Archive for month: March, 2007

The final draw and program for the Federal Head of the Lake (the ACT Schoolboys Rowing Championships) this weekend ishere andhere. Note that there was a draw issued by email to some people early on Wednesday that has now been superceded. This later draw allows 10 minutes between finals.

  • Boating will be from Kurrajong Point (Weston Park Road) on the tip of Weston Peninsula. All catering, spectator tents and amenities will be from this area. If any visiting schools require further details on how to get to Kurrajong Point, please contact ACTRA.
  • Coxswains will be required to weigh in the minimum weight for school coxswains is 50kg.
  • The presentation of medals and trophies will take place at the conclusion of the regatta.
  • Traffic flow to the starting area will be in the reverse flow (see map here) that is crews will travel to the start on the Weston Park side. The traffic flow map is attached and traffic marshals will monitor the area.

The results of the ACT rowing championships can be found here. Note that the Masters results already have the handicap adjustment applied. Final point score for the season will be circulated soon. Of course, schoolboy championship races will be held this coming Saturday at the Federal Head of the Lake Regatta. ACTRA Advertises for New Executive Officer The ACT Rowing Association Executive Officer position is being advertised as the current ExO is leaving the position for family reasons. The basic details of the positions are available here, and the application pack is available here. Note that applications close 5pm next Monday, 02 April 2007. ACT Masters Interstate Championship Crews Annouced The 2007 ACT Team for the Australian Masters Rowing Championships has been annouced by ACTRA. Thanks to all who nominated and trialed and congratulations to those on the team. The team is:

Men’s Eight Women’s Eight Alex Hodges Margaret Pentony Craig Kentwell Mary Quilty Ian Robertson Kath Wellman Randal Lawrence Elaine Bissaker John Struik Kath Finlay Angus Reid Amanda Brian Scott Pagan Adair Ferguson Ted Hall Jeanette Gasson Cox: Ann Whelan Cox: Belinda Burnet Men’s Quad Women’s Quad David Nash Judy Walsh Stephen Trowell Susan Linacre Mike Body Pam Nash Peter Macartney Sue Donoghoe

Here are the schedule, draw andprogram for the ACT championships this weekend. Security on site security will be on the foreshore from 4pm Saturday until 6am Sunday morning for those who wish to leave boats in the finish area overnight (This is the normal finish area on Lady Denman Drive, not Weston Park). Please ensure you bring plenty of boat racks/trestles and boat ties. Please note:

  • The Group D, Group E and schoolboy events are not championships, they will be run as divisions in the advertised order.
  • Many Masters races will be 7 lane straight finals.
  • Events which have 4 heats, the first crew over the line will progress to the final, and the next 2 fastest times (Unfortunately the programme doesnt state that).
  • Results and Lane numbers for finals will be posted near the BROs soon after racing.

ACTRA Seminar – Nutrition, Fatigue & Recovery – Thursday, 22 March Unfortunately, tonight’s seminar was cancelled due to insufficient RSVPs being received by this morning. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the late notice.

The final seminar in the summer workshop series will be held this Thursday night (22nd March), at Sports House, 100 Maitland St, Hackett from 7 9pm. Presenters will be Dr Shona Halson, Fatigue and Recovery Specialist and Dr Gary Slater (Nutritionist) who both work at the Australian Institute of Sport and consult to various Australian representative teams. Some of the topics that will be covered:

  • Appropriate nutrition and recovery for regattas when a rower is competing in multiple races.
  • Changing nutritional habits depending on the phase of the training cycle and intensity of training
  • Training/recovery for the rower who rows recreationally for the majority of the year but decides to go into intense training occasionally
  • Benefit of cross training for recovery and types/volume to do based on your training volume
  • Difference/benefits of active vs. passive recovery
  • Can you train/race effectively under a KFC diet?
  • How can an amateur coach teach basic good nutrition/recovery habits to young rowers?
  • Sleep

Refreshments will be available and there will be a $5 door charge. We hope you can join us for what will be an entertaining and informative evening. Please RSVP through your club. ACTRA Executive Officer resigns Brendon Prout, ACTRA President, announced with regret on Saturday, 17 March that Camilla Hayman has resigned as Executive Officer of the ACT Rowing Association. He said “I am thrilled to announce that the reason for her resignation is because Camilla and Brett are expecting their first baby in October this year”. “Over the past 10 months, Camilla has made an enormous contribution to the sport of rowing within the ACT, and the individuals involved within the sport. She has worked long hours, in every aspect of the operation, including overseeing the implementation of the ROMS system, and other aspects of Regatta Management. As a result of her efforts, regatta participation has increased, assisting greatly with the financial position of the association. “I take this opportunity to formally acknowledge the enormous contribution of Camilla, and on behalf of all within the ACT Rowing family, wish her and Brett everything wonderful for the future.” As a consequence of Camilla’s resignation, ACTRA now seeks a replacement, and accordingly you will see ads appearing in Canberra Times, and the SEEK website, in a bid to attract candidates. For that reason, please feel free to give this message your widest possible circulation. Lake Burley Griffin Water Quality Warnings There are medium level warnings on water quality for some parts of LBG. You can see the details here.

