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Archived latest news items: November 2008

Wednesday 26 November

RA media release:
McNamara remains as Australian rowing President

Patrick McNamara has been re-elected as President of Rowing Australia following the AGM that was held in Hobart last weekend.

McNamara, a former deputy Premier of Victoria for seven years, first assumed the position in 2000 and has been at the heart of some of the major developments in Australian rowing during this period.

McNamara has also held the post as President of the Commonwealth Rowing Association.

Joining McNamara in gaining re-election to the board is the current Rowing Australia Director of Development and Football Federation Australia High Performance Director, John Boultbee. Boultbee is also an executive member of international body for rowing, FISA.

Michael Sparksman is the only new addition to the board, and he replaces Bob Pennington, who did not seek re-nomination. Sparksman and Boultbee will serve two year terms.

The full Rowing Australia board:

President — Patrick McNamara
Director of Finance — David England
Director of High Performance — Colin Smith
Director of Development — John Boultbee
Director, Chair of Athlete’s Commission — Rebecca Joyce
Director — Ray Ebert
Director — Mike McKay
Director — Michael Sparksman

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041


Thursday 27 November

RA media release:
Crew makes history on Yarra River

History will be made on Melbourne’s Yarra River this weekend as the first ever “adaptive” rowing eight competes in the 50th running of the Head of the Yarra.

The Head of the Yarra Regatta is the largest regatta in the Southern Hemisphere and is only open to coxed eights.

188 boats have been entered in this year’s event, with international crews also making the journey to Melbourne to compete in the regatta.

The “adaptive” rowing crew will feature former Australian representatives, as well as members of the 2008 Australian team, most notably Kathryn Ross (VIC) who claimed a silver medal at the Beijing Paralympics.

Joining Ross in the crew are Lisa Brown (VIC), Peter Siri (QLD), Sam Redding (SA), Kirra Yates (VIC), Leroi Court (TAS), Carol Cooke (VIC), Julia Collins (NSW) and Michael Bishop (VIC).

The crew has received vital support from a number of organisations which has enabled them to compete in the event. The Yarra Yarra Rowing Club will provide accommodation and coaching, Wesley College organised a boat for the crew and the Australian Paralympic Committee covered the entry fees.

Carol Cooke, who will row in the 4 seat on the weekend, says that the opportunity to race in such a major event will be a highlight for all members of the crew.

“We want to show others that anything is possible no matter what your disability and that we can compete in the able bodied world,” Cooke said. “I am hoping that we can prove that there is room for an adaptive category and next year invite other countries to take part as well.”

Full biography on crew members (pdf, 52kb)

For more information contact Carol Cooke on 0417 360 883


Wednesday 26 November

RA media release:
McNamara remains as Australian rowing President

Patrick McNamara has been re-elected as President of Rowing Australia following the AGM that was held in Hobart last weekend.

McNamara, a former deputy Premier of Victoria for seven years, first assumed the position in 2000 and has been at the heart of some of the major developments in Australian rowing during this period.

McNamara has also held the post as President of the Commonwealth Rowing Association.

Joining McNamara in gaining re-election to the board is the current Rowing Australia Director of Development and Football Federation Australia High Performance Director, John Boultbee. Boultbee is also an executive member of international body for rowing, FISA.

Michael Sparksman is the only new addition to the board, and he replaces Bob Pennington, who did not seek re-nomination. Sparksman and Boultbee will serve two year terms.

The full Rowing Australia board:

President — Patrick McNamara
Director of Finance — David England
Director of High Performance — Colin Smith
Director of Development — John Boultbee
Director, Chair of Athlete’s Commission — Rebecca Joyce
Director — Ray Ebert
Director — Mike McKay
Director — Michael Sparksman

For more information please call David Polglase on 0401 453 041


Monday 17 November

Position vacant:
Business Manager, South Australian Rowing Association

The South Australian Rowing Association are seeking the services of a suitably qualified person for the role of Business Manager.

Remuneration:  in the vicinity of $55K pa plus superannuation

Location: Based at the SARA Office, West Lakes

Responsibilities and Personal Specification – download (pdf, 24kb)

Applications close: Friday 28/11/2008

Applications should include a brief cover letter addressing the main criteria, together with a CV and should be forwarded to Eastaughffe.Michael@lmc.sa.gov.au  or by mail to – 100 Military Road, West Lakes Shore SA 5020

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


Friday 14 November

Positions vacant:
Senior Coach — Women, Rowing (Job no. 1033)
Senior Coach — Men, Rowing (Job no. 1137)

Senior Coach — Women, Rowing

Job No. 1033, salary negotiable

The Australian Institute of Sport and Rowing Australia are seeking the services of a suitably qualified senior coach to support the national women’s high performance program in preparation for the London Olympic Games and beyond.

Under the direction of the National High Performance Director and the National/AIS Head Coach – Women you will provide elite coaching skills in the development of AIS scholarship and national team rowers to provide intensive, high-quality training, support services and competition opportunities.

Position is based in Canberra and will be available until 31 December 2012.

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 Nick Hunter on (02) 6214 1911.

Applications close Monday, 24 November 2008

Senior Coach — Men, Rowing

Job No. 1137, salary negotiable

The Australian Institute of Sport and Rowing Australia are seeking the services of a suitably qualified senior coach to support the national men’s high performance program in preparation for the London Olympic Games and beyond.

