Archive for year: 2018

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Rowing ACT will be holding a Level 2 Coaching Accreditation Course later this year. If you are interested in participating in the course please fill in the form here. You will then be emailed directly when further details become available.

Australia currently leads the Trans Tasman Series by 2 points at the end of the first leg of the series. ACT rowers Alex Grzeskowiak (CLRC) and Nathan Kennedy (ANUBC) pulled some fantastic results. Despite the weather, Alex took out the Mens single, while Nathan came a tight second in the Mens Lightweight Double Scull. Both of them also raced in the Mens Quad and Eight, both of which beat New Zealand to take out the Gold Medal. Congratulations to Nathan, Alex and the rest of the team on these fantastic results.


The team will race again in New Zealand at the end of August.


Rowing Director – Nudgee College, Brisbane

The Rowing Director is responsible for the ongoing leadership and development of a highly successful program. We are seeking an applicant who has the capacity to lead our rowing community, manage the program and continue to build on our recent successes:

  1. 200+ boys in the program
  2. Active and united Parent Support Group
  3. GPS Overall (Old Boys Cup) Champions – 6 times in the last 7 years
  4. GPS Head of River (O’Connor Cup) Champions – 7 times in the ​last 15 years, including four of the last five consecutive titles
  5. National Schoolboy VIII Champions 2015
  6. Multiple state and national champions, including numerous Australian representatives

For more detailed information please read the attached Position Description.

This position has a commencement date of 10 September 2018. The date can be negotiated, with good reason.

Applications close 9 July 2018, with interviews conducted in the week of 16 July 2018.

To apply, send your resume and a cover letter, explaining your experience and skills, to

World Cup II

Australia has had some fantastic results last week at World Cup II in Linz, Austria including winning gold in both the Men’s and Women’s Fours.

Canberrans Luke Letcher (BMRC) and Caleb Antill (ANUBC), along with David Watts and Alexander Purnell, raced against 12 other countries in the Men’s Quad Scull. Racing through a tough A-final, they pushed through to fourth place in the final 500m, however Germany just beat them to the podium by 0.78 of a second.

The crew will race again at World Cup III in Lucerne, Switzerland on 13 – 15 July.

Henley Womens Regatta

Cara Grzeskowiak (CLRC) took out the Championship Women’s Single at the Henley Women’s Regatta over the weekend, racing five times over three days. In her final race she raced against Fiona Ewing from Sydney Rowing Club to win the George Innes Cup. Cara now heads over to the Netherlands to compete in the Holland Beker Regatta.

Thank you to everyone who responded to the inaugural School Leaver Survey, and congratulations to the 3 random prize winners: Sarah Davoren, John Baker and Chloe Wheel. You should receive an email shortly.

Rowing ACT will be analysing the results of the survey over the next few months to better 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).

Daramalan is currently seeking a suitable candidate for the role of Head Rowing Coach.

View the advertisement including selection criteria and roles and responsibilities here: Rowing Club Head Coach Role Application Form (June 2018)

National selection trials are being held on Yarramundi Reach from Saturday to Wednesday in the mornings from 8am till 4pm. It is requested that crews keep off the bouyed course and that coaches do not take tinnies into Yarramundi Reach.

These selection trials are largely for US based Australian students to get into the Under 23 team. Some of the rowing will be of International standard. Spectating at Weston Park is recommended.

June Under 23 Trials

Dear Clubs,

The Board of Rowing ACT has implemented a Review of the Federal Head of the Lake Regatta and has appointed a three person expert panel to conduct the Review.

The following Terms of Reference will be considered by the Review Panel:

  1. The best possible business model to ensure that the ACT Head of the Lake Regatta becomes a leading Regatta for Schools on the Rowing Australia Calendar, including promotion and engagement with ACT and interstate schools, facility requirements, revenue options including seat-fee and merchandising settings and opportunities for sponsorship from the corporate and government sectors.
  2. The best possible regatta program to ensure that the ACT Head of the Lake Regatta becomes a leading Regatta for both independent and government Schools on the Rowing Australia Calendar.
  3. Clear descriptions for all key roles involved in the management and the promotion of ACT Head of the Lake Regatta.
  4. Other matters as they may arise during the review.

The expert panel will include the following:

  • Alice Evans is Rowing Australia National Events Co-ordinator, and formerly was a key figure in Rowing Victoria regatta administration.
  • Kent Peters is a qualified national umpire from WA who umpire refereed at the Head of the Lake this year. He is Director of Business at Canberra Grammar School, and has a son who rows at CGS.
  • Alan Butorac is a nationally accredited BRO, former RACT Board member and parent involved in local regattas in past years.

Written submissions are requested from key stakeholders in Rowing ACT, including the Chief BRO in the ACT, all Rowing Schools in the ACT and a cross section of  interstate Rowing Schools who have competed in Canberra in the past and those who may potentially compete in the future.
The opportunity for personal interviews with key stakeholders will be available.
The Review will commence in April 2018, and a draft report be completed by 13 July 2018.  A Consultation Period will then follow with a Final Report to be issued by 12 August 2018.

Written submissions and requests for personal interviews should be directed to: Alice Evans


The Head of the Lake Regatta has a long and rich history in the ACT as a schools’ regatta.  The Lake filled in April 1964 and in the following month the Australian Rowing Championships and Olympic trials were held.  Discussion started very soon after that on the possibility of Canberra hosting its very own Head of the Lake event.  In August 1964 thirty boys from Telopea Park High school were the first Canberra schoolboy organised crew to use Lake Burley Griffin in a four bought from the ACT Rowing Association.  This was seen at the time as the first stage of a plan to establish Canberra’s own Head of the Lake.  This led to the first Head of the Lake being held in April 1966.  Telopea High, Daramalan, Grammar, Lyneham and St Edmund’s all regularly competed in the 1960s.

Since then Rowing ACT has regularly hosted major school regattas on its calendar. The Federal Head of the Lake is the oldest of these regattas: it was inclusive of all schools, and events were won by government schools during the early years. Later the Independent Schools Rowing Association (ISRA) was formed in Canberra and they ran an exclusive regatta that was restricted to non-government schools based in NSW and ACT (not Victoria), and also excluded the Sydney GPS.

With the ISRA regatta migrating to Penrith, and now under the control of RNSW, RACT has re-established the Federal Head of the Lake, as a focus for schools rowing.

The 2018 Head of the Lake event was held in March attracting around 600 crew.  It was very successful and attracted good press coverage with the Canberra Times reporting that students from Canberra Girls Grammar, Canberra Grammar, Daramalan, Radford and Marist were leading the local contingent.