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Archived latest news items: September 2007

Monday 24 September

2007 Youth Cup Rowing Regatta: post-event bulletin now available

— Click here — ( 824kb)


Monday 24 September

Position vacant: Lightweight Coach, Irish Amateur Rowing Union

The IRISH AMATEUR ROWING UNION is seeking to appoint an experienced coach to take charge of the International Lightweight Team starting with the Olympic Qualifying Regatta and if successful the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Please send CV to ceo@iaru.ie by 28/9/07.

An attractive remuneration package will be provided to the successful applicant.

Rowing coach vacancies are regularly advertised — here —


Thursday 20 September

Fox Sports to show World Cups and World Championships

The highlights of the international rowing season will be broadcast on Fox Sports in the first week of October. Follow all the big races live as Australia battled it out against the cream of international rowing.

WORLD CUP

  • Round 1, Austria
    Wednesday October 3, 13:00 - 15:00, Fox Sports 3
  • Round 2, Holland
    Thursday October 4, 14:00 - 15:00, Fox Sports 3
  • Round 3, Switzerland
    Saturday October 6, 13:00 - 14:00, Fox Sports 2

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

  • Germany
    Sunday October 7, 16:00 - 18:00, Fox Sports 3

Thursday 20 September

XIIth FISA Youth Coaches Conference, 11 to 14 October, Gibraltar

The Gibraltar Amateur Rowing Association is proud to host the FISA Youth Coaches Conference with the theme “Let’s be practical”. The conference will take place at the four star Caleta Hotel.

Programme

Thursday 11 October
10.00 - 18.00 Arrival & Accreditation
20.00 Reception & Dinner
   
Friday 12 October
09.15 - 17.00 Presentations and discussions
20.00 Reception & Dinner
   
Saturday 13 October
09.15 - 15.00 Presentations and discussions
17.00 Sightseeing tour
20.00 Conference dinner
   
Sunday 14 October
09.00 - 11.30 Presentations and discussions
11.30 FISA Youth Commission matters
13.00 Lunch and departures

To register visit the conference website www.jcc2007.gi.


Thursday 20 September

Position vacant: Development Coach Rowing, Australian Sports Commission

Job No 1035: $68 005 - $73 445 pa plus superannuation

An exciting opportunity exists to join the National Talent Identification and Development program and assist in the planning, preparation and day to day coaching activities of the Development Rowing Squad – ‘Breaking the Drought’. In consultation with coaches you will coordinate, monitor and develop training activities and take an active involvement in incorporating new technological developments.

Level 2 National Coach Accreditation Scheme, rowing accreditation and demonstrated technical knowledge of rowing coaching principles including techniques, coaching trends and international developments is required.

Employment benefits include use of on-site gymnasium, childcare and free parking facilities.

Position will be available until 31 December 2008.

For selection documentation visit www.ausport.gov.au/jobs
If you are unable to access the internet, please contact our recruitment officer on (02) 6214 1328.

For enquiries after reading the job description contact Andrew Douglas on (02) 6214 1370.

Applications close Friday, 5 October 2007

Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia

Rowing coach vacancies are regularly advertised — here —


Monday 17 September

FISA press release
2008 Final Olympic Qualification Regatta to be held in Poznan (POL) instead of Lucerne (SUI)

14 September 2007

FISA, the International Rowing Federation, today announced that next year’s final Olympic qualification regatta and Final Rowing World Cup regatta has been moved to take place in Poznan, Poland instead of Lucerne, Switzerland. The second Rowing World Cup regatta will now take place in Lucerne.

The change is due to clashes with other events taking place in the local and national calendars in both locations.