RA is seeking applications for a High Performance Adaptive Rowing Steering Committee member. The request notice has been posted on the Rowing Australia website and calls for applications to be sent to Rowing Australia by Thursday 28 March. Could you please have a read and forward it on to anyone that you feel would be interested. If you have any further questions please dont hesitate to contact Sam Irvine at Rowing Australia.

Rowing ACT, the Australian Sports Commission, Canberra Grammar School and Radford College are pleased to invite you to the Federal Head of the Lake. The Australian Capital Territory has a long tradition of competitive school boy crews and the Board of Rowing ACT has recognised the need for an annual regatta to showcase the crews and to generate strong competition. To this end the traditional Head of the Lake has been reinvented as the Federal Head of the Lake. This schoolboys event has the support and sponsorship of the Australian Sports Commission Breaking the Drought campaign and the ACT Rowing community. Details can be found here. ACT Rowing Championships – Entries Closing this weekend This is a reminder that entries for the ACT Championships close this weekend through your club. The event list can be foundhere.

The regatta results from last Saturday and the updated rower scores can be seenhere andhere. Many thanks to the BROs who did a fantastic job running the regatta to schedule when they were short on numbers. As usual, they had their patience and sense of humour with them. ACT Rowing Championships – Update In the next few days, we will publish the final rower scores for the season for each member in a club by club format and also thethe club point score to date. There are less than 3 weeks to go until The ACT Championships, which is shaping up to be an exciting 2 days of racing. ANU Boat Club thank you Last month the ACT Rowing Association website carried a call for help in getting the ANU Boat Club up and running for the start of the university year. I would now like to take the opportunity to express my sincere thanks to all those who came forward with help. Since that ad went up, the club has enlisted 3 new coaches. It has also received temporary assistance with equipment from Canberra Rowing Club and Capital Lakes Rowing Club to assist with the influx of new members who signed up during orientation week. These gestures of generosity highlight what a fantastically supportive rowing community the ACT has. Thank you to those clubs and individuals for all your help. Nick Hunter President ANU Boat Club

The Order of Events for the ACT Rowing Championships can be found here.

  • Heats and finals will be run for all events. Heats will be held in the morning with finals in the afternoon. Finals will be conducted in the order indicated in the order of events. Only A Finals will be conducted. Heats will be held in the morning for events with more than 6 entries, all others will be straight finals in the afternoon.
  • The Order of Events can not be changed to accommodate rowers wishing to enter conflicting events.
  • Entries will close in ROMS at 6pm on Sunday 18th March. Entries can only be made by club’s, not individuals.
  • All Masters events will be run on Rowing Australia handicaps. These handicap times can be found on pages 178 182 of the Rowing Australia rules. Depending on the number of entries received for each event, the races will be divided up into age groups. That is, if there are only 6 crews entered across all age groups, then only one race will be held. If there are 12 crews entered, then 2 races will be held with the lowest handicap times in one race and the largest handicap times in the second race.
  • Schoolboys events will not be Championship events these will be held the following weekend at the Federal Head of the Lake Regatta.
  • There are double points for championship events.

Temporary Lake Closure – Saturday, 10 March Central Basin of Lake Burley Griffin is closed all day next Saturday (0600-2300hrs) for the fireworks preparation and then display. A good excuse to go to Nagambie for the Australian Rowing Championships! 150 Years of Rowing – A Sports Science Presentation An interesting presention on the progressive increase in boat speeds over the last 150 years or so can be found here.

Entries for the regatta this weekend have indicated that it will be quite a small regatta with close racing and an early finish. The last race is scheduled for 11.10am. To ensure the regatta runs safely and efficiently, we require at least 2 volunteers from each of the competing clubs (Daramalan, Radford, CRC, BMRC and CGS). Ideally we would like one of the volunteers to have a boat driving licence. This is a great opportunity for coaches to get on the water and follow their crews racing or parents and friends to get an up close view of competition. Please advise ACTRA of your availability to assist with the regatta ASAP. We would really appreciate your support. Peter Antonie Book now available Canberra’s ‘voice of rowing’, Robin Poke, has just published his book on Australian rowing legend Peter Antonie. A flyer on the book is here. Australian Rowing Championships Bulletin #3 This important bulletin for anyone attending the championships is available here.