Archive for month: February, 2018

Rowing ACT has a new perpetual trophy – The Tarcoola Trophy which has been donated by the Letcher family. It is to be awarded to the winner of the ACT Champion U19 Men’s Single Scull.
The Letcher family have been significant contributors to ACT Rowing.
Luke has won multiple National Championships (including the National Under 19 single scull title) and is a current member of the Australian team.
Vicky is active in BMRC administration and has been on the Rowing ACT Board and can be seen on regatta days out on the water as a BRO and as a competitor.
Graham is our diligent photographer providing excellent photos for every regatta for Facebook.

The trophy is to be called the Tarcoola Trophy.
It is named after Tarcoola Reach.
This is the reach that runs from the AIS shed past Radford to BMRC.
This stretch of water is a favorite for the Letcher family.

FISA announced today that Rowing ACT boat race official Geoff Northam has been appointed to the jury of umpires for the World Rowing Under 23 Championships. This is great recognition for Geoff, who is a stalwart of rowing in Canberra and is one of Rowing ACT’s and Rowing Australia’s top umpires.

The Championships will be held in the historic town of Poznan in Poland from 25-29 July 2018

Congratulations Geoff!


Please be aware that applications for the position of Executive Officer, Rowing ACT, was recently advertised with Sportspeople.   The detail is repeated below.


Applications are invited for the position of Executive Officer Rowing ACT.  Applications should be submitted by 14th February 2018.  The Board reserves the right to consider late applications.

Responsible to:

The Rowing ACT Board through the President and to the Director of Finance on accounting issues.

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, coordinate and implement the policies of Rowing ACT, coordinate regattas and events, liaise with, coordinate and communicate with  stakeholders, undertake accounting operations, manage records, undertake training, apply for grants and to explore other 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 meetings and functions and liaise with other rowing bodies.

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 maintain records to meet ccounting and audit standards.  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.  There are work-from-home opportunities although some office attendance is required. The successful applicant will be required to attend regattas and provide their own transport to successfully meet the expectations of this role but will be provided with a fuel allowance.


$55,000 (including superannuation) plus an annual fuel and car allowance of $1000 rolled into salary (allowing car tax deductions).






Selection Criteria:




  • Knowledge of the sport of rowing or a proven ability to attain that knowledge quickly
  • An ability and 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.
  • Leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • High-level organisational skills including an ability to meet deadlines.
  • Proactivity and initiative.
  • Capability and proficiency in computer systems such as Microsoft Office, regatta systems and accounting software.




  • First Aid accreditation
  • A knowledge of Work Place Health and Safety Legislation.


The applicant will also need to meet the following requirements. 

  • Possess a current driving licence and car to attend local events and meetings (interstate travel will be met by Rowing ACT).
  • An ACT Working with Vulnerable People registration at the time of application or soon after taking up the position. Any costs will be met by Rowing ACT.
  • A NSW General Boat Licence at the time of application or soon after taking up the position. Any costs will be met by Rowing ACT.


Applications to:

David Bagnall



62474615 (phone)

0447582537 (mobile)



If you are aged between 13 and 17, are tall for your age, and would like to try rowing, come along to our testing day.

Rowing ACT in conjunction with the ACT Academy of Sport (ACTAS) and Rowing Australia are conducting a Talent ID program to identify and produce our next Olympians.

The Talent ID program has produced numerous Olympic representatives as well as many junior and under 23 world champions

Testing will be conducted at the Rowing ACT headquarters, 14 Alexandrina drive, Yarralumla, ACT on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of April between 8 and 10 am

Successful applicants will be supervised by Olympic and national team coaches

Rowing Australia athletes, Canberra’s Caleb Antill, Cara Grzeskowiak and Luke Letcher



Nick Garratt – Head Coach  0411 768 700
Renae Domaschenz –  Pathways Coach 0432 748 815

Please be advised that RACT intends to fine rowers that are competing in colours/zooties that are not the registered colours/zooties of the clubs or school under which they have entered the regatta.


We are aware of the two schools who have previously advised that they are working through new zooties and may not have all rowers in the same colours.