Rowing WA News
2013 Australian Senior Teams Selected
Rowing WA would like to congratulate the following WA Athletes who have been selected to attend the U23 and Senior World Championships later this year.
Establishment of Mandurah Rowing Club
Establisment of Mandurah Rowing Club
Its with excitement that Rowing WA announces that the establishment of the Mandurah Rowing Club is underway with a passionate committee seeking incorporation, negotiations for storage space and access to facilities and a recruitment drive taking place.
The Club and Rowing WA is inviting the general public of Mandurah, Rockingham and the greater Peel Region to have a go at rowing on Sunday 19 May (0900-1200 hours) on the Mandurah Foreshore, with single sculls and ergos available for use. Ross Brown, High Performance Development Officer, will be present to run talent identification assessments and talk to participants. Anyone interested in coming along should visit http://tinyurl.com/cxvmghd to register their interest and ensure that they can have a go at rowing on the water or one of the rowing machines. Alternatively, the Club President, Cameron Hearne, can be contacted on 0415 268 859 or visit the Club on Facebook (http://facebook.com/
Of course, it would be great if any current or past rowers in the area could attend the Have a Go Day or contact the Club.
Alan Salisbury celebrates his 80th with a gorgeous early morning row!
As the sun rose on 9 April, Alan Salisbury celebrated his 80th birthday by rowing bow seat of an 8+ crewed and coxed by rowers he has coached over the years, including his son Darryl as stroke. Alan and Darryl will be competing in Turin later this year. Best way to turn 80!
2 WARC members honoured at Clubs WA Awards Night
Alan Salisbury and Hannah Vermeersch honoured at Clubs WA Awards Night
Rowing WA would like to extend its congratulations to Alan Salisbury was honoured last night with the Clubs WA Volunteer Club Legend of the year award, beating out 12 other finalists from around the State. Alan was presented with his award by the MInister for Sport - Terry Waldron and his acceptance speech was both charming and humbling, Alan always the enthusiast, ended his speech with a recruitment drive, inviting anyone down to try the sport with Westies.
Hannah was also named Amatuer Sportsperson of the year after her amazing 2012, which culminated in competing at the London Olympics.
Alan charming host Andrea Burns.
For an informed profile of Alan please follow this link Alan Salisbury
Congratulations to PSA boys selected to attend the National Junior Trials
Schools Pathway 8+
Rowing WA in partnership with Rowing Australia are proud to announce the following schoolboys who have been selected to attend the U19 Australian Selection Trials later this month in Sydney. The pathway 8 is a new concept for Australian rowing and is aimed at promoting a Schoolboy 8 crew to represent Australia at the World Championships, a boat category we have not raced at Junior World Championships for a number of years. A four will also attend selections, with the boys competing in pairs after the big boat selections have been finalised.
Rowing WA would like to congratulate Ross Brown who has coordinated the program as well as coaches Paul Bolton and Jamie Jones who will travel with the group to Sydney. Ross commented on the process "Its great to see a number of boys out in small boats after the PSA head of the River, it shows that with a little motivation school kids are still keen to be involved in the sport following the school season."
Good luck at selections guys!
Max Welborn CCGS
Sam Marsh CCGS
Jex Fatin TC
Luke Hutchenson TC
Jordan Ziliotto TC
Lachlan Howden TC
Jeremy Grainger WC
Jordan Lee SC
Cox - David Colton TC
Liam Ward AC
Nic House CCGS
Nico Brits AC
Nicholas Pearson SRRC
2013 Masters State Team Selections
Congratulations to the following ladies who have been selected to represent Western Australian in a state crew to attend the Australian Masters Rowing Championships in Canberra.
Women’s D Quad
Thank you to all of you who nominated and good luck to the selected crew.
Open Letter Sydney International Rowing Regatta
Following the success of the 2013 SIRR Colin Smith, John Boultbee and Andrew Dee have published an open letter to share the plaudits and congratulations, and to thank all individuals that contributed to the success of the event.
Please click on the icon for the open letter here Open Letter - SIRR 20133
A copy of the letter is available on the RA website at http://www.rowingaustralia.
Rowing Australia again extends its sincere gratitude to all members of the Organising Committee, volunteers, athletes, coaches, spectators, officials, staff, contractors and others whose hard work, dedication and professionalism made the 2013 SIRR such a successful event.
Thanks in advance and kind regards,
General Manager - Operations
Direct: (02) 6214 7522
Fax: (02) 6281 3910
Schools Pathway VIII Selection
Rowing Australia, in conjunction with the State Associations, has developed a new initiative to create a pathway for school aged rowers into the high performance system. The School Pathway Eight will give a male and female eight the opportunity to race off at the National Junior Selection Trials, 22nd to 26th April 2013 at the Sydney Internation Regatta Centre.
To view the selection policy please click on the following link - Schools Pathway VIII - Selection Policy
25 WA invitees to the Senior Australian Rowing Trials
Congratulations to the following athletes who have been invited to attend the Senior and U23 Australian Trials which will be held in Sydney in late April. The list shows the strong depth of the Sport in WA at the current time and reflects the strong showing by our athletes at the recent National Championships. Good luck to all our athletes in their quest for selection.
Rhys Grant - ANA
Ben Williams- Fremantle
Cameron Brewer - ANA
Tom Gatti - SRRC
Brendan Murray - SRRC
Sam Hughes - WARC
Nick Wakeford - WARC
Perry Ward - SRRC
Tim Widdicombe - UWABC
Tom Meares - UWABC
Hannah Vemeersch - WARC
Alexandra Hagan - SRRC
Helen O'Keefe - ANA
Maia Simmonds - UWABC
David Watts - SRRC
Matt Cochran - WARC
Lachlan Chapman - SRRC
Cameron Fowler - SRRC
Mario LoPresti - FRC
Max Armstrong - FRC
Alex Murphy - ANA
Lilly Tinapple - SRRC
Hannah Jansen - ANA
Emma Jones - ANA
Jess Bowyer - FRC
WA results at SIRR 2013
WA Results at the Sydney International Rowing Regatta
Interstate Regatta Results
Congratulations to the entire WA State Team who made it one of WA's most successful Interstate regattas ever:
1st - Rhys Grant in the Mens Single Scull - WA's first win since 1983.
1st - Hannah Jansen, Jess Bowyer, Helen O'Keefe and Maia Simmonds in the InterstateWomens Lightweight Quad.
3rd Mens Youth Eight - Cleary, Fowler, Moynihan, Pearson, Chapman, Kerr, Hayes, Lyche and Scott.
3rd Womens Eight - Brown, Smith, Rose, Rukuwai, Miles, Vermeersch, Hagan, Rowe and Maguire
4th in the Womens Single Scull - Alex Hayes
4th in the Lightweight Mens Coxless Four - Armstrong, Meares, Widdicombe and Ward
4th in the Womens Youth Eight - Fitzpatrick, Brenz-Verca, Woodall, Thompson, Thornton, Wheeler, Tinapple, Jones and Fergusson
4th in the Men's Eight - Payne, Gatti, Williams, Grant, Brewer, Murray, Cochran, Watts and Martin
World Cup Events
Congratulations to Hannah Vermeersch and Alex Hagan who picked up gold for Australia in the Women's Eight event at the World Cup, as well as Maia Simmonds who picked up a Silver in the Womens Lightweight Double Scull and Matt Cochran who picked up a Bronze as part of Australia's Mens Eight.
Tom Meares and Tim Widdicombe also finished in 4th place in the Australia 2 crew in the the Lightweight Mens Four and who backed up to finish 5th in the Australia 2 crew in the Mens Eight.
David Watts also finished 5th in the Men's Single Scull.
