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Archived latest news items: September 2008

Sunday 28 September

Adaptive update: Rowing Australia Adaptive Rowing Indicative Program 2008-2009

Rowing Australia recently released the 2008-09 Adaptive Rowing Indicative Program for NTC Trials and Ergometer testing. Following further consultation with the new National Rowing Center of Excellence (NRCE) coaches and staff, the Indicative Program has been revised.

The LTA protocols will revert back to ½ NTC trial distance for on-water testing and 3km for the ergometer tests until further notice.

Inline with Rowing Australia policy for full integration, other opportunities to better coordinate the Adaptive Rowing Program (selection policies, tours, training methodologies and testing protocols etc) are the subject of on-going discussions.

The Indicative Program (pdf, 96kb) should be used as a guide to assist NTC’s in developing an endurance, skill and strength base over the coming months.

More information will be distributed in the near future.

Visit the Adaptive section for adaptive news updates.

Wednesday 17 September

2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festival: 14-18 January 2009, Sydney

Dear Australian Rowing Community,

The 2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festival is just around the corner, and Rowing will be playing a major part with over 200 athletes from Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain and China competing in the regatta. 

All state teams will be providing their own boats for the regatta, whilst Rowing Australia will be coordinating the boat hire for the three international teams.

Approximately 48 boats will be required for the international crews from roughly the 12th January till the 19th January. The boats and the quantities required are as follows:

  • 12 x Single Sculls
  • 12 x Pairs
  • 6 x Light Weight Double Sculls
  • 6 x Coxless Quad Sculls
  • 6 x Coxless Fours
  • 6 x Eights

I am currently seeking expressions of interest from clubs and/or schools to be a major part in an exciting international youth event by providing boats for hire for the international crews. 

Rowing Australia will coordinate all transport for the boats to and from the regatta.  All equipment hired will be insured, and hire fees may be negotiated with the clubs/schools that are able to assist.

If your club/school would be interested and are able to provide any of the above listed boats for this regatta could you please reply to me as soon as possible.  

Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Matt Bialkowski
Adaptive Rowing & Competitions Administrator
Rowing Australia
Ph:       +61 (02) 6256 5914
Fax:     +61 (02) 6256 5955
Mob:    0412 167 574

Wednesday 17 September

RA-AIS media release:
Donaldson returns as head coach

The Australian Institute of Sport and Rowing Australia today announced that Noel Donaldson has been appointed the Head National and AIS Men’s Coach.

Coming on the back of the recent recruitment of Andrew Matheson from New Zealand to head up Australia’s high performance program, Donaldson’s appointment is the second in a comprehensive restructure that will result in a leadership team that will be the envy of world rowing.

Donaldson will be familiar with his new role having previously held a similar position as Australian Men’s Head Coach for four years prior to the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. He is considered to be one of the world’s leading rowing coaches and was coach of the Oarsome Foursome at the Barcelona and Atlanta Olympic Games.

“The next Olympic cycle promises to be an exciting one for rowing in Australia and I look forward to working with all members of the high performance set up,” Donaldson said.

“I am encouraged to once again be working closely with our young and talented athletes and resuming coaching within the international arena”.

“The fantastic opportunity provided by the new arrangement with the AIS will allow athletes to optimize the wonderful resources at the AIS.”

In addition to Donaldson’s appointment, Lyall McCarthy has been retained as the Head National and AIS Women’s Coach.

McCarthy, who has been in charge of the women’s program since 2004, has also coached crews at four Olympic Games, including Beijing where he took charge of the women’s eight and pair.

These two appointments come three weeks after Matheson was named as the High Performance Director of the new program.

Matheson has spent the past six years as Rowing New Zealand’s high performance manager whereby the Kiwi’s have enjoyed a golden period in rowing.

AIS Director Professor Peter Fricker said Donaldson’s arrival at the AIS will continue the Institute’s tradition of pursuing excellence.

‘Noel will bring high level technical knowledge and international experience to the AIS/National rowing program’, Professor Fricker said.

‘He is enthusiastic about his role in assisting Australia’s talented rowing athletes achieve further success on the world sporting stage.

‘The Institute’s rowing program will be jointly managed and funded under an agreed management structure between the AIS and RA, and provides an exciting new platform for the future of high performance rowing in Australia.’

Rowing Australia CEO Andrew Dee welcomed the addition of Donaldson to the revamped high performance set up.

“Noel’s services have been chased by a number of other countries with lots of money and we are extremely fortunate to have been able to retain his expertise and experience in Australia”, Dee said.

“These three appointments are just the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in Australian rowing.”

