Archive for month: November, 2016

The Interstate Team Policy for the 2017 Interstate Regatta has been announced.

All Rowers, Coxswains and Coaches wishing to nominate for the 2017 ACT Interstate Team must follow the Rowing ACT Selection Policy along with the Rowing ACT Selection Process. See below:

Rowing ACT – 2016 State Team Selection Policy

Rowing ACT – 2016 State Team Selection Process (TBA – once Rowing Australia provide the dates for 2016-17 National Selection events Rowing ACT will announce the Selection Process. This will be similar  to the process used last year)

Nominations to be made using the below form.

The Tuggeranong Regatta is being held on Lake Burley Griffin rowing course this Saturday morning, 26th of November. Please advise your members that the rowing course will be closed from 7:00 AM to 12:45 PM for this event.

A reminder that it is not being held on Lake Tuggeranong due to an event clash with an international disability sailing regatta at that venue this weekend.

Applications are invited for the position of Executive Officer Rowing ACT.  Applications should be submitted by 7 December although the Board reserves the right to consider late applications.

Responsible to:

The Rowing ACT Board through the President.

Primary Role:

This position involves both administration of the sport of Rowing in the ACT and facilitating its development and growth. It will involve management, communication and coordination of the sport’s volunteers, contractors and members along with event planning and management.


 The Executive Officer will manage, co-ordinate and implement policy of Rowing ACT, co-ordinate regattas and events, liaise with, coordinate and communicate with all stakeholders, assist in the management of accounts, undertake training and identify and apply for additional revenue opportunities.

The development component of the job includes, facilitating the building of infrastructure for rowing, specifically regatta, administrative and storage facilities, and coordinating rowing education programs.

The Executive Officer is expected to represent Rowing ACT at all necessary meetings and functions.

Accounting activities will be under the supervision and direction of the Director of Finance.  The Executive Officer is required to invoice within a fortnight of events, pay bills within normal business timeframes and keep detailed records which meet proper accounting and audit practices.  Financial reporting will be as required.

The successful applicant will be employed on the basis of a 38 hour week.    Work may not only vary from day to day but varies significantly over the season so applicants need to be able to manage their own time and should expect to work variable hours in accordance with the requirements of the position.  Actual office attendance is required but it is not fixed and is to be agreed with the President.  The successful applicant will be required to attend regattas and provide their own transport to successfully meet the expectations of this role.


$55,000 (including superannuation) plus an annual fuel allowance of $500.

Selection Criteria:


Knowledge of the sport of rowing or a proven ability to attain that knowledge quickly

  • A willingness to support and implement the policies and strategic directions set by the Board.
  • Demonstrated experience managing, coordinating and working collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • High-level organisational skills including an ability to meet deadlines.
  • Be proactive and use initiative in a variety of situations.
  • Capability and proficiency in computer systems including Microsoft Office.
  • Current ACT Working with Vulnerable People registration or a willingness to successfully complete registration upon employment.
  • A knowledge and adherence to all Work Place Health and Safety Legislation.
  • NSW General Boat Licence or a willingness to successfully acquire upon employment.
  • A current driving licence and car to attend local events and meetings, at own cost (interstate travel will be met by Rowing ACT).


Level 2 NCAS Coaching Accreditation

  • Experience in Rowing Regatta entry and management software.
  • Apply First Aid accreditation


Closing date: 7 December 2016

Applications to:

David Bagnall



62474615 (phone)

0447582537 (mobile)

The Board of Rowing ACT congratulates Michael on his appointment as the Active Y Co-ordinator at YMCA.  Michael is expected to take up that position on 9 January.

Michael has been intimately involved in the rowing scene in Canberra as the Executive Officer, since July 2014, and as a rower.    He has brought great cheer and enthusiasm to the job and has been a credit to Rowing ACT.  While he will be missed in his role as Executive Officer, he will continue to have strong ties with the rowing community.

The position of Executive Officer is now being advertised.



ACTAS will be conducting an NTC Time Trials this Saturday 18th of November. The small boat time trial will start from 6.45 AM and conclude at 7.45 AM. The big boat time trial will start from 9:45 AM and conclude by 10:30 AM.

For both time trials rowers will start at the AIS White Poles and progress to via the most direct route to Kingston Harbour.

All other rowers are requested to keep clear of those competing and coaches are asked to ensure they do not wash off those competing.

All rowers within the area are asked to ensure you follow directions given by safety marshals.


Canberra Rowing Club will be hosting its Annual Corporate Regatta on Sunday the 20th of November between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM.

Crews will be competing on the Yarramundi Reach regatta course over a 350 meter section in front of Weston Park.

All other rowers are requested to keep clear of those competing to support this event.

All rowers within the area are asked to ensure you follow directions given by safety marshals.

On the 3rd of December Rowing ACT will be hosting an Interactive Coxswain Workshop.

Conducted by Elite Coxswain and Coach – Renae Domaschenz

When: 12:30-2:00pm Saturday 3rd December
Where: CGGS Boat Shed, Yarralumla Bay
Cost: $5.00 cash per head – taken at the door (light lunch provided)

Renae Domaschenz has a long successful career of Club and National elite coxing here and overseas. In this workshop Renae will share with you some of her career highlights. She will also guide you through the value of a cox and outline the necessary skills required for you to gain maximum performance from both yourself and the crew. Bring your voices and ask for tips!

Topics to be discussed include:
• How to be a good cox
• I’m a new coxswain – help!
• Working with your coach
• Coxswains equipment
• Steering – moving a boat
• Leading your team – Motivation
• The Talk – magic words!
• Tips for practice
• Tips for racing
• Practical session and feedback – hear some examples and have a go!

Email enquiries and RSVP to

Many in the Rowing Community were saddened to hear of the death of Kevin Mongan.  Kevin began a long association with rowing as a Secretary to the then ACT Rowing Association.  He was a Boat Race Official for many years . He was a long-term coach and Committee member of the Daramalan Rowing Club introducing countless teenagers to rowing.  Rowing ACT would like to pass on its commiserations to his wife Kaye, and his three children.   His son Ian is a member of the Black Mountain Rowing Club and is also a well-known and accomplished rower, maintaining a strong family connection to rowing in the ACT.

Kevin’s funeral at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Charnwood on 7 November 2016 was well attended by oarsmen and boat race officials.

The date of the CGGS hosted Australian Indoor Rowing Championship has changed to the 19th of November. The event will be run between 1pm and 3pm.

The date change will be reflected on the event website shortly –