Club Results at SIRR 2013:
Declan Thornton & Patrick Boere (SRRC) - Gold in U17M2x
Thewlis, Dick, Thompson, Rose, Rukuwai, Smith, Miles, Rowe, Maguire (Composite) - Gold in OW8+
Lachlan Chapman and Cameron Fowler - Gold in U23LM 2-
Lilly Tinapple (SRRC/Mosman) - Gold in U23 W2-
Hannah Jansen (ANA/Melbourne Uni Composite) - Gold in U23LW2x
Fowler, Chapman, Armstrong, LoPresti (FRC/SRRC) - Gold in U23LM4-
Jack Cleary (ANA) - Gold in U19 M1x
Georgia Wheeler (SRRC) - Gold in U17 W1x
Lilly Tinapple (SRRC / Composite) - Silver in the U19W2x
Lucy Jenkins and Georgia Wheeler (SRRC) - Silver in the U17W2x
Jones, Bowyer, Brown & O'Keefe - Silver in the OLW4x
Schaafsma,Davies, Brenz-Verca, Fitzpatrick, Kelsall,Young,Woodall &Tinapple (Composite Crew) - Silver in the U19W8+
Tinapple and Maguire (Composite Crew) - Silver in the U23W8+
Giles-Beere, Murphy, Ravine, Chapman, Fowler, LoPresti, Armstrong, Ward & Maguire (Composite Crew) Silver in the OLW8-
UWA/Swans Composite - Hayes, Lyche, Hughes, Payne - 2nd in the U23M 4-
Maegan Thompson (SRRC) - Silver in the U21 W1x
Hannah Jansen - Silver in the U23 LW 1x
Emma Jones & Jessica Bowyer (FRC/ANA) - Bronze in U23LW2x
UWA/ANA Composite - Dalton, Moynihan, Carter, Kerr and Whitaker Bronze in U23 M4+
Kerr, Hayes, Cleary, Lyche, Campbell, Payne, Hughes, Gatti, Scott (Composite) - Bronze in the U23M 8+
ANA/FRC Composite - Schaafsma, Storey, MacPhail, Huggins - Bronze in U23 W4x
ANA/FRC Composite - Smith, Dick, Rukawai, Miles - Bronze in OW4-
Rebecca McIntyre (FRC) - Bronze in U17 W1x
Alex Hagan (SRRC/Mercantile) - Bronze in OW 2-
Helen O'Keefe - Bronze in the OLW 1x
Perry Ward - Bronze in the OLM 1x
Thomas Meares and Timothy Widdicombe 3rd in OLM 2-
Alex Murphy - Bronze in the U23 LW 1x
Max Armstrong and Mario LoPresti - Bronze in U23LM 2-
Helen O'Keefe and Sian Flynn - Bronze in OLW 2x
Denika Kelsall - Bronze in the Schoolgirl Single Scull
Brewer, Wakeford, Hughes, Murray (Composite) - 5th in the OM4-
Conolon, Morton, Wright, Grant (Composite) - 4th in the OM4x
Matt Cochran and David Watts - 4th in A Final of U23M2
Rhys Grant 4th in the A Final of the OM 1x
Cameron Brewer /Adelaide Uni - 4th in the A Final OM 2-
Maia Simmonds - 4th in the A Final of the OLW 1x
Emma Jones - 4th in the A Final of the U23LW 1x
Ben Williams and Rhys Grant - 4th in the A Final of the OM 2x
Alexander Payne & James Kerr (UWA) - 7th in the U23 M2x
Kate Woodall (SRRC/Composite) - 6th in the U19 W2x A Final
Nicholas Pearson * Matthew Stubberfield (SRRC) - 5th in the U19 M2x
Gabriella Bekir-Fuente & Rebecca McIntyre (FRC) - 5th in the U17 W2x
Sarah Hammond & Sim Healy (SRRC/UWA) - 7th in the U23LW 2x
Kovacs, McKinnon, Wiliams, Curnow (Composite) - 5th in the OM4x
Healy, Warschauer, Williams, Young (Composite) - 5th in the U23LW4x
Holliday, Williamson, Boere, Thornton, King (SRRC/FRC) 6th in the U17M4x
Fitzpatrick, Kelsall, Davies, Brenz-Verca (Composite) 7th in the U19W4x
Peter Holliday & Mario LoPresti (FRC) 4th in the Club M2x
Jaxon Carter * Charles Ravine (UWA) 7th in the Club M2x
Zoe Thornton 3rd in B Final of U21W1x
Caitlin McPhail 8th in B Final of U21W1x
James Kerr 8th in A final of U21 M1x
Alex Lyche and Christopher Hayes 2nd in B Final of U23M2-
Cassidi Young 7th in B Final U19 W1x
Kate Woodall 8th in A Final of U19 W1x
Nicholas Pearson 1st in B Final of U19 M1x
Matthew Stubberfield 4th in B Final of U19 M1x
Declan Thornton 2nd in B Final of U17 M1x
Patrick Boere 7th in A Final of U17 M1x
Kate Mannolini and Amaani Alikan 3rd in B Final of U19W2-
Laurina Fitzpatrick and Denika Kelsall 6th in A final of U19 W2-
Ben WIlliams 1st in the B Final of the OM 1x
Ashlee Rowe and Ashleigh Miles 2nd in the B Final of the OW 2-
Amanda Rukuwai & Rebecca Smith 3rd in the B Final of the OW 2-
Katherine Thewlis & Julia Dick 4th in the B Final of the OW 2-
Hannah Vermeersch / Mrelbourne Uni 6th in the A Final of the OW2-
Nick Wakeford and Sam Hughes 1st in the B Final of the OM 2-
Tom Gatti and Brendan Murray 7th in the A Final of the OM 2-
Demi Williams - 7th in the B Final of the U23 LW 1x
Lauren Warschauer - 8th in the B Final of the U23 LW1x
Jess Bowyer - 6th in the A Final of the U23LW 1x
Sarah Hammond - 7th in the A Final of the U23LW 1x
Cassidi Young - 6th in the A Final of the U21LW 1x
Amy Weston - 7th in the B Final of the Schoolgirl Scull
PLC Perth - 1st in the B final of the Schoolgirl Coxed Four
PLC Perth - 8th in the B Final of the Schoolgirl coxed Quad Scull
Willis Armstrong - 8th in the A final of the Schoolboys Single Scull
Apologies to anyone we may have missed.
2013 Youth Olympics Wrap up
Australian Youth Olympic festival
On the 16th – 20th January Sydney hosted the Australian Youth Olympic Festival which attracted 30 nations, competing in 17 sports and producing 1700 athletes. Rowing WA had sent a team of 10 female and 10 male athletes who competed against each state along with teams from Great Britain, New Zealand and Vanuatu.
The Regatta began on the last 2 days of competition and our female athletes raced their way into three A finals and five B final events. The male athletes were in three A finals, four B finals and one C final event. All racing was close with New Zealand and Great Britain dominating majority of events. Both of our eights came 4th in the A final with Great Britain just getting over the line for the Bronze medal. The men’s eight was 2.24 seconds off third and the women’s eight with a very close race with 0.27 seconds from third place.
Overall our athletes had raced well but it was our lightweights who brought home our medals. Nicolo Maurogiovanni and Thomas Meares raced the men’s lightweight double scull (ML2X) and won bronze. Georgia Wheeler and Emma Jones raced in the lightweight double scull (WL2X) and won a silver medal and were only 1.72 seconds behind New Zealand in first place. This was an amazing result considering Georgia who is 15 years old raced her first 2km race in the heat. These young athletes have a great future of racing in front of them.
A big thanks to our State Team Manager Steph Bale who coordinated all aspects of the travelling team with assistance from Ross Brown and coaches Jamie Jones, Jamie Hewlett, Neville Kempton and Nick Collins.
2013 Rowing WA Annual General Meeting
The 2013 Rowing WA Annual General Meeting was held on the 22 February 2013. Two new members were elected to the Board. Glen Loftus to the Director of High Performance and Michael Jones Director of Regattas. They replace two retiring Directors, Stephen Mann and Lynne Bayliss.
The Association would like to extend its gratitude to Stephen Mann and Lynne Bayliss who decided not to stand for re-election this year to the positions they have held since 2006. Both Stephen and Lynne have provided significant contributions to rowing in Western Australia over many years, and we still look forward to them being involved in the sport in the years to come.
After Rowing WA's board meeting held on 6 March 2013 two new Directors were appointed, Konrad Floan and Lynne Bayliss. We welcome them and look forward to their contributions over the next 2 years.
President: Craig James
Finance Director: Glyn Heath
Regattas Director: Michael Jones
Director High Performance: Glen Loftus
Director Club Development: Catriona Walker
Director Marketing & Media: Catriona Gregg
Director Facilities: Richard Lipscombe
Appointed Directors: Peter Beekink, Lynne Bayliss and Konrad Floan.
PSA Regatta - Aquinas College - Draw
The next Schoolboys Regatta is to be held at Champion Lakes Regatta Centre on Saturday, 9th March 2013 with the host School Aquinas College.
Please click on the link for the Draw - 9th March 2013 - Draw - Aquinas College
2013 Australian Masters Rowing Championship Update
2013 AUSTRALIAN MASTERS ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS incl ANZAC CHALLENGE CUP
ENTRIES OPEN - over 900 competitors from AUS & NZL expected
Rowing ACT has been successful in attracting the 2013 Australian Masters Rowing Championships to Canberra as part of the city’s Centenary celebrations. In a break from tradition, the event will be held to coincide with ANZAC Day.
Member Protection Information Officers Course
The Department of Sport and Recreation together with the West Australian Sports Federation are conducting a seminar for Member Proection Information Officers Course to be held on 26 March 2013.
For all the information regarding this course please click on the link MPIO Flyer 26 March 2013
2013 Masters State Team Selections
2013 Western Australian Masters State Team Selections
Rowing WA are calling for nominations to the Australian Masters 2013 Rowing Championships to be held at Lake Burley Griffin, Australian Capital Territory on 25th April 2013 to 28th April 2013.
For the selection policy and nomination forms please click on the links below
WA draws well for Kings and Queens Cup Events
Official Kings and Queens Cup lane draws
At the official lane draw held last night in Sydney, WA has drawn well with Lane 5 in the Kings Cup and Lane 3 in the Kings Cup. Ross Brown who has been assisting with State Team preparations said that in the Kings Cup WA will benefit from lining up alongside Victoria in lane 4 with NSW alongside them in Lane 3, with the Women also lining up to reigning champions Victoria who drew lane 2.
Lane 1: ACT
Lane 2: SA
Lane 3: NSW
Lane 4: VIC
Lane 5: WA
Lane 6: QLD
Lane 7: TAS
Lane 1: ACT
Lane 2: VIC
Lane 3: WA
Lane 4: TAS
Lane 5: SA
Lane 6: NSW
Lane 7: QLD
FISA Extraordinary Congress
FISA Extraordinary Congress
Recently on the 15th & 16th of February 87 delegates from 51 member federations of the World Rowing Association FISA gathered in Copenhagen to consider 49 proposed changes to the Statutes and 89 proposed changes to the Rules of Racing as well as 10 appendices to the Statutes and Rules.
Click [here] for more details.
Fremantle Masters looking for extra rows in Canberra
Four of us from Fremantle rowing club are planning to go to Canberra for the masters. We are looking to join with others to fill up on our competition schedule and wondering about the following races
Jane 47yo 75Kg
looking to row
event 73 WMB8+
event 107 WMC8+
event 144 WMD8+ bow or stroke side OK
Michaela 50yo 77Kg
looking to row
event 144 WMD8+ bow side OK
Phil 59yo 74kg
looking to row
event 87 MMC4X
event 89 MMF-J 8+
John - 63Y - 95kg
Looking to row:
Event 109 MMF 4X, with Phil.
If you might be looking for crew for any of these events we would be delighted to hear from you
See you on Lake B-G!
