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With recent floods, Sydney International Regatta Centre is experiencing a severe algal bloom and as such Paddle Australia have relocated one of their Asia-Pacific regatta to Lake Burley Griffin. They will be running a competition on the Regatta course on Yarramundi Reach from Thursday 9th May – Saturday 11th May, with competition expected to start at 9am each day. Rowing ACT asks the community to avoid utilising the regatta course during their competition hours, and we will ensure to communicate the precise starting times where possible.

Paddle Australia will be utilising the Rowing ACT 1000m Start Platform, meaning that the platform will be moored on the 1000m start line for the duration of this competition. Lights will be attached to the platform for safety during the competition period, and we will do our best to ensure that the platform is moored in a safe location off the course as much as possible. Normal traffic flows will remain throughout this period.

Paddle Crews will training on Lake Burley Griffin from Monday 6th of May. Please keep an eye out for any crews during during training sessions (and welcome them to Canberra!).

Rowing ACT and Paddle Australia thank the community for your support. If anyone is interested in helping out, Paddle Australia has asked if we have anyone who could volunteer during the competition, which if you are available, we encourage you to help out. If you are available please get in contact with Sarah at

If you have any issues, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with Sarah at

The 2024 Australian Rowing Championships in Sydney saw four ACT clubs send representatives up, being ANU, BMRC, CRC and CLRC along with 4 schools, being CGS, CGGS, Marist and Radford. A successful week in Sydney for all athletes and the ACT interstate team.

Our interstate team did the ACT proud, with 3 out of 5 crews taking home a medal. The challenge has been laid down to the ACT to see more crews take the field in the coming years.

This year in the Interstate crews, we introduced our representative numbers, to show our pride for all ACT crews past and present. In 2024:

Nikki Ayers PLY (#298) was once again the golden girl, taking home her 4th gold medal in the Interstate PR3 Women’s single, and 5th medal overall. She is the most successful PR3 Women’s single scull.

Stuart John (#360) has continued to go from strength to strength in the PR3 Men’s single, taking out 6th in the event.

Cara Grzeskowiak (#286) returned to the Interstate Women’s Single in a blaze of glory, claiming Bronze after 5 years away from the event. Her class and skills continues to shine bright.

Caleb Antill (#292) showed a return to form throughout the week and culminated his week with a bronze in the Interstate single.

The Interstate Men’s lightweight Four made a return to the course for the first time since 2019 with 4 new debutants being Ishan Shalliker (#364), Matthew Rickard (#365), Jonathan Adams (#366) and Alex Tomanonvits (#367) bringing home a classy 7th place.



  • Caleb Antill (ANU), OM 4x
  • Anneka Reardon (ANU) – OW LW 1x
  • Anneka Reardon (ANU) – OW LW 4x
  • Stuart John (ANU) – PR3 M 2-
  • Cormac Hayes (CRC) – MU23 2x
  • Nikki Ayers (CLRC) – PR3 W 1x
  • Nikki Ayers (CLRC) – PR3 Mix 2x
  • Harrison Braithwaite (Marist) – MU17 1x
  • Zara Turner (Radford) – SG 1x


  • Harry Glackin (CLRC), Cormac Hayes (CRC), Hamish Harding (ANU) – OM 4x
  • Sophie Jerapetritis and Alexandra Moylan (ANU) – Club W 2x
  • Stuart John (ANU) – PR3 Mixed 4+
  • Isabel King, Emily Walker, Samantha Burns, Eliza Lilley, Olivia Noonan (CGGS) – SG4x+
  • Connor Malouf, Angus Scott, Hamish Gaden, Hamish McKee, Cox: Izzy Faris (Radford) – SB 4x+


  • Catherine Khan, ANU – OW 1x
  • Anneka Reardon, ANU – OW 2x
  • Catherine Khan, ANU – OW 4x
  • Caleb Antill, ANU – OM 2x
  • Alex Perry-Dalton (ANU) – U23 W LW 4x
  • Jesse Rosin (CRC) – MU23 4x
  • Garvan Hayes, Charles Carter, Austin Bennie, Harrison Braithwaite, Cox: Theodore Campton (Marist) – SB 4x+
  • Connor Malouf, Angus Scott, Hamish Gaden, Hamish McKee, Cox: Izzy Faris (Radford) – SB 4x+ Sprint

