Archive for year: 2018

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.

Multiple National Championships and good performances in Inter-State racing were highlights for ACT rowers at Penrith over the weekend.
Youngsters Alex Grzeskowiak (Capital Lakes) and lightweight Nathan Kennedy (ANU) won their respective under 21 single sculls titles, as well as combining for a silver medal in the Under 23 double, and winning gold in the Under 23 quad scull when they combined with a pair of Queenslanders.

Para rower Nikki Ayers (Capital Lakes) had a stunning debut at the national regatta winning gold in her mixed Para four event, silver in her mixed pair, and silver in the Inter-State women’s Para Single Scull event. These results were spectacular for someone who has been rowing for less than a year.

Canberra Rowing Club’s Tom Perry may no longer be an International Representative, but he is still a force Nationally. Tom combined with three Queenslanders to win the National Lightweight Men’s quad title, and then combined with Nathan Kennedy, Will Clark and Hamish Harding (all of ANU) to come third in the Penrith Cup for Inter-State Lightweight fours. The ACT was not been on the podium for this event since 2005, so that both crew and coach Nick Garratt are to be commended.

Mosman rower Tom Schramko, who trains with the ACT squad on Lake Burley Griffin, made a big comeback to win the under 23 single scull after major health issues over the preceding year.

ANU were also placed in the under 23 Lightweight Women’s Champion Quad (2nd) and Single (third), and third in the Under 23 Men’s Lightweight Pair to round out a strong performance for the student club.

Radford College had good results with both their Schoolboy and Schoolgirl Quad sculls coming second in their respective National School Championships, while Canberra Girls Grammar grabbed third in the Under 17 Champion Girls Quad Scull. Overall it was a great regatta for the ACT, with improving results in Inter-State events.

Does this sound like you?

  • You would like to work part time with work from home opportunities.
  • You are an experienced Sports Administrator with exposure to top level, elite pathways sport, or have highly developed administrative skills and looking to move into a sports environment
  • You have a knowledge of rowing or sport at the elite/pathways level or the ability to quickly acquire such knowledge
  • You are a self-starter who has the drive and initiative to get things done
  • You have good communication and interpersonal skills with the proven ability to relate to a variety of people, including coaches; athletes; sports coordinators; club, state and national association representatives; board directors and executives; members of the public
  • You have excellent organisational skills including the ability to work in a dynamic environment, manage competing priorities and effectively meet deadlines
  • You enjoy working both independently and as a member of a small team
  • You like a combination of working in the office and being out and about

Applications are invited for the position of High Performance Administrative Officer (HP

  1. AO) Rowing ACT.  Applications should be submitted by 30 March 2018.  The Board reserves the right to consider late applications.

Responsible to:

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

Primary Role:

This position is to provide support to the high-performance rowing program.  The ACT high-performance program is run under the umbrella of a tri-partite agreement between Rowing Australia, ACT Academy of Sport and Rowing ACT.

 Duties:

The HPP Coordinator will have the following duties.

  • Work with the head coach with the implementation of the Rowing ACT HPP Strategic Plan and the delivery of the operational plan including deliverables such as Talent Identification and Development process, pathway camps, school to club and university transition for the high performing rowers.
  • Provide logistical and administrative support for state teams including arranging training camps and events, fleet management, planning, managing correspondence.
  • Provide logistical and administrative support to athletes for state team and squads including arranging entries, uniforms, transport, accommodation and meals.
  • Undertake reporting, including to Rowing Australia on athlete performance
  • Communicate with the ACT Rowing Community on state crews and squads, coaching sessions, obligations, and camps for rowers, crews and coaches via email, Facebook, and updating RACT website.
  • Liaise with clubs, universities and schools where there are high-performance programs in progress to ensure meeting KPIS.
  • Coordinate Coach Development and Education arranging monthly seminars, and organising Level 2 Coaching course
  • Undertake accounting functions, using the RACT accounting system, including the payment of invoices, invoicing within specified timeframes and calculating athlete liability for events.
  • With the Head Coach, and in conjunction with ACTAS, ensure that ACTAS and RACT members (athletes) are effectively protected and security of the shed facility is maintained.
  • With the Head Coach, Identify OHS requirements, repairs and maintenance and insurance issues at the ACTAS shed and arrange, in conjunction with ACTAS, remediation as required.
  • Provide secretariat support to the tri-partite group, including arranging meetings and papers and notetaking.
  • Ensure effective record keeping.
  • Undertake other duties as directed.

