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Archived latest news items: October 2008

Monday 27 October

2008 Rower of the Year awards: nominations sought

Rowing Australia is now seeking nominations for the 2008 Rower of the Year awards. These awards celebrate the achievements of Rowing Australia’s elite athletes, coaches and volunteers over the past year.

Download the nomination form (pdf, 92kb). Nominations close Friday 7 November.

Sunday 26 October

Position vacant:
Rowing Australia High Performance Assistant

The National Rowing Centre of Excellence (NRCE) is a joint venture between Rowing Australia (RA) and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). It will incorporate the entirety of RA’s High Performance Program and the AIS Scholarship and National Camps Programs. The primary objective of the NRCE is to achieve sustainable medal winning performances by Australia at Olympic and Paralympic Games consistent with the Rowing Australia High Performance Plan as determined by the RA Board. The NRCE will be managed by a Joint Management Committee (JMC) of RA and AIS personnel and will be located at the AIS boat sheds.

The role of the Rowing Australia High Performance Assistant at the new National Rowing Centre of Excellence (NRCE) is to provide high level administrative support to the National High Performance Director (NHPD) and Operations Manager (OM) to implement the National Activity Plan (NAP) with respect to the selection, preparation and touring of Rowing Australia’s national teams.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Providing administrative and logistical support in the implementation of the National Activity Plan including the planning, delivery and review of the annual international touring plan for Rowing Australia’s national teams.
  • Providing administrative and logistical support in the conduct of selection activities and National Training Camps.
  • In consultation with the NHPD and OM, preparing reports on behalf of the High Performance Unit for provision to the RA Board, Council and other program partners.
  • Liaising with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Coordinator in regards to RA’s responsibilities and ensuring compliance.

This position is available on a full time basis. Salary will be subject to experience and qualifications.

Applicants should send a brief letter of introduction highlighting relevant qualifications, together with a current detailed resume to by COB Friday 14 November, 2008.

If you require further information on the position please contact Naomi Wagstaff at the Rowing Australia office on (02) 6256 5999.

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

Wednesday 22 October

Media release:
2XU and Rowing Australia team for high performance alliance

MELBOURNE, October 2008 – Leading high performance sports apparel brand, 2XU, has claimed another victory in the elite sports arena; stepping up as a Corporate Sponsor of internationally revered sporting association Rowing Australia.  Boasting some of the most respected crews and athletes in the world, acknowledged for their fighting spirit, determination and perseverance, Rowing Australia presents strong synergies with 2XU – a brand equally built on a world-leading market position and superior performance. 

Having supplied numerous high performance uniforms to Rowing Australia thus far, 2XU is delighted to formalize the relationship for 2009 and beyond.  2XU is also a proud official apparel supplier to the likes of Triathlon Australia and Athletics Australia. 

In light of the official alliance, 2XU attended Rowing Australia’s Biennial National Coaches Conference, which took place on the Gold Coast earlier this month.  2XU’s high performance compression category was particularly well received; with both coaches and athletes quickly recognizing the brand’s obsessive focus on apparel made from superior fabrics, which deliver tangible benefits to the wearer. 

“Working with the world’s finest athletes and sporting institutes is integral to 2XU’s high performance formula and we are delighted to add Rowing Australia to our enviable list of respected sporting partners, ” said 2XU Director of Sales and Marketing, Aidan Clarke. 

Rowing Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Dee, is equally excited by the alliance.

“We’re thrilled with the sponsorship,” said Dee.  “2XU apparel will allow our rowers to progress to the next level of competition in a sport that relies on maintaining peak performance.”

In celebration of the ongoing relationship, some of Rowing Australia’s brightest stars including James Tomkins, David Crawshay, Karsten Forsterling, Kim Crow and Sarah Tait attended 2XU’s stunning summer 08-09 Fitness Runway Launch event, which took place in Hampton last Thursday evening.  Champagne and athletic champions were the backdrop to an evening of fine high performance sporting fashions!


2XU ("Two Times You") was launched in January 2005, and is driven by a relentless company mission to advance human performance through the development of world-leading athletic garments.  In its first year, 2XU graced the skin of multiple World Champion athletes and has since formed powerful alliances and key partnerships with World Champions across the globe in numerous sporting niches including Triathlon, Cycling and Mountain Running.  2XU is also a proud official apparel supplier to the Australian Institute of Sport. 

Founded and based in Melbourne, Australia; 2XU is fast becoming the most technical sports brand in the world.  Designed and tested in consultation with industry experts, all garments employ intelligent physiological design, cutting edge performance fabrics and construction.  The premium Australian brand is now stocked in 22 countries around the world.   

2XU is chaired by clothing veteran Clyde Davenport (founder & past owner of Davenport Industries) and Co-Directed by former world triathlon athlete Jamie Hunt and marketing specialist Aidan Clarke.

Saturday 18 October

Issue 44 of Australian Rowing News: now available

Contents include:

  • From the CEO
  • Coaches' conference paves way for excitin future
  • Rowing aims for prominence in new sporting vision
  • Silver medal just reward for Paralympians
  • High performance structure continues growth phase
  • Dee retained as Rowing Australia CEO
  • 2008/2009 Events of Interest
  • Coaches Tip
  • Australian Youth Olympic Festival 2009
  • Athlete profile

— Click here —

Saturday 18 October

World Rowing e-magazine: subscribe for free

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Friday 17 October

Sports Excellence Forum

Rowing Australia CEO Andrew Dee and President Pat McNamara attended the 2008 Sporting Excellence Forum in Melbourne on the 9th and 10th of October. The forum was aimed at high performance sport in Australia. Download the discussion paper (doc, 212kb).

Wednesday 15 October

RA media release:
Rowing CEO extends stay

14 October 2008

Rowing Australia CEO, Andrew Dee, will remain in his current position after the board extended his contract until the end of 2012.

Dee has been head of the National Sporting Organisation since February 2003 and has been central to a number of important changes in the sport, more recently the formation of the new high performance structure between the AIS and Rowing Australia.

Dee says that he is looking forward to spending four more years with Rowing Australia.

“I appreciate the show of faith that the Board has demonstrated in reappointing me for another four years,” Dee said.

“Australian sport is experiencing challenging times and I am confident I can contribute to the discussions about the future structure and funding for the benefit of rowing and sport as a whole.”

The latest announcement from Rowing Australia comes after the appointment of Andrew Matheson as National Performance Director, Noel Donaldson as Men’s Head Coach and the re-appointment of Lyall McCarthy as Women’s Head Coach.

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041

Monday 6 October

World Rowing e-newsletter, September 2008: now available

Read the September e-newsletter and subscribe to future editions.

Monday 6 October

First J8 race in the world

This photo is of the two history making J8s from the first J8 race in the world, at the 2008 Australian Masters Rowing Championships at Nagambie, 29 May to 1 June.

To ensure that both crews averaged 80+ years, two composite crews were entered.

Winners: Canberra/Drummoyne/Riverside/Hawthorn/Bairnsdale
Second : Banks/Nagambie/Hawthorn/Richmond.

Ninth from the right is Ralph Howard the oldest oarsman at 90 years, and third from the right is Don Christie, 80 years old.

Photo courtesy Robin Murphy


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