Phil, Jane and Michaela and John
SIRR - Event Information
SIRR - EVENT INFORMATION - NEWS ARTICLES
The web link for this is here: http://eepurl.com/vS9cz
Also, don’t miss all the SIRR web stories. SIRR website here: http://www.rowingdownunder.
- USA team
- South African school intro St Stithianns
- And small article, incl pics on King’s Cup plaque unveiling & reference to RNSW King’s Cup luncheon incl Interstate lane draw will be up tomorrow.
Also, 1 month to go article on World Rowing last week: http://www.worldrowing.com/
Feel free to share all of the above wherever possible.
Thank you very much for your support,
Rowing Australia – Sydney International Rowing Regatta
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News Flash - 2013 Australian Masters Rowing Championships
News Flash - 21 February 2013
Just under 10 weeks to go and the 2013 event is shaping up to be one of the highlights of Canberra’s Centenary year. Bulletin 2 for the event is being finalised and will be published to coincide with entries opening, however there are a few things we thought it best to let you know now, given enquiries are starting to roll in.
New Entry System for 2013 Masters
Rowing Australia (RA) has confirmed that Regatta Central (RC) will be used for the 2013 Masters event. More Information on submitting entries is available here.
As previously advised the Seat Fee for each event entered is $45, no charge for coxswains. This seat fee is inclusive of a Regatta Central administration charge of 8% on each seat entry. The decision to include the charge as part of the seat fee is a decision that has been made for the 2013 Masters only. Rowing Australia acknowledges that given competitors had already been advised the seat fee prior to the finalisation of the Regatta Central administration charge, then it would not be appropriate to increase the fee further. The Organising Committee is greatly appreciative of this outcome.
Entry dates and deadlines
Entries for the regatta will be open from 9:00am on Wednesday 27 February and will close at 1:59pm AEST on Monday 1st April.
Premium Club Tent Sites Available
We are looking forward to welcoming you to Canberra on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. Special prize for the 100th entrant, as part of Canberra’s Centenary Celebrations, so make sure you enter early!
Here is the link to Regatta Central - Regatta Central
Executive Officer | Rowing ACT
Date Change - Level I Coaching Course
Please be aware that the Level I Coaching Course scheduled for Sunday 12th May 2013 has now be changed.
The Level I Coaching Course is now being run on Saturday, 11th May 2013 at the Canning Bridge Rowing Centre.
All those interested in attending please use the on Coaching Course Signup under the Coaching Drop Down menu.
Results from Australian Youth Olympic Festival
Australian Youth Olympic Festival
For the results of the Western Australian rowers who competed in the 2013 Australian Youth Festival please click on the link set out below:-
Entries Open - 2013 Sydney International Rowing Regatta
Please be advised that entries for the Sydney International Rowing Regatta have opened.
Entries for the Australian Open Rowing Championships, Australian Open School Rowing Championships and the King's and Queen's Cup Interstate Regatta must be made through RegattaCentral.
As the 2013 SIRR will be the first time many users have experienced the RegattaCentral system a number of steps have been taken to assist with the familiarisation of all users with the system. These, along with information on how to submit an entry via RegattaCentral are outlined on the SIRR website at http://www.rowingdownunder.
Thanks in advance for your assistance.
Corporate Operations Manager
Direct: (02) 6214 7522
Fax: (02) 6281 3910
WA athletes shine at Australian Open Time Trials
WA's Lightweight women have shone during the recent Australian Open 5000m time trials held on Sydneys Nepean River.
Maia Simmonds, Helen O'Keefe and Jess Bowyer were all in the top 10 of the prognostics on day 1 and followed these up with strong performances over the following 2 days.
The WA lightweight men's pairs came back strong on day 2, with the Chris Hayes and Perry Ward combination registering the 9th quickest prognostic of the day and Tim Widdicombe and Tom Gatti in 15th place.
WA's Olympic Due of Alex Hagan and Hannah Vermeersch were also in the top 2 women's pairs over the weekend.
WA was also well represented at the trials by Hannah Jansen, Rhys Grant, Sian Brown, Ben WIlliams, Sam Hughes/Nick Wakeford, Dave Watts/Matt Cochrane and Cam Brewer.
From the trials a number of Athletes have been invited back to further selection trials in January - Good luck to the following:
Team Selection - Youth Olympic Festival
YOUTH OLYMPIC FESTIVAL - 16th TO 20th JANUARY, 2013
Congratulations to the following rowers who have been selected to represent Western Australia at the Youth Olympic Festival to be held 16th to 20th January 2013 at the Sydney International Regatta Centre.
Men - Christopher Hayes, Nicolo Maurogiovanni, Alex Lyche, Lachlan Chapman, Jack Cleary, James Kerr, Tom Meares, Cameron Fowler, William Moore (reserve), Nick Ferguson (cox)
Women - Lilly Tinapple, Maegan Thompson, Zoe Thornton, Georgia Wheeler, Emma Jones, Catherine Woodall, Samantha Brenz-Verca, Laurina Fitzpatrick, Yasmin George (reserve), Teresa Maguire (cox)
Coaches - Jamie Jones (Head Coach), Nick Collins, Neville Kempton, Jamie Hewlett
Olympic Duo speak to next Generation of Rowers
2012 Olympians Alex Hagan and Hannah Vermeersch have been inspiring the next generation of rowers at Southern River College.
Southern River College only recently started their rowing program and together with Champion Lakes Boating Club was selected to receive funding through Rowing Australia’s Adopt-A-School program, which aims to develop school rowing programs in conjunction local clubs.
Head of Physical Education – Brad Francis, was ecstatic that the girls made the time to present at their recent assembly. “It was great to see two young role models speaking to our students about the opportunities that a sport like Rowing has provided to them. They were both obviously very passionate about their sport and hopefully their story will inspire some of our students to follow in their footsteps.”
Alex and Hannah spoke about their recent Olympic Games experience and how rowing had changed their lives for the better. The pair then presented a certificate to Danika Alexander (Yr 8) who won her first ever single scull races at the John XXIII Regatta held recently at the Canning Bridge Rowing Centre.
Hannah and Alex are both now back into heavy training with a focus on preparing for the first ever World Cup event to be held in Australia next year and Danika hopes that may be one day she might join them wearing the green and gold zoot suit for Australia.
Danika Alexander with Alex Hagan and Hannah Vermeersch - photo courtesy of Southern River College
WA Sports Star of the Year Nominees
Rowing WA has four nominees for the 2012 ANZ Sports Star Awards, WA’s premier sports awards. There are six Award categories and the following people have been nominated by Rowing WA:
The West Australian ANZ Sports Star
Railtrain Junior Sports Star
Channel Seven Perth Team of the Year
Women's Light Weight Coxless Quad Scull (Maia Simmonds, Hannah Jansen, Thea Adamson & Jess Bowyer)
Rowing WA would like to congratulate all nominees for their success during 2012 and wish them luck for the Awards. The full list of nominees can be viewed on the WA Sports Federation website. The finalists and winners will be announced at the 2012 ANZ Sports Star Awards evening, held at Crown Perth on Thursday 13 December 2012.
To support Rowing WA’s nominees, you can purchase tickets to attend the 2012 ANZ Sports Star Awards or alternatively, watch the telecast on Channel Seven Perth or GWN. For further information including how to purchase tickets click here
Coaching Speeds on all River Areas
The Department of Transport advised at the recent Aquatic Council meeting that the new river use rules will commence on 1 December 2012 and that a new brochure is available that sets out the new rules. The brochure is also available on the Departments website and through the Rowing WA links tab above.
The Department of Transport has re-affirmed that the Dept will continue to apply the “understanding” under which coach boats are exempt from 5 & 8 Knot speeds limitswhen moving in proximity of crews or in emergency rescue/safety situations.
The Department is moving toward formalising the exemption but is currently concentrating on re-marking the river and river user education so the timing of formalisation of the coach boat exemption is not yet known. Club and coaches are responsible for familiarising themselves with the new aquatic use plan, changes of use in their rowing areas and any changes of speed limits.
Under 21 Events at SIRR
Further to previous input from State Associations regarding the Under 21 events included in the National Championships program next year, please be advised that the RA Board resolved last night that composite crews will not be permitted to enter the Under 21 events at the 2013 Sydney International Rowing Regatta.
Hebfotos Retires & their Iconic print range is for sale.
Dear Australian Rowing Community,
The Hebfotos Adelaide City premises has been sold.
The collection of Australian Rowing display photographs that has adorned the walls of the studio are for sale. The sale ends Sunday 18th November – the new prices are listed on the attached catalogue – make an offer.
This email has been sent on behalf of Guy Hebblewhite, who is now in care, and Cynthia Judd, phone 0419 864 935
Government House Open Day
Government House Open Day
His Excellency the Governor, Malcolm McCusker AC CVO AQ and Mrs Tonya McCusker will host an Open Day in support of Heritage Perth's Heritage Days on Sunday 18 November 2012 and invite members of the public to explore and experience Government House and Grounds.
Themed "now and Then: (Re)Discover Government House", visitors are invited to (re)discover the old, and experience the new, at Perth's premier heritage site.
For more information please follow the link - Government House Open Day 2012
As one of the Governor’s patronage organisations, your support for Government House Open Day is greatly appreciated. Immediately following the Open Day on 18 November 2012, the Government House Foundation is hosting a free concert in the Government House Gardens to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year. The flyer has relevant booking details. Patrons may purchase light meals from the international food stalls at the venue, provided by members of the Consular Corps of WA, or are welcome to bring a picnic. It is BYO seating.
For more information please follow the link for the flyer - Diamond Jubilee Concert
Allschool Regattas in 2013
All-Schools Regattas and Racing to commence in 2013
Rowing WA is excited to announce a change in format for School Rowing outside of the PSA and IGSSA Schools. 2013 will see a trial of replacing subjunior club events at selected regatta's with School Age events.