The successful applicant will also need to work cooperatively with the Rowing ACT Executive Officer (EO).  There may be some overlap in duties and backup and support may be required, particularly during absences of the EO.  Counterpart requirements will exist for the EO.

Terms of Employment

The successful applicant will be employed on a part-time basis on a two-year contract, extendable by agreement between the two parties.  The part-time position will be an agreed fraction of a 38-hour week, within the 0.4 to 0.6 range.  Work may not only vary from day to day but 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.

 Salary:

The salary will be on an agreed percentage of the full-time equivalent of $50-60,000 (including superannuation).  The actual salary will be negotiated taking into account the applicant’s experience, existing/recent salary and work experience.

 Contact Officer:  David Bagnall, President of Rowing ACT

Email:  recruitment@rowingact.org.au

Contact Number: 0447 582537

 SELECTION CRITERIA:

  Applicants are required to address the selection criteria below.

  • 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.
  • Lead, progress, monitor and report on the progress of relevant initiatives included in the RACT Strategic Plan to ensure the Association continues to meet its Mission of “Foster, Promote and Grow the sport of Rowing in the ACT”.
  • Demonstrated experience managing, coordinating and working collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills including the ability to work as a team.
  • 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.

The applicant will also need to meet the following requirements. 

To gain clearance to the shed and to work along young athletes the successful applicant must take immediate steps to secure the following documentation.

  • Current First aid/resus certificates (NB: ACTAS hosts and runs a first aid course for coaches and staff each September FYI we can put them into this if needs be)
  • Level 1 and 2 (with 2018 Update) ASADA certificate
  • Working With Vulnerable People card (Application form and info attached if lapsed) Happy to Pathway Budget to reimburse Admin Officer for this if not held.
  • ACTAS Member Protection Policy (Everyone needs to sign attachment B2 / or signed copy of page 19 yearly)
  • Play by the Rules – http://www.playbytherules.net.au/interactive-scenarios/free-online-training (two modules required only)
    1. Child protection; and 
    2. Harassment and Discrimination

 

Does this sound like you?

  • You have well-developed administrative skills and would like to work in a sports environment.
  • You have a knowledge of rowing or the ability to quickly acquire such knowledge.
  • You are a self-starter who has the drive and initiative to get things done.
  • You have well-developed communication and interpersonal skills with the proven ability to relate to a variety of people, including board directors and executives; club, state and national association representatives; government representatives; coaches; athletes; boat race officials, members of the public.
  • You have well-developed organisational skills including the ability to work in a dynamic environment, manage your own time, manage competing priorities and effectively meet deadlines.
  • You enjoy working both independently and as a member of a small team and are prepared to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends.
  • You like a combination of working in the office and being out and about doing physical tasks to set up for regatta.

Applications are invited for the position of Executive Officer Rowing ACT.  Applications should be submitted by 30 March 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.

Duties:

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 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 accounting and audit standards.  Financial reporting will be as required.

The successful applicant will also need to work cooperatively with the High Performance Coordinator.  There may be some overlap in duties and backup and support may be required, particularly during absences of the HPP Coordinator.  Counterpart requirements will exist for the HP Administrative Officer.

Other duties will be as directed.

Terms of Employment

The successful applicant will be employed based on 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, which are run over the weekend, and provide their own transport to successfully meet the expectations of this role but will be provided with a fuel allowance.