Under the direction of the National High Performance Director and the National/AIS Head Coach – Men you will provide elite coaching skills in the development of AIS scholarship and national team rowers to provide intensive, high-quality training, support services and competition opportunities.

Position is based in Canberra and will be available until 31 December 2012.

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 Nick Hunter on (02) 6214 1911.

Applications close Monday, 24 November 2008

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


Friday 14 November

Movember — Return of the Mo!

Support Marty Rabjohns and help raise money to fund research and increase support networks for those men who suffer from prostate cancer and depression.

Read Marty's letter (doc, 24kb)


Wednesday 12 November

Position vacant:
Director of Rowing, St Joseph’s Nudgee College

St Joseph’s Nudgee College is a GPS Catholic Boys’ Boarding and Day school in the Edmund Rice Tradition for Years 5-12, with a student population of 1380.

The College is seeking to employ an energetic and hard working person to fill the role of Director of Rowing, who will be responsible for the College’s GPS Rowing Program. Ideally the successful applicant would commence in Term 2 2009 in preparation for the 2009/2010 rowing season, however this is negotiable.

The position may suit a teacher who would teach part-time, or a Sports Administrator who would join our Activities office part time, while coordinating the rowing program. The successful applicant will display a high level of experience within the sport and demonstrate the necessary administrative skills required to facilitate and organise the day to-day running of the program.

Interested applicants are invited to submit a full curriculum vitae, which includes current referees, to Ms Trina Sullivan via email on TSullivan@nudgee.com or post to St Joseph’s Nudgee College, PO Box 130, Virginia QLD 4014.

Applications close Tuesday 18 November 2008 and interviews will take place shortly after. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified in writing.

Educating Boys with Spirit

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


Friday 7 November

Position vacant:
NRCE Elite Development Manager

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 Elite Development Manager (EDM) is a new role at the NRCE. The EDM will provide high level strategic planning advice to the National High Performance Director (NHPD) and secondly, to provide National leadership and coordination of all aspects of Elite Development (athletes and coaches) in the National Performance Framework.

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 nwagstaff@rowingaustralia.com.au by COB Friday 14 November, 2008.

If you require further information on the position please contact Matt Draper at the NRCE on 0407 942 181.

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


Friday 7 November

Scott Brennan nominated for Australian of the Year

Congratulations to Tasmania’s Scott Brennan who has made the final list of nominations for Australian of the Year. Brennan joins three other Tasmanians, as well as four from all other states and territories. The winner will be announced on January 25.


Saturday 1 November

Position vacant:
VIS Rowing Senior Coach

The Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) provides an environment in which talented athletes have the opportunity to excel in sport and life. Rowing has been a Tier 1 sport at the VIS since 1990 and has achieved outstanding results including 6 Olympic titles, 16 World Championship titles and 3 Junior World Championship titles.

In keeping with Rowing Australia’s post Olympic policy for the appointment of network coaches, the VIS, in conjunction with Rowing Victoria (RV) and Rowing Australia (RV), is seeking applications for the position of VIS Rowing Senior Coach, to work under the direction of the VIS Head Coach, based in Melbourne.

The successful applicant will:

  • Be responsible for coaching, planning, delivering and monitoring all aspects of the VIS Rowing program together with the VIS Head Coach
  • Provide advanced coaching for athletes in the program
  • Assist in the integration of the activities of club coaches and service personnel
  • Oversee, foster and support the development of VIS rowers involved in VIS squad camps and activities through the communication of effective rowing technique and related issues such as fitness, nutrition and sports psychology

The successful applicant should have:

  • A minimum of Level 3 NCAS Rowing coach accreditation
  • Proven experience working within an integrated high performance environment
  • Proven Rowing coaching record especially in developing elite athletes and progressing them to successful senior international careers
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in coaching, sport science/human movement and ICT may be an advantage

The successful applicant will demonstrate:

  • A thorough knowledge and understanding of the high performance requirements for athletes to aspire to and succeed at the highest international level
  • Proven leadership and decision making skills, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, sound organisational and planning skills complemented by attention to detail
  • An ability to contribute to the development of the VIS high performance culture and environment
  • Mental versatility and an innovative, enterprising approach to training in order to maintain a competitive edge for VIS athletes

An information pack is available by contacting Tim Lai on +61 3 9425 0012 or email to timothy.lai@vis.org.au. For further information, please contact VIS Performance Manager, Marty Aitken on +61 3 9425 0011 or email to marty.aitken@vis.org.au.

Applications should be forwarded to Tim Lai, Performance Coordinator, Victorian Institute of Sport, PO Box 12608, A’Beckett Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 8006 (email timothy.lai@vis.org.au)

Closing date for applications is 5.00pm on Monday, 10 November 2008

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


Saturday 1 November

Head of the Tweed River, Sunday 28 June 2009

The Tweed River Head 21km Race is on again next year, Sunday 28/6/09. The inaugural event was quite successful with over 80 boats participating — have your club participate in 2009.

There are two brand new Carmody Training Singles to give away: one will be won by a club the other by a school. This will be by way of a draw so even the smallest clubs have a chance.

Please dont hesitate to contact John Macdonald. Visit www.hott.com.au, which also has a great range of photos from this year's event.

Accommodation discounts are available (at this stage) from the Imperial Hotel Murwillumbah, and the Tweed River Motel. For more details please download the flier (pdf, 436kb).

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