The dates for the regattas are as follows:
Event programmes will be as follows:
Regatta 1 & 3:
Regatta 2 & 4:
Regatta 5 – Head of the River (provisional):
Full details of racing rules for these events will be made by January 31st 2013.
Rowing at Canning Bridge and the Redevelopment - Workshop notes
ROWING IN THE CANNING BRIDGE PRECINCT– WORKSHOP
On 19 September 2012, Rowing WA was represented by Peter Beekink and Luke Callier at a workshop undertaken by SGL Consultants. SGL were commissioned by the City of Melville to undertake a feasibility study of Rowing on the Canning River.
The evening was also attended by members of Swan River, Perth, Murdoch, JTC, Curtin and Penrhos Rowing Clubs.
The background given to the meeting was that there was significant support from both the City of Melville and the Department of Sport and Recreation for Rowing to continue at Canning Bridge. With this in mind, the purpose of the meeting was explained to be two fold:
Discussions centred around:
Some interesting questions to come out of the night, that I’m not sure if we have answers to are:
This data would be important in assisting determine what our future needs for space might be in the Canning Bridge Precinct.
Natasha Gay set to join University of Washington
Natasha Gay to Join Husky's Rowing Program
Siberian Husky courtesy of Rogue Husky Breeders
High School Oarswoman Natasha Gay, has announced her intention to join the University of Washington Husky’s Rowing program on a full Student Athlete Scholarship from 2013. Gay who only took up the sport as a 13 year old whilst in year 9 at Presbyterian Ladies College, quickly began realising her natural talent and was stroking their 1st Eight whilst still in year 10.
The following year Gay went on to win the National Schoolgirl Single Scull titles and was selected along with fellow PLC rower Hannah Vermeersch in the 2010 U19 Australian Womens Four, which won the Bronze Medal at the Junior World Championships that year. Natasha followed up her selection by representing Australia in the same boat the following year before dominating the National Championships held in Perth Earlier this year, where she won the Schoolgirl Single Scull, U19 Single Scull, U19 Double Scull and placed a credible 4th in the U23 Single Scull whilst still only 17.
The University of Washington Rowing Program is one of the most successful in the U.S. with 12 current or former Alumni representing their Countries at the recent London Olympics. On announcing her scholarship recently, Natasha indicated that she was pleased to have made a choice about her rowing future, “Rowing for the University of Washington will be a great challenge for me, and it goes to show the young girls following me, that sport can take you places you never dreamed possible.”
Natasha won’t have it all her own way on arrival in Washington with the school actively having recruited fellow Australian U23 representative Amy Fowler, as well as International representatives from New Zealand, US, Canadian and Great British U23 teams. However as anyone who has crossed oars with her knows, she will be doing her best to see to that the Husky’s Womens Crew returns to NCAA National Championship glory.
An Awesome Workout
Blonde superwoman Kim Crow dominated the Nine Network's Olympic coverage for a week as she powered towards Olympic medals in the single and double sculls.
Rowing Australia's national education and development officer, Ron Batt, could only smile.
"With the Olympics running on TV in the early evening every night, it was a nice timeslot," Batt says. "There's no question it has helped get people interested in the sport."
As a nation, we've long loved rowers and their ability to grab Olympic gold medals. We've been less enamoured with giving the sport a go ourselves.
But with all those chiselled physiques - and a plethora of expert claims that it has an unrivalled ability to burn fat - rowing is gaining a reputation, particularly among women, as the route to the perfect body.
Last year there were already 58,411 competitive and social rowers in Australia. A British study revealed that since 2009 the number of British teenagers taking to the sport has risen by a third. It's among women aged 45 and above that the most dramatic swell in participation is occurring: numbers have soared by almost 40 per cent in the past two years.
Almost 11,000 British women are members of rowing clubs, with many more participating in "learn to row" schemes such as Explore Rowing, a program launched in 2010 by British Rowing, the sport's governing body, which has many courses booked out months in advance.
It's no great secret why. Rowing is probably the most effective activity in improving cardiovascular fitness, in toning the legs, upper body and core muscles, and in burning calories.
"It's an all-over body sport; you don't end up having huge biceps or completely distorted legs," Batt says. "For that reason it's particularly appealing to women. At the national titles last year there were more women competitors than men."
With a concerted push from British Rowing, there has also been a change in the perception of dry-land rowing - with the "ergo", or indoor rowing machine, usurping the stationary bike as the cardio gym equipment of choice.
Rowing's ability to sculpt the perfect body means celebrities are taking to it in numbers. Action star Jason Statham is a fan, as is US golden boy Zac Efron. And Pippa Middleton can thank rowing for her famous rear.
A one-hour rowing session can burn 1000 calories, more than a spinning class, because your arms and upper body are used as well. That's more than eight beers.
Most make the mistake of thinking it's all about the arms. In fact, if your arms are hurting you are doing something wrong.
"The legs are the key for the drive part of the stroke, but you have to be strong through the trunk and then you have the connection to the handles with your arms and shoulders," says Batt. "If you don't have that connection all the way through your body the stroke doesn't work."
Gyms are focusing attention on this neglected item of equipment through group rowing classes that are set to take on spinning (stationary bike classes) in terms of popularity. In New York and LA, indoor rowing classes are this year's fitness craze, with waiting lists for group sessions.
Scott Riddell runs the ERGfit indoor rowing studio in the Melbourne suburb of Ascot Vale. And in the wake of the London Olympics he is busier than ever with clients ranging in age from 12 to 80.
"Every four years we see the same thing," Riddell says. " I think people are really interested in the history of it. People know the Oarsome Foursome, and Kim Crow came out and did really well, and there were a lot who followed her. We get an influx for our indoor program and we can get big numbers queuing up for the outdoor program (with the Essendon Rowing Club) in these Olympic years.
"Because it's low impact it's a really safe way to exercise and it's got great cardio benefits and really good for your strength. Generally speaking rowers are up there with cross-country skiers in terms of all-round fitness."
As well as being particularly good at toning and strengthening the legs, there are other benefits.
Rowing is easier on the knees, hips and ankles than running or military-style circuits. Those who are injured doing other sports often turn to rowing.
The most prominent of those is Crow, who was forced to quit athletics - where she trailed only Jana Pittman as Australia's leading 400m hurdler - because of a foot injury. Now she owns two Olympic medals.
Congratulations to WA's WAIS Scholarship Holders for 2012/13
Rowing Queensland Position
Education & Safety OfficerRowing Queensland Inc is seeking a dedicated person for the role of Education & Safety Officer.
Reporting to the CEO, the Education & Safety Officer is primarily responsible for the coordination and conduct of the sport's water safety and education programs to schools and clubs for both on and off the water activities. The position will also oversee and manage the sport’s coach and official’s education programs.The position is financially supported by both the Greater Public Schools Association of Qld (GPS) and the Brisbane Schoolgirls Rowing Association (BSRA).
Previous experience in implementing, conducting and monitoring educational and safety programs for schools, clubs, athletes and coaches at all levels; Implement, monitor and assist with risk management policies and procedures;
Sports administration skills and experience including program development, managing and coordinating volunteers and working in small teams; and
Previous presentation, communication experiences is essential.
Please refer to the draft Position Description for other criteria.Applicants are requested to forward a covering letter (no more than 2 pages) addressing the selection criteria/ position description and their CV.
2012 Pennant Results
Congratulations to the Pennant Winners in 2012.
FINAL PENNANT SCORES SEASON 2012
THE SUNSMART PREMIERSHIP PENNANT
SRRC 176.5; WARC 125.8; FRC 102.9; UWABC 9.6; ANARC 52.8; CUBC 40.0;
BRC 29.65; CLBC 17.4; MURC 7.9; PRC 7.6
THE A GRADE PENNANT
SRRC 581; FRC 274; WARC 242; UWABC 196; ANARC 180
THE B GRADE PENNANT
WARC 551; SRRC 523; UWABC 278; FRC 200; ANARC 124; CUBC 25;
THE C GRADE PENNANT
UWABC 508; SRRC 370; FRC 326; WARC 232; CUBC 229; BRC 117; CLBC 78;
THE D GRADE PENNANT
SRRC 721; FRC 718; UWABC 514; CUBC 356; WARC 261; ANARC 198;
CLBC 168; BRC 133; MURC 16; PRC 16
THE NOVICE PENNANT
SRRC 842; FRC 619; WARC 345; UWABC 295; ANARC 244; CUBC 236;
BRC 102; MURC 93; PRC 81; CLBC 72
THE MASTERS PENNANT
WARC 1062; SRRC 648; BRC 396; ANARC 344; CLBC 129; MURC 118; PRC 106;
FRC 96; CUBC 91; UWABC 58
Melbourne Uni Vs Sydney Uni
Dear Rowing Friends and Supporters,
The now annual clash on the water between the rowing teams of Sydney and Melbourne Universities is coming up soon.
The Australian Boat Race will be held on Sunday morning 4th November on a new 4.4 km course from Woolwich to Darling Harbour.
The event includes Women’s Eights (8.20 am) and Men’s Eights 9.20 am.
This year supporters can follow the race with one of THREE supporter packages:
This is a unique opportunity to follow the only rowing match race of its type in Australia. Soak up the beauty of the harbour, enjoy the rivalry of two of Australia’s original universities and see some great rowing action. Last year on the Yarra the Men’s Eights was won by less than a foot after the lead changed several times during the race.
See you on the harbour – Sunday 4th November. Book now support your city and state in rowing origin series.
Wheres the Wally? Can you see the scull?
This article is taken from the Rowing NSW website, and although NSW based - it is still relevent for Perth river waters - If you see rowers training without lights - send in a photo or two to spread the message that Safetly lights are extremely important!
