Archive for year: 2018

The annual BRO appreciation dinner was held over the recent long weekend at the Canberra Yacht Club.  Thank you to all of our BROs and volunteers who made the past season possible.

Congratulations to Edwin Bien and Geoff Northam, the first recipients of the new BRO of the Year Trophy.  The photo below shows Edwin Bien receiving the award from Nick Hunter.  Geoff Northam was not, unfortunately, able to attend the event.   Vince McMahon presented the attending BROs with Gold Jubilee Medallions.  If you were invited to the dinner as a BRO but could not attend, please contact Vince for a medallion.



Rowing ACT has announced a medal design competition for Head of the Lake competitors with prize monies totalling $1,800.  This is in response to the strong wish expressed by schools for the 2018 event to have its own medal rather than using the normal regatta medal for places.  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.

The Head of the Lake 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.


Details of the Competition are as follows


  • The winning design will attract a first prize of $500 for the person or group who submits it.  The second and third prizes will be $200 and $100 respectively.
  • $1,000 will also be awarded to the eligible Member Club from which the winning design is submitted.

Entry Eligibility

  • Open to Member Clubs (and their members) which enter the Head of the Lake Regatta.
  • Designs may be submitted by the eligible Member Club or directly by members of an eligible Member Club.
  • There is no limit to the number of designs that may be submitted.

Medal Design

  • The design for the heads side should be in relief, be innovative, be related to rowing.   It is preferable to have some identifiable Canberra feature but this is not a requirement.
  • The tails or reverse side must be predominantly a field (/flat) area to allow for inscriptions.
  • The design needs to incorporate the following Legend – Rowing ACT [and] Head of the Lake, in any order.
  • The design should specify whether the edge is plain or reeded.
  • The design should specify whether there is a rim.
  • The design must be scalable between 3.5cms and 7cms.
  • No cut out designs i.e. medal will be solid.


  • The winning entries will be judged by a three-person panel appointed by Rowing ACT.  One of those members will have expertise in graphic design.
  • No member of the panel is to have a family member submitting or assisting with a design.
  • The decision of the Panel will be final.
  • The panel may commend non-winning designs.

Ownership of the Medal Designs

  • All designs submitted will be owned by Rowing ACT.
  • Rowing ACT may, at its discretion, alter and use those designs for any purpose.
  • The winning design may be altered by Rowing ACT to meet Head of the Lake medal production requirements or for any other refinement it judges to be necessary or desirable.


  • Rowing ACT will publicly acknowledge and profile the winning entrants and designs.

Entry Submission

  • Electronic entry forms and designs should be submitted to   They should be at least 300 dpi.  Electronic entries are preferred.
  • Paper entries should be submitted to Rowing ACT, Head of the Lake Design Competition, PO Box 7074, Yarralumla ACT 2600.   Paper entries must preferably be in ink to provide sufficient detail for scanning.

Closing Date

  • Designs must be received by 15 August 2018.


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

View the advertisement including selection criteria and roles and responsibilities here: Radford Rowing Coach Job advert 2018


Canberra Grammar School is looking to employ a Head of Rowing in a full-time capacity to lead the CGS Rowing programme. It is expected that this role will be primarily undertaken in Terms 1, 3 and 4; in Term 2 tasks will be redirected towards the Winter Co-curricular and/or Academic programmes.
The Head of Rowing will mentor and guide our rowing coaches; design, implement and deliver an annual rowing programme; as well as provide operational leadership specific to the School’s sporting culture. The incumbent will implement appropriate programmes that will cater for a range of ability levels, from beginners to elite athletes. This position may be required to coach a crew.
The Head of Rowing will value sport and the contribution of Rowing to the overall well-being and development of students. The Head of Rowing reports to the Director of Active Education and works with: the Head of Sport, the Rowing Administrator and the Active Education Administrator.
Title  Head of Rowing
Short Description Canberra Grammar School is seeking to employ a Head of Rowing in a full time capacity to lead all aspects of the CGS Rowing programme.
Employer Canberra Grammar School
Work Type Full Time
Salary Not stated
Location Canberra, ACT, Australia
Detailed Description Head of Rowing – Canberra Grammar School

Canberra Grammar School is looking to employ a Head of Rowing in a full time capacity to lead the CGS Rowing programme. It is expected that that this role will be primarily undertaken in Terms 1, 3 and 4; In Term 2, tasks will be redirected towards the Winter Cocurricular and/or Academic programmes.

The Head of Rowing will demonstrate leadership in developing the tone and culture of the CGS Rowing Shed.

Key tasks are as follows:

  • Promote the values and goals of the programme to the CGS community;
  • Communicate effectively with parents to ensure families are well-informed;
  • Develop and monitor training programmes for both the junior and senior shed;
  • Coach recruitment and development;
  • Crew selection;
  • Manage facilities and equipment;
  • Attend all training sessions and coach when required;
  • Develop and lead the coordination of Boat Camp in January;
  • Attend local and interstate regattas;
  • Some administrative tasks as necessary.
Selection Criteria Essential

Closing Date 25 May 2018
Role Description (0KB)
Job advertisment (0KB)
Apply to
Name Stuart McNeill
Phone (work) (02) 6260 9717
Phone (mobile) 0429 945 322

Click here to apply for position

How To Apply Please submit your application including a covering letter and current curriculum vitae to Stuart McNeill, Director of Active Education, via email:

Applications close on Friday 25th May 2018.

Rowing ACT will now be regularly releasing an E-News bulletin, which includes regular updates about all aspects of Rowing ACT, including information about regattas, club achievements, high performance opportunities and more. As a “must read”, we encourage you to spread the word – interested readers can sign up here.


In response to feedback regarding communication, Rowing ACT is releasing a Communications Strategy which will be implemented by the newly formed Communications Subcommittee. This strategy not only aims to improve communication within the ACT rowing community, but also sets goals to improve Rowing ACT’s media presence and awareness of the sport.


Click below to access the strategy:

Rowing ACT Communications Strategy May 2018

Black Mountain Rowing Club invites all of the rowing community to join them in celebrating the conclusion of the rowing year and to recognise the efforts of our hard-working Boat Race Officials.

$10 per adult, under 18 free.

Bubbles with the BROs Flyer 2018




The annual Rowing ACT Presentation was held on 8 April to celebrate the highly successful 2018 season.

Congratulations to all medallists, trophy winners and pennant winners (a full list of winners is attached), as well as all of the rowers, coxswains, coaches, boat race officials, volunteers and supporters who participated throughout the season!  We look forward to another successful season ahead, with Winter Time Trials just around the corner


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.