Salary:

$55-65,000 (including superannuation) plus an annual fuel and car allowance of $1000 rolled into salary (allowing car tax deductions).  The actual salary will be negotiated taking into account the applicant’s experience, existing/recent salary and work experience.

Contact Officer:  David Bagnall, President of Rowing ACT

Email:  recruitment@rowingact.org.au

Contact Number: 0447 582537

  

SELECTION CRITERIA:

Applicants are required to address the selection criteria below.

Essential

  • Knowledge of the sport of rowing or a proven ability to attain that knowledge quickly.
  • Lead, progress, monitor and report on the progress of initiatives included in the RACT Strategic Plan to ensure the Association continues to meet its Mission of “Foster, Promote and Grow the sport of Rowing in the ACT”.
  • Demonstrated experience managing, coordinating and working collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills including the ability to work as a team.
  • 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.

Desirable

  • 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 (the cost of 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.
  • Secure within 3 months 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.
  • Achieve within 3 months Member Protection Information Officer certification.

 

 

 

 

Canberra Rowing Club wins the Men’s and Women’s Premiership in 2017-18.

With the completion of Rowing ACT’s 2017-18 season of point score regattas the Canberra Rowing Club have again been victorious in our Premierships.

ANUBC have improved with their influx of new members and coaches to come second in both categories and this is a major resurgence in the students’ performance.

In third place in the Men’s flag were Black Mountain, based around their strong Masters crews.

In the Women’s competition Capital Lakes Rowing Club was third, an excellent result based around their schoolgirl crews.

Of the school programs, Radford was strongest coming in fourth in the Overall Premiership, while Marist was half a point behind Black Mountain when it came fourth in the Men’s premiership.

Inter-state clubs Shoalhaven, Kinross-Wollaroi and North Shore also had an impact with successful visits to our regattas.

The diversity of clubs that now compete at our regattas are indicative of how the ACT regattas and our venue are well regarded inter-state. These visiting clubs provide great competition for the locals and strengthen our sport.

You can download the points score here.

An iPhone 5 was handed in at the RACT tent on Sunday at the ACT Champs.

If you lost it, or know who lost it, please send an email to rowingact@gmail.com.

Thanks.

Update

Owner and phone re-united – thanks to Edwin.

 

 

 

 

The current World Champion Men’s Four crew of Jack Hargreaves, Spencer Turrin, Alexander Hill and Joshua Hicks are set to make appearances at the ACT Rowing Championships this coming weekend on Lake Burley Griffin. The crew form part of a high profile line-up of entries from the AIS National Rowing Centre men’s training squad which is based here in Yarralumla.

The Reinhold Batschi Men’s NTC squad members will be racing this weekend with Hargreaves, Hill, Turrin and Hicks being the headline performers following their outstanding win at the World Rowing Championships in Florida last October. The Men’s Four crew also won silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Amongst the 22 National squad members competing this weekend, a number of rowers are ACT athletes. The ACT’s top male rowers entered include Luke Letcher and Caleb Antill (2016 World Champion U23 Quad gold medal crew members) and Tom Perry (current National Light Weight Men’s Champion single scull). The top ACT female competing this weekend is Cara Grzeskowiak (finalist U23 World Championships single scull). National squad rowers will be competing on Saturday in the Championship Men’s Singles event (7.50am heats, 9.55am finals), Men’s Pair (8.00am heats, 10.05am finals) and also an invitational Men’s Quad special event (11.25am). *

Including the NTC headliners, 591 ACT and interstate elite and age group rowers will be vying for several prestigious trophies across 2 days of racing this weekend. Rowers from Adelaide, Commercial, Glebe, Melbourne University, Mercantile, Mossman, Nagambie, Sydney University, Leichhardt, Drummoyne, Newington Masters, North Shore, Sydney, St George, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, St Augustine’s, Torrens and UTS Haberfield Rowing Clubs will be mixing it up with rowers from our 12 ACT rowing clubs.