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041

All RA media releases can be accessed via the media release archive

Wednesday 17 September

Adaptive news: HP grants and 2008-2009 indicative program

2009 Adaptive Rowing High Performance Grants Program

Rowing Australia recently received additional funding from the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) for the creation of an underpinning mainstream program for the development of adaptive rowing high performance pathways. This program has been designed so a State Rowing Association, on behalf of a club, can present Rowing Australia with an application for grants assistance to support certain aspects of High Performance Adaptive Rowing within their respective states.

The APC funding will assist in developing the adaptive rowing high performance pathways through focusing on key development areas identified in the 2007-2008 Adaptive Rowing National Audit.

All details regarding the grants program can be found within the application (pdf, 112kb).

Rowing Australia Adaptive Rowing Indicative Program 2008-2009

In planning for adaptive rowing’s progression through international competition, Rowing Australia has recently produced an Adaptive Rowing Indicative Program (pdf, 96kb). This program has been produced to encourage athletes to begin training earlier and to provide guidance in relation to the commitment and standards required to make the Australian Adaptive Team.

The Indicative Program for Adaptive Rowing encompasses time trials, ergometer tests and invitational camps. The objective of the indicative program is to set certain performance measures to best guide the rowers and coaches for the testing timeframes for the 2008-2009 season.

The dates and requirements within will not be made mandatory until otherwise instructed; however, prospective nominating athletes will be advised to take part in the listed tests to optimise their preparation for future national team selection.

Visit the Adaptive section for adaptive news updates.

Wednesday 17 September

Dr Bill Webb Trophy

Dr Bill Webb has been recognised for his contribution to Australian Rowing with his name to be associated with a newly dedicated rowing trophy.

SUBC Alumni, St Andrew's College and St Andrew's College Alumni have all contributed to a substantial new trophy which is to be awarded for the Men's Overall Champion at the Australian University Rowing Championships. The first presentation will be at Penrith on Friday 3rd October 2008.

Webb, who passed away in 2004, served as team doctor to the Australian Rowing Team for 22 years and made a large impact on several rowers, both past and present.

Webb was also recognised during the recent 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, when the Women’s Quad Scull named their boat after the late medico.

The Trophy is engraved as the

“Dr Bill Webb Trophy" - AUS Men's Rowing Champions

with the opposite side to read:

Presented by the Alumni of Sydney University Boat Club and St Andrew’s College, October 2008 to commemorate the contribution of Bill Webb to University Rowing and Australian Rowing. Bill Webb served as doctor to Australian Rowing Teams continuously from 1981 to 2003

The cup is silver, manufactured in Italy, and comes with a lined carry case - the initial base has 42 shields for engraving plus a photo of Bill Webb on a metallic plaque.

All three organisations hope that by dedicating this trophy that the efforts and endeavour of Dr. Bill Webb will long be remembered.

Wednesday 17 September

New Adaptive Boat Rule

Rowing Australia has set a minimum boat width rule in an attempt to eliminate the use of conventional single sculls to ensure that there is a level playing field for all participants, resulting in all rowers using similar restricted adaptive boats in the respective races.

This rule has been developed to not restrict rowers to certain boat manufactures or to lock out respective boat manufactures. The rule will allow rowers to enter a race using any boat of their choice made by any manufacture ensuring that the boat used meets the below rule, and other related adaptive boat rules and requirements.

Monday 15 September

Boats for sale

The NSWIS Rowing program is in the process of updating its fleet and is selling the boats listed below. The Empacher and KIRS Fours and Single are in excellent condition having had restricted use and only ever rowed by elite athletes.

Empacher C45 M4- 100kg (R123) 2004 85-100kg Carbon wing $17,000
Empacher S40 LM/W4- 60-80 (R388) 2004 57-80kg Carbon cylinders $17 000
KIRS Coxless Four  2005 100kg Aluminium wing   $15 000
Empacher C19 Single Scull (R073)  2004 55-70 Carbon Wing  $7 500
Small Euro Single 2002 80kg Blue hull/carbon rig $1 000
Small Euro Single 2002 80kg Blue hull/carbon rig $1 000
Small Euro Single 2002 80kg Yellow hull/all rig $1 000
4xRowerperfect Simulators 2003     $1 000 each

For information concerning any equipment listed above please ring:

Andrew Randell,
W. 02 9683 8440 or Mob: 0414 570 302

Friday 12 September

Results from the A Finals for Adaptive Rowing at the Beijing Paralympic Games

The Adaptive Rowing finals took place last night for the Beijing Paralympics Games, with both Australian Adaptive Rowing Team crews making it through to the A Finals.

In the Arms Only Men’s Single Scull (AM1x), Dominic Monypenny placed 6th, 37 seconds behind theleader.

