Archive for year: 2017

Rowing ACT is very pleased to announce that Member Clubs agreed in August to the affiliation of the Australian Defence Force Rowing Club (ADFRC).   The sport has been growing over time and any addition to the number of Member Clubs is a very welcome event.

Major Gary Bergman explained the reasons behind setting up the Club.

  • To ensure that all personnel (ADF, APS, Reservists, veterans, civilians) participating in rowing training or competition in our boats  when part of a composite crew are insured under Rowing Australia’s National Insurance Program.
  • To increase participation in rowing by ADF personnel whose service precludes or makes it difficult to justify a civilian club membership.
  • To enable ADF personnel to register and compete at broader range of Rowing Australia events without requiring a civilian club membership.
  • To facilitate the participation of ADF (composite) crews consisting of ADF personnel in a wider range of non-regatta events.
  • Becoming a member club will permit participation in targeted international military sports competitions and events. As a member club of Rowing ACT the ADF Rowing Club will be listed on Regatta Central, which provides a medium for contact and interaction between the military forces of other countries.

Gary also explained that the Australian Defence Force Rowing Association (ADFRA) will remain the peak body responsible to ADF Sports Council for promoting and developing rowing in the ADF.   ADFRA will administer and support the ADF, ADFA and RMC Rowing Clubs, as well as ADF Members of civilian rowing clubs.  There is no requirement for civilian rowing club members to change clubs.

Membership of the ADF Rowing Club will initially be limited to full time and Reserve ADF members. Affiliate/Associate membership will possibly be available for veteran personnel in the future.   Membership will not be available to members of the wider non-Defence community.

The ADF Sports Strategy 2015–2019 requires that all members of the ADF are provided every opportunity and encouraged to participate in sport at a level commensurate with their preference and ability.   With the ADF Rowing Club as an RA affiliated Club, an increase in active ADF personnel in rowing on a range of levels is expected, particularly in non-regatta events.

Gary said the Committee of the ADF Rowing Club looks forward to working with Rowing ACT, ACT Rowing clubs and ACT rowers to continue promoting and developing the sport.

The Invictus Games are very much in the spotlight at the moment.  ADF Rowing, in conjunction with Gordon Marcks who is the Senior Coach for Para-Rowing at Rowing Australia, have been supporting since January the 2017 Invictus Games selection camp for indoor rowing.  This included coaching the Canberra based Invictus Games indoor rowing athletes since that time.  Two athletes, Pilot Officer Nathan Parker and Lance Corporal Gary Wilson are currently competing in the 2017 Invictus Games.   ADF Rowing is currently planning to support a larger Indoor rowing contingent for the 2018 Invictus Games, which will be held in Sydney.


The 2017 Winter Time Trials series has concluded following WTT 5 on 17/23 September.

The Men’s 1x Kwiatkowski Cup came down to the wire, with the top 5 rowers all within 10 points leading into the final WTT. Sitting 2nd, Tom Perry (CRC/HPP) won maximum points to pass leader Hayden Vanderwoude (Shellharbour) and win his second consecutive Kwiatkowski Cup, the first rower to do so. Rob Curtin (BMRC) and Tyron Boorman (BMRC/HPP) were 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

In the Women’s 1x Circulis Plate, Sarah Larkin (ANU/HPP) entered WTT5 with only Alexandra Moylan (CRC) any chance of passing her, 8 points back in 2nd. Larkin won maximum points and with Moylan a scratching, she ran away with the Circulis Plate to win by 24 points. Moylan held onto 2nd, while Alice Hatcher (ANU) and Maddy Bennett (CRC/HPP) tied for 3rd.

The BMRC/CRC combination of Damien Pentony, Ian Mongan & Seb Lang won the Open 2-; and a tie for 1st in the Women’s 2- between CRC’s Camille Cherbuin, Kerry Knowler & Elaine Bissaker, and the ANU’s Miranda Hall, Jana Pretorius & Sarah Edwards.

The Open 2x was anyone’s race to win, with 5 points separating the top 4 crews with one WTT to go. CRC’s Nerida Carter, Darrell Ninham & Judi Walsh held onto 1st by a single point from CGS Old Boy’s Gary Power & Alan Carey. Glebe’s Anna Hueneke & Kenneth Major finished 3rd, making the trip to Canberra for every WTT this year.  Kerrie Smyth & Emma Southcott (CRC) won the Women’s 2x from BMRC/LTRC’s Cecilie Young & Christine Young in 2nd.