A Finals:

ANU: Hamish Harding, OM 1x, Caleb Antill, OM 1x, Catherine Khan OW 2x, Hamish Harding OM 2x, Jonathan Adams– OM LW 1x, Ishan Shalliker and Max Reardon –  U23 LW M 2x, Alex Perry-Dalton – U23 LW 1x, Ishan Shalliker – U23 M LW 1x, Alex Perry-Dalton (ANU) – WU19 2x, Eloise Lambden and Bonnie Andrews – Club W 2x, Stuart John – PR3 M 1x, Stuart John – PR3 Mix 2x, Ishan Shalliker, Samuel Harrop, Jonathan Adams and Max Reardon – Uni M 4x Sprint; Sophie Jerapetritis, Eloise Lambden, Bonnie Andrews and Alexandra Moylan – OW 4x Sprint;

BMRC: Matthew Rickard and George Bowditch – OM LW 4x; George Bowditch and Matthew Rickard – MU23 LW 2x; George Bowditch – MU21 LW 1x;

CRC: Abby Rickards – WU23 4x, Cormac Hayes – MU23 1x, Abby Richards – WU23 LW 1x, Jesse Rosin – MU23 1x, Tahlia Turnbull – WU17 1x, Ben Haywood – SB 1x;

CGGS: Alex Perry-Dalton, Emily Walker, Samantha Burns, Eliza Lilley – WU19 4x; Elke Spiller, Mia Wyllie, Charlotte Bowen, Sophie Murphy, Heidi Bell – WU17 4x+; Alice Hincksman, Lucy Kordaris, Meg Story, Charlotte Bowen, Mia Wyllie, Elke Spiller, Grace Disney, Sophie Murphy, Cox: Heidi Bell – U17 SG 8+; Emily Walker, Isabel King, Samantha Burns, Eliza Lilley, Cox: Olivia Noonan – SG 4x+ Sprint;

CGS: Ralph Zhang, Magnus Dafter, Alexander Griffiths, Benjamin McGregor, Cox: Teniola Balogun – MU17 4x+; Aprillia Mitchell, Holly Howard, Imogen Horn, Hannah Griffiths, Cate Oliver, Madison Duncan, Estella Robertson, Jade Wilson, Cox: Chameesha Dayajeewa – SG 8+; Harry Budd, Nicolaas Van Der Walt, Cameron Schmidt, Dylan Outram, Cox: Timothy Robson – SB 4+;

CLRC: Harry Glackin – OM 2x;

Marist: Garvan Hayes – MU21 LW 1x;

Radford: Zara Turner  – WU19 1x; Joshua Miller, Rohan White, Hamish Gaden, Hamish McKee – MU19 4x;

ANU was our highest ranking club, placing third on the Club Point Score and 18th on the Medal tally. Marist College placed 11th on the School Boys point score whilst Canberra Girls Grammar sat in 13th place on the School Girls point score following the conclusion of racing.

Finally, we must acknowledge the umpires, staff, coaches and volunteers who all made the trek to Sydney for the week. It was particularly pleasing to see 2 of the ACT’s Level 3 umpires as part of the jury (Catherine Garrington and Jacqui Williams), whilst State Technical Official Sarah Connor also made the trip up, and in exciting news passed her Level 3 exam to join the jury at the end of the week.

Our small but mighty ACT contingent continued to show the strength that comes from the waters of Lake Burley Griffin. Congratulations to all.

Rowing ACT is holding a level 2 coaching workshop as the practical portion of the Rowing Australia National Rowing Coaching Accreditation Level 2 course.

The workshop is include in the price of the course and individuals who have completed the online portion of the course can enrol for the workshop via this link

The course will take place on Sunday 7th April 2024 from 9am at the CGS Rowing Centre in Yarralumla.

The 59th Annual General Meeting was held on Monday 23rd of October, with the two elected directors and president’s position filled, whilst a special resolution was passed. The annual report for the 2022/23 season was presented and can be found here.


