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National teams announced with multiple ACT rowers

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 […]

ACT performs well at National and Inter-State regattas

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 […]


New ACT Trophy for Men’s Champion Under 19 Single Scull

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 […]

Rowing ACT Board for 2017-8

There has been turnover within the Board of Rowing ACT following our recent AGM. Long term Secretary Pat Davoren, who has filled a range of roles on the Board since the 1960s, did not stand for re-election. Patrick’s contribution to governance, his local knowledge and his life long enthusiasm for our sport has been exemplary. His continuing involvement with Canberra Rowing Club is great news for our biggest club, and our sport.

Rob Curtin did not seek re-election to the Board, after contributing significantly to governance, discussions about upgrading media and high performance. We look forward to seeing both Rob […]

Caleb Antill added to Australian Rowing Team for 2017 World Rowing Championships

Rowing Australia has announced the addition of Caleb Antill, as the Men’s Sculling Reserve, to the Senior Australian Rowing Team for the 2017 World Rowing Championships. Antill, a member of the Reinhold Batschi Men’s National Training Centre and ANUBC, recently returned from the World Rowing U23 Championships where he finished sixth in the U23 Men’s Single Scull, he is also a former World U23 Champion in the Men’s Quadruple Scull (2016). Caleb joins Luke Letcher of Black Mountain RC and Angus Moore, formerly of Canberra Rowing Club, who are members of respectively of the Men’s double and Men’s eight to […]

Poznan Rowing World Cup success for Australia.

The radical Experiment that Rowing Australia adopted with a centralized model for High Performance looks to have reaped rewards in the first international Regatta for the programs based in Canberra (men) and Penrith (women).

Wins for both the women and men in their four oared boats against their respective dominant Olympic sweep oared Nations (USA for the women and Great Britain for the men) indicate a major leap forward for Australian International rowing. The win for the women’s crew (Goodman, Werry, Stephen and Hawe) is a great result in this Olympic event that the Americans would expect to win.The four […]

Renae Domaschenz is RACT ‘s Pathways Coach

Rowing ACT has announced that Renae Domaschenz has been appointed ACT High Performance Pathways Co-ordinator in a role that supports Nick Garratt our ACT Chief Coach.
Renae was an Australian National coach with the Under 21 team in 2016, and has been acting ACT Head Coach since January this year. Apart from a very successful 2016 National Regatta, Renae has extensive coaching experience at ANUBC, and several local college programs, as well as in University programs in the UK and USA.

Renae has been employed to increase the number of athletes who transition into High Performance rowing with ACTAS […]


Capital Lakes new boathouse opened in Grevillea Park

ACT Sports Minister Yvette Berry opened the $1.4 million Capital Lakes boathouse this morning in wonderful autumn weather that highlighted this great facility in a beautiful location.

Rowing in the ACT commenced in East Basin in 1964, out of a Boathouse that has since become the Boathouse Restaurant, and although most clubs have migrated to the more sheltered waters west of the City, and the regatta venue is no longer under Kings Avenue Bridge, Capital Lakes have been keen to continue to row from this end of the lake.

Both the club and Rowing ACT are grateful for the […]


Rowing ACT Presentation, 3pm on 30 April at University House

Come and celebrate with your crew at the 2017 Rowing ACT Presentation function on Sunday 30th April. There is no cost and refreshments and finger food will be served at one of Canberra’s great venues, University House. Apart from presenting trophies to winning crews, we will also celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the ACT winning the King’s Cup for Inter-State Eights, with several of the crew members in attendance. Guest speakers include Nick McDonald-Crowley, a member of this Champion crew and Nick Hunter who was an observer of this great win.

All clubs and crews are welcome to attend. It […]

Interstate and National regatta ACT highlights

The ACT had a very good National and Inter-State regatta.
The ACT had two medalists at the Inter-State Regatta, our best result since 1997.

At the National regatta all of our participating clubs had good results.

Individually many of our athletes had a superb National regatta.

Caleb Antill of ANU is National under 23 Champion Single and under 23 Champion Double Sculler and was also a member of the National Champion Quad scull.
Caleb has built on his International Under 23 Gold medal from last season to be a near certainty for International representation again this year.

Tom […]