Where's the Wally? Can you see the Scull?
Sep 3, 2012
On Friday 31 August I was invited to ride in the Shane Gould River cat as it did its early morning run from its base in Mort Bay, Balmain up to Homebush Bay for a 6.00am pickup and back down the Parramatta River.
On board were the Master of the cat Aaron Brown, Maritime’s Boating Safety Officer Brad Dudley and myself representing Rowing NSW. The reason I took up the opportunity to go with the Sydney Ferries invitation was to get a perspective of rowing’s use of the harbour from the bridge of a River cat.
The first thing to say is just how professional and aware of rowers the Masters of the River cats are. The last thing these guys want is an accident on the river. And they go out of their way to try and make room for rowers on the river. Their problem is that there are a number parts of the river, for example near the punt, where they are very restricted in where they can actually go.
The next thing is just how hard it is to see a scull from the bridge. In the attached photo can you see the single scull?
This rower is going from Balmain to Lane Cove River across the main channel in front of Cockatoo Island. It is after first light but before sunrise and the boat has normal lights. The thing I noticed was those boats with LED lights were much easier to see not like this bloke.
But it’s not just a question of being properly lit it’s also about being in the right spot as well.
The next photo shows three scullers rowing across Homebush Bay. They are in the middle of the river and heading up stream. Unfortunately they are in a direct line between the River cat and the wharf that was the first pick up of the day. In these situations where there is little room on the river the ferry has nowhere to go.
I scull regularly (but badly and slowly) on the Parramatta River. As a result of my trip on the Shane Gould I’m off to buy more LED lights for my boat. And I’m going to stay well over on the correct side of the river; I suggest you do the same.
Maritime are trying to improve the compliance of lights and traffic rules by education but I know that they have the power to fine rowers and coaches who are not doing the right thing. From my perspective doing the right thing is simply a matter of safety and sharing the river with these professional boatmen. With spring now with us the river is going to get busier not only with the school programs but also fishermen. Now is the time to think about safety.
I thoroughly recommend to coaches that they take up the offer of Sydney Ferries and see the river from their point of view. I bet it will change your thoughts about where you have your crews on the river.Doc Blower
Board Diversity on Olympic Sporting Organisations
An interesting Article on board diversity in Olympic Sports.
RA Coaching Conference Discounts
2012 Rowing Australia Coaches Conference
There are just over 6 weeks until the 2012 Rowing Australia Coaches Conference!
Chris O'Brien appointed as new National Performance Director
RA High Performance Deputy Announced
Rowing to ‘Hamma’ home its new performance team
L1 Boat Race Officials Course
There is a L1 Boat Race Officials Course being held at Canning Bridge on 15th August at 6.00pm.
Please contact Lynne Bayliss for all the details - 0439 090 658
Basic Judging Skills
Basic Marshalling Skills
Basic Control Commission Skills
Basic Umpiring Skills
Read the Rules of Rowing as pertains to these areas as preparation – see Rowing WA webpage
You are not expected to memorise or be completely conversant with the rules it is more to familiarise yourself with the content
Read the Code of Ethics and fill out the form as attached.
After the successful completion of the above the participant will be required to spend approximately 5 hours in each area with a mentor to achieve accreditation as a Level I Official. The amount of time actually spent will vary according to the function, ie Control Commission will probably be less than Umpiring.
WA Athletes win medals at U23 World Championship Results
Australia’s next generation of rowers have shown their strength and promise for the future with a five medal haul at the Under 23 World Rowing Championships in Trakai, Lithuania over the weekend.
Special mention to Tim Widdicombe and Thomas Meares who were in the Lightweight Four and coached by our own Lincoln Handley who also finished 6th in the A Final and to Hannah Jansen and Thea Adamson who finished 4th in the LW 2x B final, both crews coached by WA's Lincoln Handley
Women's Quad -GOLD
Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast
2012 Pan Pacific Masters Games
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
3 to 11 November 2012
Rowing will be one of a record 41 sports on the program at the 8th Pan Pacific Masters Games to be held on the beautiful Gold Coast from 3 to 11 November 2012.
The Pan Pacs, as the Games are affectionately known, are a celebration of master’s sport with both fierce and friendly competition on the sporting field and a fun-filled entertainment program at the Games Village each night.
The sport is conducted in age groups with no qualifying standards to enter. The only criteria for entry is that participants must meet the minimum age for their sport, and for most sports that is 30 years of age.
All sports are located in close proximity to the Games Village situated at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre in Broadbeach. The Games Village will feature the registration centre, live nightly entertainment, fully catered hospitality and merchandise, but most-of-all, an exclusive venue for participants to meet up and enjoy the spirit of the Pan Pacs.
The Pan Pacific Masters Games is organised by Events Queensland Gold Coast with great support from the Gold Coast City Council and the host organisations for all 40 sports.
Download the Rowing Event guide pdf [2012_Pan_Pacific_Masters_Rowing.pdf ]
For event information visit www.mastersgames.com.au
For travel and accommodation information visit www.visitgoldcoast.com
Like us at www.facebook.com/panpacmasters
Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PanPacMasters
Australian U23 crews including our own Josh Hicks triumph at Henley
Three Australian crews were victorious at the Henley Royal Regatta over the weekend, continuing Australia’s recent good results at the historic and prestigious regatta.
All three successful crews were part of the Australian Under 23 team and competed at Henley as part of their international tour which will culminate in the Under 23 World Championships in Trakai, Lithuania.
The Men’s Four were victorious in the Stewards’ Challenge Cup, the Men’s Quadruple Scull secured the Queen Mother Challenge Cup and the Women’s Quadruple Scull took home the Princess Grace Challenge Cup, each turning in sensational performances to win Open events in their category against more experienced crews, including some crews that will compete at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Rowing WA congratulates our own Josh Hicks who was a member of the Men's Four.
Youth Cup Results
Congratulations to the young men and women who represented WA at the Recent Youth Cup regatta held at the Sydney INternational Regatta Center in Penrith. The team had some exceptional performances and to their credit finished equal 6th with Victoria.
A full report on the action and results can be found on the following link:
Rowing Australia Coaches Conference 2012
THE TRUE POWER OF COACHING
Registration opens at 4pm on Friday 5 October, prior to the networking function and drinks. The trade exhibition willopen at 8am on Saturday morning, followed by a full day of sessions. The final session concludes at 5pm on Sunday 7th. Highlights of the indicative program include:
KEYNOTE ADDRESS – The Win is WithinJason Dorland (www.jasondorland.com) JASON_DORLAND_12.pdf
Friday evening cocktail function - Oarsome Foursome to Chef de Mission by Nick Green
What makes a big boat go fast? Presenter: Curtis Jordan
Maximising Performance: The Coach/Athlete Connection Presenter: Steve Stanley
True core stability for rowing & Load training for rowing using movement forces Presenter: Mark McGrath
Smooth Transitions: Assisting athletes and coaches along the rowing pathway Presenter: Alex Henshilwood
Athlete wellbeing in school and club programs Presenter: Dr Larissa Trease
Developing your own coaching career Presenter: Patrick Hunt
Olympic Review - Panel of Olympic coaches and athletes
An integrated approach to preparing your athletes Presenters: Conny Draper, Jamie Youngson & Adam Gorman
The use of commercially available technology to analyse performance Presenter: Dr Mitchell Mooney
Video as an effective feedback tool Presenter: Nick Garratt
Developing effective coxes: A virtual tourPresenter: Toby Lister
A look inside successful school rowing programs Presenters from: Walford & TSS
Developing pathways for women in rowing - Panel discussion
Additional details and registration forms can be found on the following pdf links:
Vacant Board and Committee Member Positions
VACANT RWA BOARD POSITIONS
Rowing WA is seeking expressions of interest from persons with suitable experience, interest and enthusiasm to fill a number of vacancies that exist on the RWA Board, Committees of the RWA Board and in RWA Offices as follows:-
Please contact Executive Officer Pierre Pougnault if you are interested or can suggest someone who should be approached.
Details of the role and responsibilities of the positions and Committees follow.
1.2 Finance Committee:
i) The Finance Committee shall comprise the Director Finance as chairman, CEO and at least two (2) other persons appointed by the Board at its first meeting following the AGM. Appointment of other persons shall be for one year only and can be renewed at the discretion of the Board.
ii) The Finance Committee is responsible for:-
1.5 Marketing Committee:
i) The Marketing Committee shall comprise the Director Marketing as chairman, CEO, Public Relations Officer and at least two (2) other persons appointed by the Board at its first meeting following the AGM. Appointment of other persons shall be for one year only and can be renewed at the discretion of the Board.
ii) The Marketing Committee is responsible for:-
1.6 Facilities Committee:
i) The Facilities Committee shall comprise the Director Facilities as chairman, Director Finance, Operations Officer and at least two (2) other persons appointed by the Board at its first meeting following the AGM. Appointment of other persons shall be for one year only and can be renewed at the discretion of the Board.
ii) The Facilities Committee is responsible for:-
The duties of the Secretary shall be:
i) To convene and attend and keep a record of all General and Board meetings, and of the attendance of members thereat.
ii) Within 10 days of a General or Board meeting, to forward minutes of such meeting to the secretaries of all Clubs, the members of the Board and such other persons as the Board may from time to time determine.
iii) To maintain an up-to-date copy of RWA’s constitution.
iv) To keep such other records as the Board may from time to time determine.
v) To conduct correspondence and to take charge of all documents and papers.
vi) To perform all secretarial work (excluding the preparation and copying of regatta programs if required) necessary to carry out the Objects of RWA.
vii) To do such other things as instructed to do by the Board.