The special resolution was to change the terms of Board Directors from 2 years to 3 years, with the resolution passing with a clear majority. The maximum term will change from 10 years to 9 years, to align with the terms. Newly elected directors will be appointed for the full three years, with the terms of the remaining board directors to be recalibrated to ensure that there is an election at each annual general meeting.


There were two elected director positions available, with only two nominations received, both candidates were deemed elected. Therefore Rowing ACT is excited to announce Jaime Fernandez OLY and Alice Arch as the two new elected directors. President, Kent Peters thanked on behalf of the board the outgoing directors Ben Page and Craig Jones. Additionally at the October Board Meeting Tobias Wehr-Candler was re-appointed as a Director whilst Vinhara Goonesekera resigned as an elected director.

Meet the new Rowing ACT Board Directors below

Jaime said of being elected to the board “I’m incredibly humbled and excited about joining the Board of RACT. Having rowed in and for the ACT for the majority of my rowing career, followed by coaching and leading programs at School, State, National and International level I recognise the importance of providing people with an experience that is both positive and supportive. Likewise, supporting the performance pathway, national pipeline, being critical to ensuring that we continue to provide an opportunity for athletes to pursue their dream and ambitions of representing their State and AUS.”




Alice said of being elected “I’m very pleased and humbled to have been elected to the Rowing ACT Board and very happy to be here. I am looking forward to getting involved further in the Rowing ACT community and doing my part”







Kent Peters was re-elected as president of the Rowing ACT board, saying ““I am very humbled to have been re-elected by the community as president of the RACT Board. I am looking forward to being able to continue the work we have done on the board and make Rowing the best sport in the ACT community as we know it is”






At the October Board meeting, secretary Vinhara Goonesekera announced her resignation from the board, leaving one year on her elected term. The board has chosen to fill the casual vacancy, with Peter Wright being appointed in the position at the October board meeting.

“I am excited to be joining the Rowing ACT Board and looking forward to working collaboratively with the Board Members and the Clubs for the benefit of Rowing in the ACT”






Finally, in governance matters, it was announced at the AGM, that Sarah Davoren has been appointed to the role of Executive Officer – Operations, after holding the role in an acting capacity since the departure of Stuart John in May. Sarah said “I am very excited to have been appointed to this role, and I am looking forward to seeing Rowing ACT continue to grow in all areas. I am humbled and thankful for the support of the RACT board and the wider community”

Rowing ACT is proud to present our annual report for the 2022-23 season.

This is to notify all clubs and schools of the Annual General Meeting for Rowing ACT for 2023. The meeting will take place on Monday 23rd of October, 2023 at the CGS Rowing Centre, commencing at 6pm.


The notification of the AGM is here, with the nomination forms for directors and voting proxies as well as a special resolution to be put forward at the meeting to revise the appointment terms for Board Directors, from 2 to 3 years.


There are two board positions up for appointment this year, along with the president’s position. Rowing ACT that any nominees please email Sarah Davoren at with their nomination form by 6pm Friday 20th October 2023. In addition, can all clubs and schools please email with your voting proxy forms by the same time.

The RACT Time Trials are part of the Senior and U23 National Team Selections and encouraged for all underage team selections. See below for further information:

TT Distance:

White Poles in Yarralumla to Kingston – 5300m

Key Event Times and Processes:

Monday – Close of entries

Thursday – bow numbers delivered to clubs.

(Nationally Nominated Rowers Ony) Friday before rowing – weigh in at home club.

Friday 6.15am – first para boat commences

Friday 6.30am – first able bodied boat commences

Time Trial / Safety Information:

Rowing ACT is excited to announce our new Veteran’s and Families Indoor Rowing Competition on the 19th of August!
With our community partners, Invictus Australia and the support of the @Community Services Directorate and the ACT Government , the competition will run in person on Saturday the 19th and as an online early entry for participants who are unable to make it to Canberra on the day in the week prior.
Entries can be made via the link below, with entries closing on Sunday the 6th of June 2023.
Get excited!

With the first ACT Queen’s Cup crew in 11 years having made it’s run down the course at Champion Lakes, Perth, the 2023 Australian Rowing Championships is done and dusted. Congratulations to all who made their way across to Perth to compete at this year’s nationals. The ACT had crews compete from ANU Boat Club, Black Mountain Rowing Club, Canberra Grammar School, Canberra Girls Grammar School, Canberra Rowing Club, Capital Lakes Rowing Club, Marist College and Radford College. A big thanks to our local trailer drivers from the ACT High Performance Program, Radford College, Canberra Grammar School and Canberra Girls Grammar School who made the trek across the Nullarbor to see our boats arrive safely in Perth. 