The BMRC crew of David Whyte, Andrew Bailey, Colin Calderwood, Frank Briggs, Brendon Ellis & Judith Abercromby won the Open 4x. Capital Lakes’ Rebecca Perkins Lauren Kalkman Geoff Nichols, Nigel Miller, Masumi Yamamoto & Daniel Payten came 2nd. In the Women’s 4x, the LTRC crew of Maricelle Oringo, Samantha Warne, Caitlin Banton, Heather Warne and Grace West proved consistency is key, picking up points in all five WTTs to finish 1st.

Both 8+ pointscores were close affairs with only 1 point between 1st and 2nd. ANU won the Opens, and BMRC the Women’s.

Congratulations to the pointscore winners, and thank you to all of the WTT competitiors across the 2017 series. An announcement on the WTT Presentation will be made soon.

Click here for the complete Saturday Small Boats and Sunday Big Boats pointscores

RACT School Pathway 8+
Development Camp #1
Saturday September 30th 2pm – 4pm
Sunday October 1st 10am – 2pm
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)

Predicted Camp and Event Dates
*In consultation with school/club rowing programs. January Camp to be worked around school program


How to Register
Registration for camp #1 is currently open on-line here

For more information please email

Entries are invited for the 1st RACT/ACTAS, NTC Time Trial of the 2017-18 season to be held on 30th September 2017. Information on events and entries can be found on the RACT calendar


Competitors eligible to enter must be registered members of RACT, and comply with the RACT Status Rules governing competition.

All competitors are required to wear their club racing uniform.

All athletes are required to participate in a supervised weigh-in on the day.


As per the 2017 ART Event Requirements Lightweight competitors will have their weight recorded prior to racing however, there is no set weight requirement for the September Time Trial


Saturday 7am Start over 5kms

1x 1x 2- Para
Men’s U19 Women’s U19 Men’s Open LTA 2x
Men’s U23 Women’s U23 Men’s U23 LTA2-
Men’s Open Women’s Open Women’s Open LTA 1x
Men’s U23 LW Women’s U23 LW Women’s U23 TA 1x
Men’s Open LW Women’s Open LW   AS 1x


Saturday 9.30am Start over 5kms

Men’s 2x Women’s 2x
Men’s 4x Women’s 4x
Men’s 4- Women’s 4-
Men’s 8+ Women’s 8+


Entries for the 1st NTC TT close at 5pm on Wednesday 27th September, 2017

Entries online via Rowing Manager

Entry Fee = no cost

Enquiries – Nick Garratt – 0411768700

There has been turnover within the Board of Rowing ACT following our recent AGM. Long term Secretary Pat Davoren, who has filled a range of roles on the Board since the 1960s, did not stand for re-election. Patrick’s contribution to governance, his local knowledge and his life long enthusiasm for our sport has been exemplary. His continuing involvement with Canberra Rowing Club is great news for our biggest club, and our sport.

Rob Curtin did not seek re-election to the Board, after contributing significantly to governance, discussions about upgrading media and high performance. We look forward to seeing both Rob and Pat enjoying themselves on Lake Burley Griffin.

New faces on the board includes Bill Mason, who brings strong governance and business links to the table. Deb Styman will return to the Board, with her strong sports administration knowledge, and links to both school and community rowing.

The Lake Tuggeranong Rowing Club is hosting a Come and Try Day on Saturday 7 October 2017, 9.00am – 11.00am at the LTRC shed under the Tuggeranong Library on Cowlishaw Street.

This information morning is for anyone 12 years and older who is interested in joining Lake Tuggeranong Rowing Club or completing one of our learn to row programs. This session will include a tour of the shed and a general introduction to rowing. For more information please email

Rowing Australia has announced the addition of Caleb Antill, as the Men’s Sculling Reserve, to the Senior Australian Rowing Team for the 2017 World Rowing Championships. Antill, a member of the Reinhold Batschi Men’s National Training Centre and ANUBC, recently returned from the World Rowing U23 Championships where he finished sixth in the U23 Men’s Single Scull, he is also a former World U23 Champion in the Men’s Quadruple Scull (2016). Caleb joins Luke Letcher of Black Mountain RC and Angus Moore, formerly of Canberra Rowing Club, who are members of respectively of the Men’s double and Men’s eight to compete in Florida.

