Archive for month: April, 2007

The ACT Rowing Association notes with regret, the passing of Michelle Simpson, on 26 April 2007, following a long and valiant battle with cancer. A keen rower herself, Michelle had played an instrumental role in the development of rowing over the past 15 years, initially with the Canberra Rowing Club, and more recently, was instrumental in the formation of The Lake Tuggeranong Rowing Club. Always a great contributor and motivator, Michelle would work tirelessly on all aspects of her clubs’ development, from holding office on committees, initiating rower development programs, implementing learn-to-row sessions, completing grant applications for the purchase of club equipment, general fundraising and assistance on a day to day level. Over and above this considerable contribution, and forsaking an increasingly complex health status, Michelle was also a willing contributor to the rank of Boat Race Officials, those folk tasked with the safe and efficient running of our club regatta’s. Over the years, Michelle has continued to make a strong contribution to, not only her home club, but to the ACT Rowing Association in general. ACTRA is greatly saddened by her passing, and extends its most sincere condolences to her family, her fellow club members, and her many friends within and outside of our sport. Brendon Prout President ACT Points Score Results Announced for 2006-7 Season The final point score tally for the 2006-2007 season (Club, male and female) is now available here. Congratulations to the winners and well done to all who participated during the season. It was wonderful to a total of 34 clubs from every state in Australia participate in 8 regattas and ACT Championships. Women’s High Performance Coaching Grant A grant is available from the ACT Government for Womens High Performance Coaching. Information can be found here [330Kb PDF]. Note the closing date for Scholarship grants is 10th May. There will bea Level 3 course in the ACT this year starting in June/July. This coaching grant would be an ideal opportunity for financial assistance to female coaches wishing to get this qualification as the cost is likely to be about $850. On top of this coaches are required to have a Level 1 Strength and Conditioning accreditation which costs $300 and will be run in Canberra in July and October. SeeRowing Australia for further details. Further details on the Level 3 will be circulated in the next couple of weeks.

The dates for this year’s winter time trials have been announced. A flyer for the WTT can be found here. The dates are:

  • 23-24 June
  • 21-22 July
  • 18-19 August
  • 15-16 September

If you are an ANU student who is rowing out of an ACT club and you are interested in competing at the 2007 Australian University Games, there will be a meeting for all interested people at the ANU Boat Shed at 10.30am this Saturday 28 April. This year the Games will be on the sunny Gold Coast (a nice warm goal to keep you training through the winter) from 23 to 28 September. They are the major domestic event on the national university sport calendar and great fun. For 2007 the ANU Boat Club would like to send as big a team as possible. If you are interested in competing at the Games you must attend the meeting on Saturday. If you cannot attend the meeting for some reason but would like to go to the Games, please let Nick Hunter know that you are interested by .

A weekend of fierce competition at the Sydney International Regatta Center has culminated in success for ACT rowers. Four rowers and two coaches have been nominated to represent Australia at the Junior World Championships to be held in Beijing. The Womens Junior Pair combination of Christabelle Northam and Veronica Tamsitt, coached by Gordon Marcks, won convincingly in their races to secure nomination. Nick Barnier and Zac Cleaver performed outstandingly in their single and double races before teaming up with two rowers from interstate to form the Mens Junior Quad. The quad will be coached by Regan Sanders. All four rowers have demonstrated their rowing prowess over recent months with success at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival and Australian Rowing Championships. The rowers are supported by the ACT Academy of Sport. The two crews have been announced by Rowing Australia however final endorsement of the crews is required by the Board of Rowing Australia. The formal announcement will be made on Monday 23rd April along with the announcement of the National Under 23 and Senior teams for the 2007 World Championships. Both junior crews will be based in Canberra for training. The Junior World Championships will be held in Beijing, China, at the 2008 Olympic Regatta Centre from the 8 11 August 2007. NSW Masters Championships – Manning River 12-13 May 2007 Rowing NSW is currently calling for entries to the NSW Masters Rowing Championships. Entries close on Monday, 30 April through your club. Regatta details can be found on the Rowing NSW web site.

The results of the Federal Head of the Lake Regatta held on 31 March can be found here. We apologise for the delay posting these results. ACTAS Talent Development – Rowing – Call for Applications ACTAS is seeking applications from young female rowers (dates of birth in 1991-92) to join its talent identification group who are preparing for junior selection in 2008 & 2009. Interested athletes should fill in the nomination form and forward it to ACTAS by 5pm Monday 23rd of April.

Fred from DJFM Fibreglass Repairs will be in Canberra completing end of season repairs to CGGS boats over the next couple of weeks. If you have any repairs that you or your club may need, please contact Fred at or on his mobile 0417 444776. He will be at the CGGS shed for about 3 days, but is willing to stay on for other local repair work. Rowing Australia Newsletter – March Edition published The RA Newsletter can be found at the RA web site here. Australasian Masters Games – Adelaide 5-14 October 2007 The Australasian Masters Games registration is now open (but not entries yet) and details of what is on offer can be found at the Games Web Site. Registrations close 3 August 2007 and costs $99 ($75 if you are over 69yo). Rowing is offered at West Lakes over the last 3 days of the games, 12-14 October and there is a Rowing participation fee of up to $65. There is no seat fee for entries.

Canberra’s ‘voice of rowing’, Robin Poke, is publishing his book on Australian rowing legend Peter Antonie later in April. This is a slight delay on the original publication date of March. Due to the delay, the pre-publication discount has also been extended – but only to 14 April. A flyer on the book is here.