The week started with small boats, with the first of the finals on Thursday morning. Our finalists and medal winners were:

  • Caleb Antill – GOLD OM 1x
  • Nikki Ayers – GOLD PR3 W 1x
  • Hamish Harding – SILVER OM LW 1x
  • Anneka Reardon – SILVER OW LW 1x
  • Rebecca Jones – 4th PR3 W 1x
  • Jesse Rosin – 4th A Final U19 M 1x
  • Sophie Jerapetrititis – 5th OW LW 1x
  • Zara Turner – 6th A Final U17 W 1x
  • Matthew Rickard – 2nd B Final U21 MLW 1x
  • Alexandra Moylan – 2nd B Final OW LW 1x
  • Stuart John – 2nd B Final PR3 M 1x
  • Catherine Khan – 4th B Final OW 1x
  • Ellora Kelly – 6th B Final U23 W 1x

Friday saw the start of the Big Boat races, and in blustery conditions, the extra bodies were well appreciated! Our finalists and medal winners for the Big Boat races were:

Big Boat Results

  • C.Lane-Krebs [BUND], S.John [ANU] – GOLD PR3 M 2- 
  • C.Kennedy-Leverett [GUSP], C.Antill [ANU] – GOLD OM 2x
  • S.Robinson [TUBC], Anneka Reardon [ANU], E.Mure [HUON], P.Teale [SUBC] – GOLD OW LW 4x 
  • T Caudle and C Khan – GOLD Club W 2x
  • E.Mure [HUON], S.Jerapetritis [ANU] – SILVER OW LW 2x
  • M.Rickard [BMRC], A.Tomanovits [CANB] – BRONZE U23 LW 2x
  • A Reardon w/ L. Coleman – BRONZE OW 2x
  • M.Ferriere [UTS], C.Ryan [NESK], H.Harding [ANU], O.McGuinness [ADEL], J.Waldersee [CANB], J.Henderson [UTS], J.Waddell [NEPN], S.Murphy [UTS], Cox: N.Rogers [UTS] – BRONZE OM LW 8
  • O.Scheel Gamborg [MOSM], D.Hansson [MOSM], D.James [MCC], J.Rosin [MCC] – BRONZE U19 M 4x
  • R.Markwell [BUND], C.Lane-Krebs [BUND], N.Ayers [CLRC], S.Shalhoub [CRC], Cox: I.Nichols [HVGS] – 3rd PR3 Mix 4+
  • H Griffiths and E Robertson – 4th U17 W 2x
  • S John and R Jones – 4th PR3 Mix 2x
  • A Perry-Dalton, C Bridgewater, E Lilley and A Davis – 4th U19 W 4-
  • D James and J Rosin – 4th U19 M 2x
  • G.Geldard [TOOW], E.Moran [ANU] – 5th U21 W 2x
  • M.Foley [CORIO], A.Moylan [ANU] – 4th OW LW 2x
  • J.Waldersee [CANB], J.Henderson [UTS], J.Waddell [NEPN], S.Murphy [UTS] – 4th OM LW 4-
  • B Andrews, C Khan, T Caudle, E Kelly – 4th OW 4x
  • L.Coleman [SUBC], S.Jerapetritis [ANU], A.Reardon [ANU], Cox: B.Blackmore Cram [UTS] – 4th OW 8+
  • H.Gaden, H.Whithear, – 5th U17 M 2x 
  • S Burns and C Nattey – 5th Club Womens 2x
  • H.Jolly, J.Schemen-Rogers, H.Roberts, O.Fox – 5th U19 M4x
  • M.Foley [CORIO], S.Jerapetritis [ANU], E.Mure [HUON], A.Moylan [ANU] – 5th OW 4x
  • N.Mathur [UTS], A.Tomanovits [CANB], M.Rickard [BMRC], Z.Bosco [UTS] – SILVER OM LW 4x+
  • M.Foley [CORIO], A.Moylan [ANU], A.Isaacs [SUBC], E.Mure [HUON], G.Miansarow [SUBC], 
  • P.Gray [ANU], B.Andrews [ANU], N.Greenland [SUBC], E.Kelly [ANU], T.Caudle [ANU], E.Moran [ANU], E.Lambden [ANU], C.Khan [ANU], Cox: C.Barr [ANU] – 5th OW 8+
  • E Kelly and E Lambden – 6th U23 W 2x
  • C.Oliver, H.Howard, H.Griffiths, E.Robertson, Cox: C.Dayajeewa – 6th U17 4x