Men’s Head Coach, Ian Wright, said: “With Hamish Playfair having been selected for the Men’s Eight for the World Championships we found ourselves without a men’s sculling reserve for the World Championships in Florida. We have added Caleb to the team as cover for our Men’s Double Scull and I am sure that travelling with the Senior Australian Rowing Team will prove to be a valuable experience for Caleb.”

Capital Lakes Rowing Club is hosting some exciting events over the next few weeks at their new boathouse location in Grevillea Park


Learn to Row Information Session – Sunday 30 July 2017

On Sunday 30 July between 8-10am, CLRC will be holding information sessions for Juniors and Adults wishing to undertake a learn to row program during the 2017-2018 rowing season. We will provide a tour of the Boathouse and information on the Learn to Row programs. Cost for a learn to row program is $250 for a 6 session program. Further information by emailing or phone 0423 669 916.


Open Day and Row-In– Saturday 5 August 2017 – From 8am

Capital Lakes Rowing Club would like to invite other ACT Clubs to row on down and visit us in our new Boathouse and join us for a sausage sizzle and coffee. We now have our dock in place and would like to offer the opportunity to share our new facility with the rest of the ACT rowing community. Make this visit a part of your morning row or drop by and visit us after rowing – we have plenty of parking for boats and wheeled vehicles.


The Capital Lakes Rowing Club Boathouse can be found at 23 Menindee Street Barton in Grevillea Park

Through 3 Winter Time Trials there isn’t much separating the pointscore leaders in each boat class.

The Kwiatkowski Cup Men’s 1x is led by Shellharbour rower Hayden Vanderwoude with a 4 point advantage over BMRC’s Rob Curtin. Alan Carey (CGS Old Boys) and Nicholas Barnier (CRC) round out the top 4 just 5 and 7 points back from Vanderwoude. 2016 Kwiatkowski Cup Winner Tom Perry (CRC) isn’t far off the pace in 5th.

Sarah Larkin (ANU) is enjoying a 13 point buffer between her and next-best Alexandra Moylan (CRC) in the race for the Women’s 1x Circulis Plate. Philippa Henty (CRC), Alice Hatcher (ANU), Neve James (CGGS) and Jilly Roberts (ANU) are all well placed to make a late push for the Plate. Course record holder Adair Ferguson (CRC) sits 7th.

The BMRC/CRC ‘squad’ of Damien Pentony, Ian Mongan and Seb Lang are proving that consistency is key as they lead the Men’s 2- pointscore with twice the points of their nearest competitor.

It’s anyone’s race for the Women’s Pair with only 2 points separating the 5 crews entered so far. Two CRC crews lead the pointscore – Janice Jago & Felecity Antill, and Camille Chaerbuin, Kerry Knowleer & Elaine Bissaker.

The Open 2x is led by Nerida Carter and Darrell Ninham (CRC) from Sue Donoghoe and Ian Cooper (ANU). Glebe Double Anna Hueneke and Kenneth Major sit 3rd after racing in all WTTs so far.

A two-horse race is starting to emerge in the Women’s Doubles, CRC crew of Kerrie Smyth and Emma Southcott are tied for the lead with BMRC/LTRC crew Cecilie Young and Christine Young.

Open Quads are led by CLRC crew of Perkins, Kalkman, Nichols, Yamamoto, Payten and Miller, with a 5 point lead over second.

With low entries keeping the pointscore close the Open & Womens Fours and Eights are far from over.

The Full Pointscore for Saturday/Small Boats can be found here

The Full Pointscore for Sunday/Big Boats can be found here

WTT 4 is on 19/20 August, and WTT 5 on 16/17 September.

Points are allocated by awarding 1 point for every boat beaten on the handicap adjusted results. Crews may change up to 50% of their rowers before they are considered a different entry e.g. a quad can have up to 6 different rowers over the course of the WTT series and still accumulate points as the same crew.