The Trunk and Arms Mixed Double Scull (TA2x) combination of John MacLean and Kathryn Ross rowed their way to a Silver Medal, producing Australia’s first ever Paralympic Rowing medal.

Congratulations to both crews and their coaches Rik Bryan and Pedro Albisser for their success at the Beijing Paralympics!

For more information please refer to the Australian Paralympic Committee home page

Alternatively, you can visit the FISA website for results from Beijing at Also appearing on the World Rowing website is 'Dominic Monypenny - Athlete of the Month’.

Friday 12 September

Position vacant:
Rowing Queensland, Operations and Events Manager

Work Type: Full Time
Salary: $37,000 - $40,000 (+ Super)
Location: Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Closing Date: 26 September 2008


Rowing Queensland is seeking a dedicated person for the role of Operations and Events Manager reporting to the CEO. The RQI Operations and Events Manger is primarily responsible for the coordination and conduct of the organisations state wide regatta program and administration of Rowing Online Management System. The position is also responsible for coordination of events, conferences and special projects as directed by the CEO.

Selection Criteria:


  • Previous experience in developing, implementing and monitoring operational projects for clubs, schools, athletes and coaches at all levels.
  • Sports administration skills and experience including program development, managing and coordinating volunteers and working in small work teams.
  • Previous marketing and communication experience.
  • Knowledge of local and world trends in sport and recreation relating to sport associations and clubs.


  • Tertiary qualifications in sports administration, coaching, leisure or sports science and/or appropriate work experience.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office package

Apply to:

Name: Christian Renford
Phone: (07) 3846 2711

How To Apply: Refer to the position specification (pdf, 148kb). Applications to provide a one-page covering letter addressing the selection criteria, and CV, submitted electronically to Christian Renford, CEO, Rowing Queensland Inc.

Rowing coach and other position vacancies are regularly advertised — here —

Wednesday 10 September

Issue 43 of Australian Rowing News: now available

Contents include:

  • From the CEO
  • Historic day on Shunyi waters
  • Adaptive rowers strive for special gold
  • New Zealand pips Queensland in Youth Cup thriller
  • 2008/2009 Events of Interest
  • Coaches Tip
  • Athlete profile

— Click here —

Wednesday 10 September

2008 Youth Cup — image gallery

View images from the 2008 Youth Cup regatta held at Kawana Waters, Qld — here —

Wednesday 10 September

Vale Mal Price, 20 February 1942 to 7 September 2009

Mal Price was one of a small group of people who responded to a Rotary Club initiative to reestablish a rowing club in Murwillumbah.  He became the founding president of the current club which was established in the early 1970’s.   Mal remained president for many years and with his legendary enthusiasm, generosity, dedication and sheer hard work steered the club successfully through the difficult formative years.

As president, Mal always led by example. He was a tireless worker who generously donated much of his time as well as materials and equipment to the club. No task was too large or too difficult. The members responded to his leadership as they began to build a club from scratch.

Murwillumbah Rowing Club had humble beginnings with a few second hand fours and a handful of competitive members it began competing in Queensland regattas. To make the club more attractive to new members they purchased a new racing four. With insufficient funds in the kitty, Mal and some other members had to personally guarantee the loan. The Friday night and Saturday morning raffles in the Australian Hotel became more important than ever.

The Committee realized that the long term future of the club depended on the establishment of junior rowing. Mal was an enthusiastic supporter and mentor of the junior team and provided the much needed boat transport to regattas. Success soon came to both senior and junior rowers in the Northern Rivers competition. More members meant more boats so the shed had to be stretched again so that it could accommodate an eight as well as new single and double sculls, another task for Mal and his voluntary laborers. As the rowing skills of the membership progressed they began to venture outside Northern Rivers for competition. The club began to have some success in state championships in both New South Wales and Queensland.

The difficult formative years were over and Mal was able to take a well earned rest. He relinquished Presidency of the club and was able to devote his energies to the wider world of rowing. He became the president of Northern Rivers Rowing Association, a position that he held for a number of years with distinction. He was still as active as ever in club activities, particularly in boat repairs and other working bees. As a life member he became an important mentor to a new committee and maintained an active interest in club affairs.

The Olympic Games were to be held in Sydney in 2000 and with it came a great opportunity for the club to construct a new purpose built rowing shed. To Mal and his fellow founding members this was the opportunity to achieve a long held goal. The club seized the opportunity despite its limited financial resources. Murwillumbah Rowing Club now enjoys one of the best rowing facilities in regional Australia. The long held dream of Mal has been achieved.