The Australian Open Schools Championships had racing begin at the back end of the week, with a number of our junior athletes competing for the first time at a National Regatta. Our A finalists and medal winners were;

School’s Regatta:

  • C.Bridgewater, A.Davis, A.Perry-Dalton, E.Lilley, Cox: O.Noonan – SILVER Schoolgirl 4x +
  • H.Jolly, J.Schemen-Rogers, H.Roberts, O.Fox, Cox: I.Faris – SILVER Schoolboy 4x+
  • H.Budd, J.Bjerregaard, D.Outram, W.Hawkins, Cox: J.McDonald – 6th Schoolboy 4+
  • A.West, A.Watts, G.Disney, M.Beesley, S.Murphy, E.Walker, S.Frost, I.King, Cox: E.Miller – 6th U17 Schoolgirl 8+


The Final races for the week was the Interstate Championship, with the ACT represented within 5 out of 10 races – a fantastic achievement! 

Interstate Results:

  • Nikki Ayers – GOLD PR3 W 1x
  • Caleb Antill – SILVER M 1x
  • Stuart John – 4th PR3 M 1x
  • Nicola Greenland – 5th W 1x
  • P.Gray, A.Moylan, N.Greenland, E.Kelly, T.Caudle, E.Moran, E.Lambden, C.Khan, Cox: C.Barr – 6th 8+

Moment of the week: Caleb Antill winning his first Open National Single Championship! 

Shout-outs: The Canberra Grammar School U17 Schoolboy Eight which had a rower come down with COVID right before the B final, and had a younger brother of one of their rowers who had come across to spectate jump in the boat, with the crew placing 2nd in the B Final! An impressive achievement.

A message from Rowing ACT President Kent Peters; 


As we enter what is one of the busiest periods in our annual regatta season it is important to advise that over the last two months there have been a number of worrying incidents, near-misses and accidents.  These have led to hospitalisation, injuries, and complaints from other rowers and the general public that decrease the enjoyment of our sport for everyone.


We all must do better.


The most important factor is that safety on the lake is not someone else’s responsibility – it is everyone’s responsibility.  This includes both rowers and coaches, with everyone ensuring that they are doing their best to keep the lake incident free.  Important to being able to achieve this we need to ensure we are all doing the following:


  • Ensuring that all rowers know the lake traffic flows. A number of recent accidents have occurred due to rowers heading north in lanes 1 or 2, counter to the traffic flow. During normal traffic flows lane 1 is solely for southbound traffic, which means that anyone heading north in lane 1 is putting themselves and others at great risk. Likewise, rowers leaving Yarralumla Bay should give way to rowers heading east or west, while all rowers should be aware of what arches they can and can’t travel through at Commonwealth and Kings Avenue Bridges. Failure to follow the lake traffic flows is akin to driving on the wrong side of the road with a similar level of danger for everyone. The Yarralumla map shows accidents between Yarralumla Bay and the Yarramundi Reach course over the last few months – these have all led to either injuries or damaged boats.Incident Map
  • Ensuring all coaches are aware of the wash their tinnies are creating. Anything east of the National Museum (particularly Central Basin) is prone to wash lingering as it bounces off the hard edges of the lake. This can lead to dangerous conditions for other rowers, particularly those in single sculls. Information on tinnie etiquette can be found at – all coaches should be familiar with these and ensure that they are continually minimising their wash while on the water.
  • Ensuring that noise is kept to a minimum near residential areas, particularly near Kingston.  To avoid noise complaints, coaches should avoid using megaphones around Kingston. If they are required, then please ensure that megaphones are being pointed away from residential buildings .


East Basin Map