The 2008 Rowing World Cup programme has therefore been confirmed as follows:

  • Rowing World Cup I – 9 to 11 May 2008 – Munich, Germany – NO CHANGE
  • Rowing World Cup II - 30 May to 1 June 2008 – Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Final Olympic Qualification Regatta: 15 to 18 June 2008 – Poznan, Poland
  • Rowing World Cup III - 20 to 22 June 2008 – Poznan, Poland

The other regattas of the 2008 season remain unchanged:

  • World Rowing Under 23 Championships - 16-20 July 2008 - Brandenburg, Germany
  • World Rowing Senior and Junior Championships - 22-27 July - Linz, Austria
  • Olympic Games Regatta - 9-17 August - Beijing, China
  • Paralympic Games Regatta - 9-11 September - Beijing, China
  • European Rowing Championships - 19-21 September – Schinias/Marathon, Greece

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


Friday 14 September

Adaptive Rowing — 2008 National Championships Rowing

In August the Rowing Australia Board approved the Adaptive Rowing Events proposed by the Adaptive Steering Committee to be included in the 2008 National Rowing Championships. Please see the attached document (below) for a brief description of the events. Further information regarding the 2008 National Rowing Championships will be provided in the Bulletins to be released by the Organising Committee.

Adaptive events ( 86kb)

Visit the — Adaptive — webpage on this site to keep abreast of Australian adaptive rowing news.


Friday 14 September

Athletes Whereabouts form, Oct to Dec 07

Update as at 20 April 2008
This file has been archived. Please contact Rowing Australia for further information.

Visit the — Anti-doping — section for information and forms.


Friday 14 September

Hebfotos website

Visit the Hebfotos website for images of the 2007 World Junior Championships from Beijing and the 2007 World Championships, Munich.

— Click here —


Monday 10 September

Attention ACT Adaptive Rowers: 2008 Young Athlete’s with a Disability Sports Scholarships

The Lord’s Taverners have requested applications for the 2008 Young Athlete’s with a Disability Sports Scholarships. Please find below the link to an application form, which also contains further information on the scholarships. Please note that this request for applications is for ACT Residents.

Visit the — Adaptive — webpage on this site to keep abreast of Australian adaptive rowing news.


Monday 10 September

2007 FISA Youth Coaches Conference and 2007 World Rowing Coaches Conference

2007 FISA Youth Coaches Conference
This conference takes place in Gibraltar from Thursday, October 11 to Sunday, October 14, 2007. The conference theme is “Let’s be practical”. Information about
the conference and registration can be obtained from the website www.jcc2007.gi.

2007 World Rowing Coaches Conference
This year’s Coaches Conference takes place in Budapest, Hungary from Thursday, 8 November to Sunday, 11 November, 2007 hosted by the Hungarian Rowing Association. The main speaker is Rene Mijnders of the Netherlands. Information about the conference and the conference registration form can be found at
www.hunrowing.hu/coaches_conference_2007


Sunday 9 September

September edition of Australian Rowing News now available

Contents include:

  • From the CEO, Andrew Dee
  • Mixed results for Australia at World Rowing Championships
  • How the Australian boats fared in Munich
  • Juniors give Beijing course official test run
  • Adaptive Rowing
  • Coaches tip
  • 2007/2008 Events of Interest
  • Athlete profile

— Click here —


Tuesday 4 September

Mixed results for Australia at 2007 FISA World Championships

With the 2007 FISA World Rowing Championships now over, all nations can begin to prepare for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and to assess what improvements need to be made.

Australia walked away from the regatta in Germany second on the medal tally behind Great Britain and having qualified 10 boats for Beijing.

Australia won seven medals in total, with three of them being gold, two silver and two bronze. Three crews also finished fourth in the final.

The Men’s Pair of Duncan Free and Drew Ginn was the form boat throughout the regatta for all nations. They won their final by six seconds and it would have been more apart from the gallant attempt by New Zealand to stay with the world champions down the course.

Amber Halliday and Marguerite Houston produced an incredible comeback to claim the gold in the Women’s Lightweight Double Scull. The reigning silver medallists from a year earlier paced themselves throughout the first 1500 metres and then set out to chase down the Finnish boat. With the crowd rising to their feet, Amber and Marguerite took over the lead with less than five strokes left in the race to record a memorable victory.

