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2022 AGM

The 2022 Annual General Meeting will be held at 6.00pm on Monday 24 October 2022, at the CGS
Rowing Centre.
Please see the formal notice. The Director nomination and proxy forms can be found here.


On Sunday morning over 110 people attended a tribute and farewell to Rodney Palmer near the Girls Grammar Rowing Shed. Those attending came from a wide cross section of the community including rowing, soccer and work. His contribution to both rowing and soccer were highlighted as well as his mentoring of young people.

Rodney’s tribute ended with the singing of Hallelujah by Nigel Harding and laying flowers on the Lake. Alison Chinn laid a wreath on behalf of Rowing ACT.


Following Rodney’s death on 23 December, he was cremated at a very small private ceremony.  While Rodney is gone, he is far from forgotten.

Rowing ACT has been advised that Friends and fellow rowers are invited to gather at the grassed area next to the Canberra Girls Rowing Club (please see the image below) at 10 am on Sunday 23 January, for a 10.15 start.   There will be some short eulogies and flowers placed on the Lake, where he spent so much of his time.  (Bring a flower from your garden to participate.) It is expected to take less than […]

The Passing of Rodney Palmer

Rodney passed away this morning at Clare Holland House after fighting cancer since early 2019. He was 71.

Rodney was a very well known identity in the rowing community and made an enormous contribution over the years. He was a tireless Boat Race Official, held positions in a number of Clubs, coached and was a great supporter of both junior and adult rowing. He introduced and taught to row many people in Canberra. He had a boat named after him in the Canberra Rowing Club where he held a number of positions before moving to Black Mountain Rowing Club. In […]

ACT High Performance Head Coach Vacancy

Applications are invited for the position of the ACT High Performance Head Coach. Applications should be submitted by Wednesday 11 September. Late applications will be considered at the discretion of the Panel.

The ACT High Performance Head Coach is part of a trilateral initiative between Rowing Australia, the ACT Academy of Sport and Rowing ACT. The Head Coach’s role is to lead and implement strategies within the ACT that contribute to sustainable success for Australian rowing internationally. The successful applicant will need to be a highly experienced and accredited coach and be able to demonstrate experience in planning, organising and […]

Adjustment to By-Laws

The Board agreed on 22 July 2019 to some minor amendments to By-Laws around meetings of the Regatta Sub-Committee (para 46), following discussion at the Open Forum. The amended By-Laws may be found here.

The Board decided that the former provisions were too restrictive in the timing of meetings and that there should be a greater emphasis on the circulation of agenda and papers before the meeting. The minimum requirement of three meetings has been retained.


End Season Forum – 8 May 2019

The Board met last night and approved the May minutes which discussed the Open Forum – the Board did not meet in June.

The Board would like to thank all those who attended the end-of-the-season forum and contributed to the discussion.  Set out below are notes capturing the main issues raised and responses made on the night – they are not formal minutes.   Please see the minutes for decisions the Board has taken.


There have been multiple incidents of rowers being arrogant/abusive towards other lake users.


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