3.5 Public Relations Officer:
The duties of the Public Relations Officer shall be:
i) To be responsible to the Director Marketing for publicising to the best of his ability the sport of rowing through all the mass media of communication.
ii) To appoint, supervise and dismiss deputies to assist in contacting one or more of the State’s media outlets including newspapers and radio and television stations.
3.11 Safety Officer:
The duties of the Safety Officer shall be:
i) To convene and chair meetings of Club Safety Officers to discuss and determine matters relating to the safety of members participating in regattas and training for regattas.
ii) To ensure that at least four (4) such meetings are held annually such that there is one prior to the start of the regatta season, one midway through the season, one just prior to the State Championships and one within six (6) weeks of the State Championships.
iii) To ensure that the RWA Safety Policy is followed at all regattas and by clubs during all training sessions and report as soon as is practical any violations to the Director Regattas.
iv) To attend and report to meetings of the Regatta Committee on safety matters.
Australian Men's Four wins gold at World Cup 3
The men’s four has led Australia’s charge on the final day of World Cup 3 with an excellent gold medal as Australian crews won five medals today in Munich, Germany.
Congratulations to Josh Hicks for being selected in the U.S. based U23 Mens 4-.
Rowing WA wishes to congratulate Josh Hicks, from the Curtain University Boat Club and who is currently studying on a Rowing Scholarship at Harvard in the United States, who has been selected in the U.S. based U23 Mens 4-.
We commend RA on this relatively new initiative and wish Josh all the best for Racing later this year.
International Schools to complete at the Australian Schools Championships in 2013
As a part of the Syndey International Regatta next year, a new championship status event has been developed – the inaugural Australian Schools Championships. The Australian Schools Championships makes up one of the four major events of the regatta.
Incorporated within the Australian Schools Championships is an initiative supported by Destination NSW, the International Schools Challenge.
International schools have been invited to compete in the International Schools Challenge (Boys & Girls 1st eights). A School ‘A’ finals held in conjunction with Samsung World Rowing Cup finals, and televised to the world through FISA’s European broadcasters. Some of the international schools that have expressed interest include:
Eton College (UK)
Lady Eleanor Holles School (UK)
Brentwood College School (Canada)
Others will be announced soon. This will prove to be a fantastic opportunity for your students to complete against not only Australia’s best, but some of the worlds finest rowing schools. For further information please see the website for further details.
RA and Pippa Savage reach agreement
Friday 8 June 2012
Rowing Memorabilia Project
Rowing Memorabilia Project
Rowing Australia, with the support of the Bobby Pearce Foundation and Sport Australia Hall of Fame, has launched a project to secure and display very significant rowing memorabilia which is being auctioned shortly. These memorabilia items include the Olympic Gold Medals won by Bobby Pearce Jr in 1928 and 1932.
Rowing Australia is seeking generous donations to ensure that these valuable and significant pieces of Australian rowing history are not lost to the Australian sporting community. If successful at auction, it is anticipated that the memorabilia will be displayed at the National Sports Museum. A letter (pdf, 82kb) and flyer(pdf, 942kb) providing further details of this project are available, along with a donation form (doc, 127kb).
All contributions for this project will be recognised by Rowing Australia.
We are hoping to reach as many potential donors as possible and would appreciate if members of the rowing community could promote this project to all interested parties.
Please encourage all parties to give generously to this worthwhile cause. All contributions are greatly appreciated and will make a real and significant difference.
Donations to the project can be made by:
RA Statement re Women's Quad
Rowing Australia Media Statement
Savage was withdrawn from the crew shortly before the start of World Cup 2 in Lucerne, Switzerland and replaced for that regatta by Amy Clay.
“The decision follows concerns around the performance of the crew due to incompatibility issues among the crew,” Rowing Australia National High Performance Director Andrew Matheson said.
“The incompatibility was affecting the preparation and performance of the crew and came to a head shortly before World Cup 2 in Lucerne.
“A number of remediation measures were taken to improve crew harmony and crew performance but ultimately we felt that in the best interests of the boat, Pippa’s place in the crew was unsustainable.
“This step was taken after careful and lengthy consideration of all the issues. It is an extremely difficult decision, but one that is taken in the best interests of the women’s quadruple scull and their eventual performance at the 2012 London Olympic Games.”
Savage, as entitled within the Rowing Australia selection policy, has appealed the decision.
Rowing Australia will not be making any further comment in relation to this issue.
Youth Cup Team announced
2012 Youth Cup team Announced
Congratulations to the following rowers who have been selected to represent WA at the Youth Cup Regatta to held in Sydney from June 29 - 1 July:
Mario Lo Presti, Cameron Fowler, Alex Murphy, Max Armstrong, Nicolo Maurogiavanni, Chris Hayes, James Kerr, Alex Lyche, Lachlan Chapman and Cox Nick Ferguson
Cassidy Young, Fiona Lea, Yasmin George, Maegan Thompson, Ash Rowe, Courtney Aylett, Zoe Thronton, Darci Miller, Anai Coffey, Cox TBC.
Coaches: Neville Kempton, Nick Collins, Michael Hinsley.
Manager: Steph Bale and Ross Brown
Western Australia's Under 23's Australian Rowers
WA's U23 Australian Rowers Quiz Night
Congratulations to Matt Cochran, Brendan Murray, David Watts, (U23M8+), Tim Widdicombe, Tom Meares, (U23LW4-) Hannah Jansen and Thea Adamson (U23LW2x) for Selection in the U23 Australian Crews.
The Australian Under 23 Team will compete at the Royal Henley Regatta and the Under 23 World Championships in Trakai, Lithuania.
Under 23 Athletes have to fund their own trips to compete for Australia, so lets get behind them and help them out.
Join us for a fun night of trivia and hopefully pick up something you like from the silent auction:
Date/Time: 6:00pm Friday 6th of July, 2012
Location: Rowing WA Function Room
Tables of 10
Please RSVP Tables and numbers to Teresa - 0401070795
Australian Rowing Coaching Opportunities
Exciting Australian rowing coaching opportunities
Rowing Australia Ltd is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) for key positions in its national high performance system.
The national high performance system incorporates the National Rowing Centre of Excellence (NRCE) and the network of State Institute and Academy of Sport Rowing Programs.
The NRCE is a joint venture between Rowing Australia (RA) and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). It incorporates 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. The NRCE is managed by a Joint Management Committee (JMC) of RA and AIS personnel and is located at the AIS Rowing Facility in Canberra.
The seeking of EOI’s is part of new quadrennial process whereby key positions in the Australian high performance rowing network are declared open to expressions of interest prior to each summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The EOI process is a means of determining market interest in positions. It will be used as part of a process of making informed retention and recruitment decisions for key positions immediately after the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. It may also be relied upon as the sole means of advertising for the recruitment of those positions.
If you wish to be considered for a key role within this exciting and dynamic high performance rowing environment, your expression of interest should provide specific reference to the position or range of positions that you wish to be considered for. You may express interest in one or several position/s in the same letter.
Positions for consideration include:
National Rowing Centre of Excellence
High Performance Network Rowing Programs
All enquiries about the positions and the EOI process should be directed to:
Andrew Dee – RA Chief Executive Officer, by email:
or Ph: +61 417 687 418
Please note that both Colin and Andrew will be attending the Samsung World Cup Regatta in Lucerne if prospective candidates wish to discuss any of these opportunities in person.
World Cup 2 produces Silver Results
Silver linings for Australia at World Cup
Lucky 13 for London bound rowers
Lucky number 13 for London bound rowers
Australian Women's 8 Qualifies for the Olympics
Click here for race vision - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTW3TXdO7C4
National Coaching Accreditation Process Feedback
Rowing Australia is conducting a review of the current National Coaching Accreditation Process in June. In order to have your voice heard, please fill in the details below.
Olympic Qualification Heat Results
Australian crews enjoy positive start to regatta
Ron Batt appointed as RA education officer
Ron Batt appointed as RA’s Education and Development Officer
Rowing Australia is pleased to announce that Ron Batt has commenced his role as RA’s National Coach Education and Development Manager.
Ron brings enormous knowledge, passion and experience to the role having worked in various capacities within the Australian rowing community.
As an athlete Ron competed in Europe, the USA, New Zealand and Australia before turning his hand to coaching.
Ron has coaching experience both in the UK and Australia, including a period as Head Coach at St George RC. In addition, Ron has coached Junior, Under 23 and Senior Australian crews at World Championships and has spent the last five years in Tasmania as a coach at the Tasmanian Institute of Sport, including one year as the Tasmanian High Performance Development Coordinator.
Ron is currently completing the final unit of a Graduate Certificate in Sports Coaching at the University of Queensland, and is an experienced presenter and facilitator of Level 1 and 2 courses for the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme.
Rowing Australia is excited that Ron has joined its coaching and development team, and looks forward to his contribution to this vital area of our sport.
RA Olympic Qualification Update
Australian team ready to perform in Lucerne
Rowing WA Newsletter
Rowing WA Newsletter and Information
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July 2012 Newletter [July 2012.pdf ]
August 2012 Newsletter [August 2012.pdf]
The Country Pair - Hannah & Alexs Blog added to Rowing WA website
Rowing WA have now added a blog section to our webpage (under the news tab above), which will feature Blog's of Athlete's, Coaches and interesting thoughts on Rowing from the Rowing WA community.
Click the link here to Alex and Hannah's first Blog article [here]
Coaching Jobs Board now live
Coaching Jobs Board
Rowing WA is happy to announce its new Coaching Jobs Board on the Rowing WA website. [click here for the link]
This service has no fees associated with it and will also be promoted through the Rowing WA Facebook page.
If you are an individual looking for a coaching job, we can also post an ad for you - just send us your details and coaching experience.
Rowing WA Classified Service
Rowing WA is hapy to announce its new classified page on the Rowing WA website. [click here for the link]
The service has no fees associated with it.