In a double for the Lightweight Women’s Scull squad, Tara Kelly, Alice McNamara, Miranda Bennett and Bronwen Watson won the gold in the Lightweight Women’s Quadruple Scull. The girls won their final by more than a boat length to emphasise the depth Australia has in this boat class.

Australia’s adaptive crews were also very successful with the squad claiming two silver medals. John MacLean and Kathryn Ross, rowing in their first regatta together, claimed the silver medal in the Trunk and Arms Double Sculls, while reigning two time world champion, Dominic Monypenny, also won silver in the Men’s Arms Only Single Scull.

Four Australian boats missed out on gaining early qualification for the Olympic Games, with three of these missing out by a solitary place. The Men’s Eight, who had shown signs of good form at the start of the regatta missed out on the A Final and then finished behind the Chinese in the B Final.

The Women’s Double Scull missed out on qualifying the boat by 0.07 of a second and the Men’s Coxless Four were less than half a second off the required time to book a ticket to Beijing.

Those crews that missed out on qualifying for Beijing now have one more chance at the final qualification regatta in Lucerne next year. 

Outlined below is how each crew faired in Munich, and for those that missed out on qualification where they need to finish next year at Lucerne to clinch a spot at the Olympic Games.

Olympic category boats

Category
Boat
Number of crews that qualify at Munich 2007
Place
Qualification
Y/N
Number of crews to qualify in Lucerne 2008
Heavy Men Sweep
8+
7
8th
N
1
 
4-
11
12th
N
2
 
2-
11
1st
Y
2
 
Heavy Men Scull
4x
11
10th
Y
2
 
2x
11
8th
Y
2
 
1x
11
11th
Y
3
 
Light Men Sweep
4-
11
7th
Y
2
 
Light Men Scull
2x
11
4th
Y
2
 
Heavy Women Sweep
8+
5
4th
Y
2
 
2-
8
4th
Y
2
 
Heavy Women Scull
4x
7
7th
Y
1
 
2x
8
9th
N
2
 
1x
9
13th
N
3
 
Light Women Scull
2x
8
1st
Y
2

Non-Olympic category boats

Boat
Place at Munich 2007
Lightweight Women’s Quad Scull
1st
Men’s Coxed Four
4th
Women’s Coxless Four
3rd
Men’s Lightweight Pair
3rd
Men’s Arms Only Single Scull
2nd
Trunks and Arms Double Scull
2nd

Tuesday 4 September

Media release: Confederation of Australian Sport (CAS)
CAS calls for a new approach in the fight against obesity

31 August 2007

In a report on ABC Radio’s PM program yesterday, Dr Evan Atlantis from the University of Sydney Department of Exercise and Sport Science asserted that only approximately 25 per cent of Australians met national physical activity guidelines. When coupled with dietary guidelines a staggering 95% of Australians were not meeting the physical activity guidelines nor eating the appropriate servings of fruit and vegetables per day. This is despite over twenty years of health messages and health promotion conducted by State and Federal governments.

The Confederation of Australian Sport (CAS), Australia’s peak body for sport, believes that the inability to make in-roads into the obesity crisis is due to the narrow response by Government and the health sector and the lack of an integrated approach that, to date, has only marginally utilised one of the best weapons against sedentary disease, sport.

President of CAS, Michael Sparks said in a statement today “Sport provides physical activity in an atmosphere of friendship, camaraderie and community. People are more likely to head out in the rain to a play a match because they don’t want to let their mates down; or go cycling on a Saturday morning after a big week at work because they enjoy drinking coffee with the group at the end of the ride. Sport is far more effective in getting and keeping people active than just telling them they may develop diabetes in ten years if they don’t change their lifestyle”.

As part of the 2007 Federal Election Sport Industry Platform, CAS has called for the establishment of a Joint Obesity Advisory Board with leading members from the sport industry, educators and the health sector to conduct a comprehensive review of the way the obesity crisis is being approached. CAS asserts the review must, as a priority, tackle the heart, mind and body issues associated with obesity among all Australians. CAS believes a fully integrated approach is the only solution to solving this growing crisis.

