Archive for month: November, 2017

ACT local coach Paul Thompson will be inducted into the ACT Sport Hall of Fame on Friday 1 December. Thompson currently coaches the Great Britain women’s rowing team and has previously coached Australian and British teams to Olympic glory.

He has led medal winning boats at every Olympic Games since Atlanta in 1996 and boasts an impressive individual career with an Australian championship and Kings Cup win to his name.

The 53-year-old admits he still has to pinch himself “regularly” in the midst of a sparkling career that has seen him appointed a Member of the British Empire (MBE).

“I’ve been really fortunate to coach world and Olympic champions in Australia, and world and Olympic champions in the UK,” Thompson said.

“I try and resist pulling out single ones but it’s really the people behind the performance that you get to deal with and work with. There’s some outstanding characters among them, and for that it’s been a real fantastic journey.

“When I look back, the people that [nominated] me that are on the ACT Rowing Association are volunteers, they were volunteering when I was a teenager learning how to row.

“You get a really good perspective [when you look back]. They were helping you on the way as a youngster and they’ve been great supporters ever since.”


Story by Caden Helmers – Canberra Times

The very successful photo competition held last year by Rowing ACT is up and running again this year.  We invite you to submit your PHOTOS AND VIDEOS to the 2018 photo & video competition via Facebook  or email by 31 March 2018.

Anyone can enter – rowers, coaches, officials or spectators.  All entries must be related to rowing in the ACT (e.g. photographs or videos from training, regattas or club events) or ACT rowers at interstate and/or international events.

The  rules are simple:

  1.  Get creative! We want to see what rowing means to you. This includes photos or videos of ACT rowers, coxswains, officials, coaches and spectators taken at training, local/interstate/national/international regattas or other rowing events.
  2.  Send your entries to Rowing ACT via Facebook messenger or email ( by 31 March 2018.
  3. By entering the competition, you agree to the Conditions of Entry (posted in this event) so please have a read.
  4.  Get voting – vote for your favourite photos and videos by ‘Liking’ them on the Facebook Photo Competition album.

Be in the running to win.  We want to see the images streaming in.

– The photo with the most ‘Likes’ at the end of each month will be named the monthly winner and will be featured as the Rowing ACT cover photo for the following month.

– The photo and video with the most ‘Likes’ on the day before the Annual Rowing ACT presentation will be will be announced the winners of the Rowing ACT 2018 Photo Competition

– Prizes for winners are to be advised.

You can read the full terms and conditions here.

This is the winning 2016 photo which was taken by Nick Hunter.

The School Pathways 8+ Development Camp #2 will be held this Saturday November 18th 2pm – 4pm
and Sunday November 19th 10am – 12pm at the ACTAS Boatshed.

What is School Pathway 8+?
A Rowing Australia Initiative designed to provide opportunity for school athletes to develop
along the pathway with the aim to progress towards high performance rowing.

Who’s Eligible?
• ACT School girls and boys currently rowing for a school or club
• Year 10 & 11 students in 2017 (Years 11 & 12 in 2018)

Registration and more information
Please email Renae Domaschenz with your name, school or club program, current year level.