Rowing Australia Team Farewell - Thurs 10th May in Sydney
Rowing Australia is hosting a ‘London 2012 Australian Rowing Team Farewell’ dinner on Thursday 10 May in Sydney. All national team athletes will be in attendance, prior to their departure to Europe.
Senior A and U23 Aus Teams announced
Congratulations to Matt Cochran, Brendan Murray, David Watts, Tim Widdicombe, Tom Meares, Hannah Jansen, Thea Adamson, Perry Ward, Maia Simmons and Coach Lincoln Handley for selections in the U23 and Senior A Australian crews and Tom Gatti who was named as a reserve.
2012 Australian Senior A Non-Olympic and Under 23 Teams
Rowing Australia is pleased to announce the 2012 Australian Senior A Non-Olympic crews and the 2012 Australian Under 23 Teams.
2012 Australian Under 23 Team
The Australian Under 23 Team will compete at the Royal Henley Regatta and the Under 23 World Championships in Trakai, Lithuania.
2012 Australian Senior A Team Non-Olympic Crews
The Senior A Non-Olympic Team will compete at the Senior A World Championships, in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
Senior A Women’s Lightweight Single Scull
New WAIS Facilities on the Horizon
Saturday 5 May 2012
NEW FACILITY PAVES ROAD TO RIO AND BEYOND
The road to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and beyond looks a whole lot brighter for Western Australia’s most talented athletes with the news today that the State Government has committed $33.7 million for the construction of the new Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) High Performance Service Centre.
WAIS led the way in the mid 1990s, becoming the first of the State Institutes to have their own facility when the current WAIS building was completed in 1996, but has since fallen behind the rest of Australia with all other major States having more modern facilities for their athletes. The commitment from the State Government today will see WAIS once again take the lead nationally, with the purpose built centre to be the best State Institute facility in the country when it is completed in late 2014.
WAIS Chairman Grant Boyce said the biggest investment in the Institute’s history was a great boost to the Institute just 83 days out from London Olympics.
“The new WAIS facility is absolutely vital for us to continue to provide the best opportunity for West Australian athletes to wear the green and gold at Olympic and Paralympic level,” he said.
“WAIS has always been a leader in the national sporting landscape and the people of WA can be proud of the fact that today’s announcement will enable us to take back our place at the forefront of Australian sport in the lead up to Rio 2016.”
WAIS Olympic champion pole vaulter Steve Hooker was in attendance at the announcement and was enthusiastic in his praise for the planned facility, in particular the setup for the national pole vault program which WAIS houses.
“This facility will deliver on a lot of the innovations around training and sports science that we’ve been working on over the past four years in the pole vault program,” the Gold Medallist said.
“It’ll ensure the best possible training environment for current and future generations of West Australian athletes.”
Key features of the new WAIS High Performance Service Centre include:-
A new WAIS facility was first identified as a priority for the Institute following the Athens Olympics and since then detailed work has been undertaken with the State Government, the Department of Sport and Recreation, the Department of Building Management and Works, VenuesWest and the University of Western Australia.
“We’ve been working with the State Government over a number of years to bring our new home to fruition and today’s confirmation marks an important milestone in WAIS’ history,” Grant Boyce offered.
“The work of our Minister Terry Waldron in making today possible can’t be underestimated and to him and his staff we say a sincere thank you on behalf of our athletes.”
Detailed design work will commence within the next month to be followed by construction commencing in the second half of 2013. Athletes are expected to be fully utilising the facility by December 2014.
Matheson to move on
Matheson opts for high performance role in New Zealand
Rowing Australia National High Performance Director Andrew Matheson has today announced he will return to his native New Zealand following the conclusion of the London Olympic Games.
MLC Honours Mike Higgins
MLC have honoured the contribution of Mike Higgins, with their refurbished old eight done being hung in the school’s dining hall at easter.
Mike was quoted as saying "the boat represents all the girls who rowed for MLC and all parents and all coaches".
Congratulations Mike and MLC.
Alex Hagan and Hannah Vermeersch chosen in Australian Womens Eight
Rowing Australia has today announced the women’s eight crew that will attempt to qualify for the 2012 London Olympic Games next month at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland (May 20-23).
2012 Youth Cup Selections
Youth Cup State Team
Athletes that may be interested in this opportunity a reminder that nominations close on Friday 20th April.
Please also remember all athletes must compete in the Mettams regatta in the 1x or 2-.
Sydney International Rowing Centre, Penrith, New South Wales
28thJune to 1 stJuly 2012
Ten (10) male and ten (10) female athletes are to be selected to represent Western Australia in the Youth Cup. Each group will consist of a maximum of six (6) heavyweight and a minimum of three (3) lightweight athletes and one (1) coxswain.
The 2012 Australian Youth Cup is open to rowers and coxswains under the age of 21 years as at 31st December 2012.
Each athlete will compete in one boat from each of the three categories below:
Category 1: 1X, 2-, lightweight 2X, lightweight 1X (reserve)
Category 2: 4X-, 4-, mixed 2X (reserves)
Category 3: 8+, mixed 4X- (reserves)
Athletes and coaches must nominate for selection by 20th April 2012. Nomination forms will be distributed via email to Club and School coaches. Further forms can be obtained from Ross Brown, High Performance Development Coordinator WA.
Athletes nominating as lightweights will be permitted to compete at a maximum weight of 74.2kg for men and 60.4kg for women. These athletes will be required to be no more than these weights at the weigh in for the May 27th on-water trials.
Athletes are required to have completed the Rowing Australia NTID testing in the past 12 months or be willing to do so prior to final selection.
The following is the testing schedule for the 2012 Youth Cup.
April 20th Final date for receipt of nomination forms (athletes, coaches)
April 29th Mettams (Canning Bridge) – must race in 1x or 2-
May 14th – 16th All nominated athletes to complete ergometer trials in accordance with RA power profile protocol:
May 14th (am) – 100m, 500m
(pm) – 6km
May 16th (am) – 2km
(NB 30min test not required)
May 27th Trials on water in 1x and/or 2-
All athletes should endeavor to compete in as many of the club regattas as possible prior to selection (and should try to row in 1x or 2- where possible).
Guildford to Garratt Bridge Head Race 15th April
Perth – Fremantle 6th May
Bunbury 19th May
June 2nd Possible further water trials, Final Selection and team announcement
It is important to note the following:
Any schoolgirl athlete who has nominated for the Youth Cup but is involved in Head of the River crews with their school must compete in the water trials on May 27th. 2000m ergometer trials completed for the school can be submitted instead of/ as well as, the ergometer trials as outlined, provided there is prior approval of a selector.
Clubs and nominated athletes and coaches will be made aware of any changes to the testing schedule listed above by email, well prior to the current allocated date.
Coaches for the Youth Cup will be selected by early June, and selection of crews will be made by the available State Selectors in consultation with coaches.
To ensure that funding from RWA for the Pathway Program continues to individual clubs, it is essential that coaches from those clubs nominate, and are available for State Youth Cup crew coaching.
Please contact Ross Brown for more information and to obtain nomination forms.
Rowing Chicks Launched
Rowing Australia has today launched its new “Women in Sport” website, www.rowingchicks.com.au.
The website is the next phase of Rowing Australia’s initiative to increase the promotion and raise the profile of its elite female rowers, and has been made possible by the support of the Australian Sport Commission’s Women in Sport media grants program.
2012 Australian Masters Rowing Championships
2012 Australian Masters Rowing Championships
On behalf of the Organising Committee for the 2012 Australian Masters Regatta Rowing Victoria extends an invitation to compete in this Regatta which signifies the return of Interstate competition to Lake Wendouree Ballarat after several years of unprecedented drought caused the suspension of all water sports on this famous venue.
For all the details in relation to the 2012 Australian Masters Rowing Championships please click on the link below for Bulletin 2
5 West Australians named in Australian Team
Discount Accommodation for the London Olympics
WA Medal Tally from ARC 2012 (updated)
WA MEDAL TALLY AUSTRALIAN ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Note: If a Club or School has one or more rowers in a medal-winning crew, it scores one point in the appropriate medal count.
In the All-Comers list, ANA was equal-third, Swans sixth, Uni equal-ninth, and Wests eleventh.