Dr Atlantis states that physical inactivity among adults is estimated to represent approximately 2.5 per cent of total annual health expenditure. Based on annual health expenditures of over $60 billion for the periods 2000 to 2004, the economic burden of physical inactivity among Australian adults was approximately $2 billion per annum.

In a recent letter to CAS, Finance Minister, Nick Minchin stated that the Federal Government was spending almost $300 million on sport in the 2007/2008 financial year. CAS notes that 70% of this funding is spent on elite programs. CAS believes that while elite programs are an important aspect of our nation’s sporting landscape, participation programs for sport are significantly under funded. CAS believes this lack of investment strikes at the very heart of our much lauded national identity as a sporting nation.

A recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine by Nicholas Christakis of Harvard Medical School suggested that obesity is “socially contagious,” spreading from person to person in a social network. The study found that if a person you consider a friend becomes obese, your own chances of becoming obese increase by 57 percent.

In response to the call by Dr Atlantis for a further $200 million to be spent on public health programs, Federal Health Minister, Tony Abbott stated on the ABC’s PM program that “There can be all the good messages in the world. There can be all these exercise programs on offer but in the end people have got to want to take them. And if they do want to take them, they probably don't need extra Government help. If they don't want to take them, all the Government help in the world may not make them.”

Michael Sparks responds by saying “This is a straight out admission that our current approach isn’t working. As the Harvard study shows, the motivation factors to get people active have to involve friends and family. You play sport with your friends. You play sport with your family, whether it’s a round of golf or a game of cricket in the backyard. There is a role for sport to play in reinvigorating the nation’s passion for physical activity and to date this has been largely overlooked.”

To address this, Sparks went on to say “To tackle obesity we have to start with our children and re introduce physical education and sport into schools so that the adults of tomorrow have skills they can draw on to lead an active healthy lifestyle throughout their entire life. We need to link these programs to the national sporting system and we need to provide programs through sporting organisations for mature age Australians. As a nation we should also be supporting opportunities for adults to participate in sport through forums such as Masters Games.” Sparks stated that “Sport is not a silver bullet for the obesity crisis but it is part of the solution and, to date, there has been little engagement with the sport sector on the obesity issue.”

CAS believes that the Harvard report is further evidence that the nation needs to focus on healthy communities, built in part around sport and sporting clubs, where we can engage and deliver messages on healthy lifestyle rather than relying on advertising campaigns as the primary Federal health promotion strategy.

Other initiatives that are part of the Sport Industry Platform in the fight against obesity include the call to introduce a physical activity tax rebate for sporting club membership fees for parents and carers of school age children and supplementary funding for National Sporting Organisations to develop programs for mature aged Australians.

For a full copy of the CAS 2007 Federal Election Sport Industry Platform — click here —

For more information contact:  
Lachlan Clark,
General Manager
Confederation of Australian Sport
(0419) 259 712
Lachlan.Clark@CASevents.com
Michael Sparks
President
Confederation of Australian Sport
(0412) 868 918

Tuesday 4 September

Position vacant: Elite Development Program Coordinator, ACT Rowing Association

ACT Rowing Association (ACTRA) is the peak body for the sport of rowing in the ACT. It along with its partners ACT Academy of Sport (ACTAS) and Rowing Australia offer a newly created position for an Elite Development Program Co-ordinator.

The Position will be Located in Canberra based at the ACT Academy of Sport (Bruce) and a package of salary and other benefits will be offered that is commensurate with the successful candidate’s experience and qualifications.

A detailed job description is attached; however, if you require further information on the position please contact Matthew Ronke at the ACT Rowing office on (02) 6249 6111 or actra@rowingact.org.au.

Applications addressing the selection criteria should be marked ‘Confidential’ and sent to:
ACT Rowing Association
Sports House 100 Maitland St
Hackett ACT 2602
or email: actra@rowingact.org.au

Applications Close 5pm Friday 17th September 2007

Rowing coach vacancies are regularly advertised — here —

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