Archive for month: April, 2018

The Australian Rowing selectors have announced their teams for 2018, and the ACT has representatives in three categories.
Prior to the National Regatta, Caleb Antill (ANUBC) and Luke Letcher (Black Mountain RC) were announced as members of the National Quad scull to compete on the World Cup Circuit as part of Australia’s Senior A team.
The quad will compete in World Cups 2 and 3 in Poznan (Poland) and Lucerne (Switzerland) and depending on their form at the World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Overnight the selectors announced the Under 21 Team to compete in the Trans Tasman series of races against New Zealand in Sydney and at Lake Karapiro. Alex Grzeskowiak (Capital Lakes RC) is one of Australia’s open weight scullers, while Nathan Kennedy (ANUBC) has been selected as a lightweight sculler.

Rowing Australia also announced the Para team to represent at the World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria in September, and Nikki Ayers (Capital Lakes RC) will make her International debut within 12 months of taking up the sport. This amazing woman has already placed second in the Inter-State race in her first season and will bring that same intensity to International competition. Also included in the para team in the coxswain’s seat is Renae Domaschenz (ANUBC). Renae’s perseverance has been rewarded with this selection for the World Championships.

Over the weekend of 14th and 15th April the ACT boated Schoolboy and Schoolgirl Pathways eights who competed against the other states in Penrith. Despite the ACT being the smallest state in terms of numbers of school aged rowers, both crews performed creditably, and got a taste of what rowing can be like after school has finished.

As foreshadowed, the 2017-18 rowing year has been rolled over.  Registrations are now open for 2018-19.

We would like to invite current and former school rowers/coxswains and school leavers aged 16-25 to participate in a Rowing ACT survey. The survey consists of 15 questions and should take around 5 minutes to complete.

Please click on the link to complete the survey and share this link with school students and school leavers who no longer row/cox.

By completing the survey you have the opportunity to win one of three $50 gift vouchers.

Background information for the survey

As revealed in Rowing ACT membership data, as well as the Australia-wide Gemba Rowing Participation Opportunities Report 2014, participation in rowing declines significantly when rowers/coxswains leave school. Rowing ACT is conducting this survey to gain further insight into the attitudes of current and former rowers/coxswains aged 16-25 years old, which will help us to address any common barriers to participating in rowing/coxing after school.

The survey poses to questions to understand why school rowers/coxswains and school leavers enjoy being part of Rowing ACT, why they choose to continue or stop being involved, and what they want to get out of being part of Rowing ACT. The results compiled at the end of this survey will help Rowing ACT understand the attitudes and aspirations of rowers/coxswains aged 16-25 years old. This information can then be used to improve the retention rate of rowers/coxswains transitioning from school rowing programs into club rowing programs as well as ongoing engagement with Rowing ACT (eg as coaches and volunteers).

Terms and conditions

  1. Completing this survey is entirely voluntary.
  2. You can choose to remain anonymous. We will aggregate the results and not seek to identify you. However, if you want to enter the draw to win one of three $50 gift vouchers you will need to provide your name and contact details at the end of the survey, which we will only use to contact you if you win.
  3. All information collected will be handled securely and in accordance with Rowing ACT’s privacy policy
  4. The purpose of this survey is to help Rowing ACT understand why school rowers/coxswains and school leavers enjoy being part of Rowing ACT, why they choose to continue or stop being involved, and what they want to get out of being part of Rowing ACT.