Mal served long terms as president at both club and association level. He was a qualified Boat Rowing Official in both New South Wales and Queensland and has officiated at many regattas at both regional and state levels. He was well known and respected for his commitment to the sport in both Northern Rivers and Queensland. His work in founding and mentoring a new club in Murwillumbah is an enormous contribution both to his community and to the sport in general.

He will be sadly missed.

Friday 5 September

RA media release:
Ginn begins road to recovery

Triple Olympic gold medallist Drew Ginn has begun his rehabilitation following major back surgery performed just two weeks after claiming gold in the men’s pair with Duncan Free at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Ginn battled through the pain during the rowing regatta at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing – Canoeing Park in Beijing, revealing after the final the seriousness of the injury had almost caused him to withdraw from racing.

Ginn underwent surgery last Friday at The Avenue Hospital in Melbourne, having a micro – discectomy to repair a ruptured disk in the L4/L5 region of his lower back.

Ginn’s rehabilitation will take place over the next six weeks, where for the majority he will be restricted to lying down in bed.

“The pain had reached the stage last week where surgery became the only option but I am really happy with the work that the surgeon has done,” Ginn said. “I have been through a similar rehabilitation process in 2000 so know my limitations now over the coming weeks.

“I guess it will be hard to sit back and watch all the other athletes celebrating their achievements, but a few weeks in the scheme of things are not that important.”

In winning the gold medal in Beijing, Ginn joined fellow rowing great James Tomkins as Australia’s most successful Olympic rower. Both men have now won three gold medals during their Olympic careers.

N.B. – Drew will be unavailable for comment over the next week as he continues his rehabilitation.

For more information please call James Ward on 0409 458 661

Friday 5 September

Position vacant: WAIS, Director of Coaching

WAIS sport programs contributed to 14 WA athletes reaching the podium in Beijing, a result that continues a 24 year history of international sporting success.

Driving WAIS sport programs is a team of over 20 professional coaches. WAIS is committed to enhancing its support of our coaches and seeks to engage the services of an exceptional high performance coach to lead this team to future success.

This new position at the Western Australian Institute of Sport will be secured by a World Class Coach who is excited by the opportunity to lead the development and management of professional coaches within a high performance organisation

To be successful in this role you will be passionate about coaching and the role coaches must play in leading high performance programs to achieve targeted athlete performance objectives.

Your experience and coaching record will reflect the ability to successfully lead and manage multi-disciplinary high performance athlete support teams. Strategic analysis and planning along with outstanding written and verbal communication skills are crucial to this role.

A full position description and selection criteria can be obtained by visiting the WAIS website —

For further information about this opportunity, please contact Steven Lawrence, Executive Director, on (08) 9387 8166 or by email at

To apply for this position, please forward your application, including your resume and statements addressing the selection criteria to:

Executive Director
Western Australian Institute of Sport
PO Box 139
Claremont WA 6910


Applications for this position close 5.00pm Wednesday 17 September 2008.

Rowing coach and other position vacancies are regularly advertised — here —

Friday 5 September

Gallagher Great Race — Live Webcast Sunday 7 September

New Zealand’s equivalent of the Boat Race – the Gallagher Great Race – takes place on Sunday 7th September 1pm (NZ time). A live web cast will bring the race to rowing enthusiasts all over the world.

Cambridge University – the only crew to have ever defeated the University of Waikato in the men’s race – return aiming for another victory, whilst in the women’s race Sydney University take on the home crew.

University of Waikato includes Olympic bronze medallist Nathan Twaddle and Under 23 world champion Graham Oberlin-Brown, while New Zealand Olympic sculler Emma Twigg features in the women’s race.

The live webcast can be found at

Monday 1 September

RA media release:
Australian rowers begin quest for inaugural gold

The rowing section of the Australian Paralympic Team today embarked on their journey to win gold at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.

Dominic Monypenny, John MacLean and Kathryn Ross departed Sydney this morning on the QANTAS charter flight that carried all of Australia’s 170 strong team to the Chinese capital as they prepare to represent Australia at the inaugural rowing regatta at the Paralympic Games.

Tasmanian Monypenny will compete in the Adaptive Men’s Arms Only Single Scull, while MacLean and Ross will line up as a combination in the Adaptive Trunk and Arms Double Scull.

Monypenny won the 2005 and 2006 World Championships, before winning the silver medal last year. MacLean and Ross only competed together for the first time at the 2007 World Championships and paddled to a silver medal.

Australia has moved to the forefront of adaptive rowing and is expecting strong results from its two crews when racing begins on September 9.

Later this week a boat naming ceremony will be held at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing – Canoeing Park in Beijing.

Further details regarding this will be announced later in the week.

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041

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