the Henley Royal Regatta saw two Australian crews remain. With much-improved weather and the river conditions much less adverse the final day brought the normal splendor and some great racing with many international crews in the elite events.

Fist to race were the women’s quad and they left the development crew from Holland in their wake to take out the Princess Grace Trophy. The crew comprised: Stroke, Amber Halliday; 3, Kerry Hore; 2, Amber Bradley; Bow, Marguerite Houston and Coach, Adrian David. Although the opposition were not as classy as the seasoned international Australians it was pleasing to see them row better race by race with some fine skills in this final.

The men’s eight took on the Canadian National eight in the final of the Grand Challenge Cup. The Canadians took an early ascendancy on the Bucks station and grew this lead throughout the 2112 metre race where they won by 1 ¼ length in 6’24.

The Australians will relocate to Lucerne for next week’s World Cup on Monday where they will be joined by the men’s lightweight squad who have travelled in directly from Australia.

More results and information can be found on the Henley website:

Noel Donaldson
High Performance Director
Rowing Australia

Ready for Henley final
A better day and well ahead
Princess Grace winners: Women's Quad
Happy finalists
M8+ at the start of the final

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Saturday 7 July

2007 Henley Royal Regatta

The 2007 Henley Royal Regatta sees a large contingent of Australian rowers. 26 athletes from the Senior A team have attended Henley and there are many from various clubs and schools. The match racing format has seen some survive and some fall by the way. The biggest challenge facing the rowers is the weather. Central Europe has seen winter weather over the past two weeks and the Henley Regatta has seen many people in formal attire supported by “Wellington Boots”. Strong in-coming currents prevail and in general there have been strong headwinds. Rain has been frequent and the temperature chilly to say the least.

Leading the charge today in the 4th race of the day was the pair of Fergus Pragnell and Jason Heard. Their win sets up a semi final against the German national pair. Pragnell and Heard were due to race the reigning World Champions Duncan Free and Drew Ginn in the quarter final but a back injury on the morning of the first round saw Duncan Free scratched from the event. With the Lucerne World Cup a week away it was necessary to err on the side of caution. Not only was this disappointing for the pair, but also for the regatta organisers. The Australian Team is appreciative of, and very well supported by, the HRR committee. Perhaps Pragnell and Heard can surprise!

The women’s quad have also been hit by illness to their squad, with only four healthy girls remaining. The dynamic lightweights Marguerite Houston and Amber Halliday are joined by Olympic bronze medal quad rowers Kerry Hore and Amber Bradley in Australia’s sole quad entry. Nonetheless they had an easy victory and with two races to go they may take home the Princess Grace trophy.

The men’s eight and four are yet to race and with their delayed introduction to the regatta they have been training down the road at Dorney Lake, venue for the 2006 World Championships in Eton. The four commence tomorrow against the undefeated British four although they will row with a replacement due to the injury to Alex Partridge. The men’s eight have been drawn already in the final of the Grand Challenge Cup and they will come up against either Canada or the Czech Republic on Sunday.

Elsa O’Hanlon, who revels in the headwind conditions having won the World Uni Games title in 2006 into a strong headwind, won her first round of the women’s single sculls. Dan Ellice-Flint and Ian Allsop have made it through to the semis with an easy win today. Australia remains strongly involved in the Fawley Cup (Under 19 boys quad) with Sydney RC and Surfers Paradise RC to maintain the tradition and retain the title won by King's School last year. Peter Hardcastle, Dan Coombes and Kris Coventry were all knocked out of the Diamond Sculls against formidable opponents today. Richard Wearne and Nick Phelps are rowing with British crews in the Ladies Plate.

The atmosphere of Henley is alive and well as the weekend beckons.

Noel Donaldson
High Performance Director
Rowing Australia

Fergus Pragnell and Jason Heard in the Men's Coxless Pair
An easy win in the M2-
Gracious winners and losers

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Friday 6 July

June edition of Australian Rowing News now available

Contents include:

  • From the CEO, Andrew Dee
  • Women's Four continue golden streak in Amsterdam
  • Australian Rowing Team's newest recruit
  • AOM due recognition for Woolfitt
  • Adaptive Rowing
    • National Adaptive Rowing Classification Workshop
    • National Adaptive Rowing Training Camp
    • Rowing Australia Classification Program
    • Project CONNECT
  • New Level One Coaching Manual for Rowing
  • Coaches tip: Elite Race Strategy – Building the foundations
  • 2007 Events of Interest
  • Athlete profile

— Click here —

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Friday 6 July

Robyn Selby Smith on ABC Radio National

Robyn Selby Smith featured on TheSportsFactor on ABC Radio National on Friday 29 June.

Here is the link to listen to the podcast and/or to download the transcript.

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Friday 6 July

Images of the U23 M8+ training in Sydney

James Worrell of Rowing Photography Australia,, has provided photos of the Under 23 Men's Eight training in Sydney recently.

— Click here —

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Tuesday 3 July

Reports from June 2007 RA Council meeting

Click on the links below to download the following reports from the June 2007 RA Council meeting:

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Tuesday 3 July

2007 Australian Rowing Team — supporters gear

Supporters polo tops and caps are supplied by Designer Paintworks.

— Click here — ( 248kb) to download a flier with full details.

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Tuesday 3 July

Images of the lightweight squad training in Hobart

Cameron Girdlestone (NSW) has provided photos of the lightweight squad training in Hobart, and the weather they're experiencing.

— Click here —

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