THE LOCAL MEDAL TALLY
THE ROWING AUSTRALIA CUP
Note: Scoring for this trophy is based on the following scores for places:
THE 2012 ROWING AUSTRALIA CUP SCORES
MEDAL WINNERS – 2012 INTERSTATE REGATTA
THE WOMEN’S LIGHTWEIGHT COXLESS QUAD SCULL
THE MEN’S LIGHTWEIGHT COXLESS FOUR
THE WOMEN’S YOUTH EIGHT
THE MEN’S YOUTH EIGHT
THE WOMEN’S EIGHT
MEDAL WINNERS 2012 AUSTRALIAN ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS
OPEN MEN’S COXLESS FOUR
OPEN MEN’S COXED FOUR
OPEN WOMEN’S LIGHTWEIGHT DOUBLE SCULL
OPEN WOMEN’S LIGHTWEIGHT QUAD SCULL
OPEN MEN’S LIGHTWEIGHT DOUBLE SCULL
UNDER 23 WOMEN’S COXLESS PAIR
UNDER 23 WOMEN’S EIGHT
UNDER 23 MEN’S COXLESS FOUR
UNDER 23 WOMEN’S LIGHTWEIGHT SINGLE SCULL
UNDER 23 WOMEN’S LIGHTWEIGHT DOUBLE SCULL
UNDER 23 WOMEN’S LIGHTWEIGHT QUAD SCULL
UNDER 23 MEN’S LIGHTWEIGHT SINGLE SCULL
UNDER 23 MEN’S LIGHTWEIGHT COXLESS FOUR
UNDER 19 WOMEN’S SINGLE SCULL
UNDER 19 WOMEN’S DOUBLE SCULL
SCHOOLGIRL SINGLE SCULL
OPEN WOMEN’S COXLESS PAIR
OPEN WOMEN’S COXLESS FOUR
OPEN WOMEN’S EIGHT
OPEN MEN’S COXLESS FOUR
OPEN MEN’S QUAD SCULL
UNDER 23 WOMEN’S DOUBLE SCULL
UNDER 23 MEN’S COXLESS PAIR
UNDER 23 MEN’S QUAD SCULL
UNDER 23 MEN’S EIGHT
UNDER 23 MEN’S LIGHTWEIGHT COXLESS PAIR
ADAPTIVE MEN’S LEGS, TRUNK AND ARMS SINGLE SCULL
ADAPTIVE MEN’S LEGS, TRUNK AND ARMS DOUBLE SCULL
UNDER 17 MEN’S COXED QUAD SCULL
SCHOOLGIRL COXED FOUR
SCHOOLBOY UNDER 17 EIGHT
OPEN WOMEN’S QUAD SCULL
OPEN WOMEN’S LIGHTWEIGHT DOUBLE SCULL
OPEN MEN’S LIGHTWEIGHT EIGHT
UNDER 23 WOMEN’S COXLESS FOUR
UNDER 23 WOMEN’S EIGHT
UNDER 23 MEN’S COXLESS PAIR
UNDER 19 WOMEN’S SINGLE SCULL
UNDER 19 WOMEN’S COXLESS QUAD SCULL
UNDER 17 WOMEN’S SINGLE SCULL
OPEN CLUB MEN’S DOUBLE SCULL
SCHOOLGIRL COXED QUAD SCULL
SCHOOLBOY UNDER 17 EIGHT
AUSTRALIAN ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS
AND INTERSTATE REGATTA
INDIVIDUAL FEMALE MEDAL-WINNERS
AUSTRALIAN ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS
AND INTERSTATE REGATTA
INDIVIDUAL MALE MEDAL-WINNERS
WA pair added to Olympic Shadow Squad
Rowing shadow squad extended ahead of final trials
Media Release - Rowing Australia
Perth ready to host national championships
The 2012 Australian Rowing Championships and Interstate Regatta will commence on Monday (March 5) at the newly developed Champion Lakes course in Perth.
2012 Western Australia State Team announced
Monday 27th February, 2012
WA Teams for Rowing Nationals Announced
State squads have been finalised as the count down to the 2012 Australian Rowing Championships begins.
Next week WA will be out to show its might as the nations elite flock to Champion Lakes Regatta Centre in what is sure to be a week long battle for the ages.
State teams will be competing in the Interstate Regatta, to be held on the final day of the Championships.
The Interstate Regatta, to be held on the 11th March, 2012 (last day of championships), comprises 8 state events; men’s and women’s single scull, men’s lightweight coxless four, women’s lightweight quad, men’s and women’s youth eights (under 20) and Women’s senior 8 (Queen’s Cup) and the premier event, the men’s King’s Cup (an 8).
WA representatives in the Women’s Single Scull will be either Alex Hagan or Sarah Tait, while Western Australian representatives for the Men’s Single Scull is between Rhys Grant, Caine Bristow, Grant Adendorff and Brendan Murray.
The squad for the Women’s Lightweight Quad includes Maia Simmonds, Hannah Jansen, Thea Adamson, Jess Bowyer and Helen O’Keefe, while the Men’s Lightweight Four is set with Todd Skipworth, Ben Cureton, Perry Ward and Tim Widdicombe.
The crew for the Women’s Youth Eight is Hannah Vermeersch, Lilly Tinapple, Natasha Gay, Ashley Rowe, Emma Jones, Zoe Thornton, Kate Woodall and Anai Coffey, with Meg Downes as reserve.
The Men’s Youth Eight includes David Watts, Matt Cochran, Max Armstrong, Mario Lo Presti, Alex Lyche, Tom Meares, Chris Hayes and Joshua Gray, with Warwick Yeates as reserve.
The premier women’s event ‘the Queens Cup’ will be contested by squad members Sarah Tait, Alex Hagan, Ashleigh Miles, Maia Simmonds, Hannah Vermeersch, Natalie Bale, Lilly Tinapple, Ashley Rowe, Natasha Gay, Thea Adamson, Katherine Thewlis and Amber Bradley.
The final event on the final day of the Championships is the hugely prestigious ‘Kings Cup’. The rowers most fortunate enough to be considered for this event are Todd Skipworth, Ben Cureton, Perry Ward, Tom Gatti, Rhys Grant, Ben Williams, Grant Adendorff, David Watts, Matt Cochran and Brendan Murray.
Rowers can only reach this level of their sport with enormous will and determination. The selection criteria in place to select the state squads are testiment to this.
Western Australia’s State Selection Chief Stephen Mann says the athletes are put through rigorous testing during selection periods.
“The selection criteria for these Nationals included 2 or 3 on water time trials in a scull, either 4 or 5km long. In December 2011, all the athletes were then expected to complete a 100 metre, 500 metre, 2000 metre, 6000 metre time trial and a 30 minute ergo test”.
From these results, the selectors trimmed the squads and in late January and through February completed a series of on water seat races in larger boats including pairs, double sculls, fours and quads, depending on the boat class.
While all the WA athletes will be displaying finely tuned skill and amazing endurance, three athletes will be under a strong spotlight.
Mr Mann says Sarah Tait, Ben Cureton and Todd Skipworth are the stand out competitors and are all 2012 Olympic hopefulls.
“Ben Cureton and Todd Skipworth are stand out possibilities for Australia. Both have rowed in previous Olympics and both won a gold medal at last years World Championships in the lightweight coxless 4”.
“Sarah Tait is a Western Australian who is now living in Victoria. Sarah has rowed various boats in Olympics and is a real possibility to be rowing in the coxless pair this year at the Olympics”.
Coaches for the state teams are Jamie Jones, Lincoln Handley, Michael Hinsley, Chris Holiday, Jamie Hewlett and Roland Warren.
Two state coaches have coached National crews before, namely Lincoln Handley (who is head coach at Western Australian Institute of Sport) and Jamie Jones (Head Coach at Swan River Rowing Club).
For more information about the 2012 Australian Rowing Championships incorporating the Interstate Regatta visit www.rowingwa.asn.au
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Kings Cup on its way to Perth
The Kings Cup and Queen Elizabeth II Cup will arrive in Perth on Friday, be on display at Aquinas College’s School (pre Head of the River) Regatta at Champion Lakes on Saturday 25 and present at the WA State Team Breakfast on Sunday 26. Rowing WA’s Patron in Chief the Governor Mr Malcolm McCusker and Mrs McCusker will be at the breakfast.
WA Rowers take Gold at NSW State Champs
The following Western Australian Rowers competed in the recent NSW State Championships held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre on 11/12th February, with some outstanding results.
Women’s U23 Pair: Alex Hagan / Hannah Vermeersch
Women’s Elite 4: Alex Hagan / Hannah Vermeersch
Open Women’s Elite Pair: Alex Hagan / Hannah Vermeersch
Open Lightweight Four: Tom Meares / Tim Widdicombe
Open Lightweight Double: Hannah Jansen
Open Lightweight Eight: Tom Meares / Tim Widdicombe
Hannah Jansen : 4th OWL1x
Ash Miles : 5th U23W2-
Hannah on the rise...
A Rowing Star of the Future
Hannah Vermeersch, will be one of a group of WA rowings prospects competing in this weekends NSW State Championships as preparations intensify for the upcoming Australian National Championships.
Hannah is one of WA’s most successful underage athletes having been a medal winner at Junior and Under 23 world championships. She is pressing hard to be selected in the Australian U23 women’s 4- for the 2012 Australian Championships with the aim to go better than a 4th place in 2011.
Hannah first started rowing in Year 8 at Presbyterian Ladies College and her passion has never diminished. “I have kept rowing because I love the thrill that I get when I am racing and I also get to train with such a great group of people. We have a lot of fun together”.
Evidence of Hannah’s drive and the passion she has for her sport can be seen in her training schedule. “I train everyday, twice a day. We do a variety of different activities including rowing, weights, running, cycling, swimming and the rowing machine. Each session varies in length but normally goes for about 1hr- 2.5hrs”.
WA Institute of Sport Head Rowing Coach Lincoln Handley believes his star pupil can succeed at international level. “Hannah has proven results, if she continues on this path and stays injury free; she is definitely a candidate for Rio in 2016”.
The purpose of the weekend’s trip to Penrith’s Sydney International Regatta Centre is to expose underpinning athletes to racing opportunities prior to National championships. The WA domestic rowing season operates through the winter months; as a result elite athletes do not get the racing opportunities of the eastern states athletes.
Hannah Vermeersch is competing in a new pair combination with AIS athlete Alex Hagan, who has recently returned home from Canberra to connect with her former Bunbury coach Jamie Jones. They will race the U23 pair and the open pair against the current Australian snr A pair.
Lincoln Handley says “as a new combination with Alex Hagan, this warm up competition will give girls much needed race practice in lead up to National champs in March and National selection trials in April”.
Hannah is on track to be a major rowing star. “My short term goals are to do well enough at nationals to get an invitation to national selections and then hopefully try and make the under 23 women's four that will be going to the Under 23 world championships. Long term I want to go to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and win a gold medal”.
Watch out for Hannah at the Australian Rowing Championships, to be held in Perth at the Champion Lakes Regatta Centre, 5-11 March 2012.
For more information about the 2012 Australian Rowing Championships incorporating the Interstate Regatta visit www.rowingwa.asn.au
Hannah Vermeersch and fellow U23 Australian representative in 2011 Ash Miles - Courtesy of Stacey Veermersch.