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RACT has hired a replacement Executive Officer.

He is Josh O’Brien and he will assume his role on 7 February, 2017.

Josh is currently Sports Operations Manager for Boxing Australia Ltd.
In his current role he manages that organisation’s finances, provides strategic and administrative support to the CEO and Board, manages Development and Talent Identification Programs, helps administer High Performance programs, has organised National and Oceania events, and compiled Annual reports, Social media etc.

Josh has held his current position at Boxing Australia since September 2013.

Rowing ACT welcomes Josh to our sport, and we look forward to a productive interaction.

Radford College will be conducting grading trials on the Yarramundi course this Saturday from about 6:30am to 11am and next Wednesday 25th January from 7 till 8:30am.

Scullers will be racing a 1500m time trial in lane 7 only and will be displaying bow numbers. Radford will have marshals above the 1500m mark and safety boats down the course to deal with incidents. The Wednesday time trial will be run from the 1000m mark.

Radford ask that other lake users keep clear of time trialists and that coaching tinnies keep wash to a minimum as per Rowing ACT protocols. If clubs will be hosting visiting schools next week, could you please make your visitors aware of this activity.

Rowing ACT will host a farewell drinks and nibbles function at Weston Park in the shade of the oak trees next to the rowing pontoons on Tuesday 17th January from 6pm.

Bring drinks and nibbles and celebrate Andy and Mike progressing to their respective next challenges.

All rowers and supporters are welcome to attend. RACT will provide tables, ice, mineral water, paper plates.

Bring a plate of food to share, and lets have a party.

The Interstate Team Policy for the 2017 Interstate Regatta has been announced.

All Rowers, Coxswains and Coaches wishing to nominate for the 2017 ACT Interstate Team must follow the Rowing ACT Selection Policy along with the Rowing ACT Selection Process. See below:

Rowing ACT – 2016 State Team Selection Policy

Rowing ACT – 2016 State Team Selection Process (TBA – once Rowing Australia provide the dates for 2016-17 National Selection events Rowing ACT will announce the Selection Process. This will be similar  to the process used last year)

Nominations to be made using the below form.

Applications are invited for the position of Executive Officer Rowing ACT.  Applications should be submitted by 7 December although the Board reserves the right to consider late applications.

Responsible to:

The Rowing ACT Board through the President.

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.


 The Executive Officer will manage, co-ordinate and implement policy of Rowing ACT, co-ordinate regattas and events, liaise with, coordinate and communicate with all stakeholders, assist in the management of accounts, undertake training and identify and apply for additional revenue opportunities.

The development component of the job includes, facilitating the building of infrastructure for rowing, specifically regatta, administrative and storage facilities, and coordinating rowing education programs.

The Executive Officer is expected to represent Rowing ACT at all necessary meetings and functions.

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 keep detailed records which meet proper accounting and audit practices.  Financial reporting will be as required.

The successful applicant will be employed on the basis of 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.  Actual office attendance is required but it is not fixed and is to be agreed with the President.  The successful applicant will be required to attend regattas and provide their own transport to successfully meet the expectations of this role.


$55,000 (including superannuation) plus an annual fuel allowance of $500.

Selection Criteria:


Knowledge of the sport of rowing or a proven ability to attain that knowledge quickly

  • A willingness to support and implement the policies and strategic directions set by the Board.
  • Demonstrated experience managing, coordinating and working collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • High-level organisational skills including an ability to meet deadlines.
  • Be proactive and use initiative in a variety of situations.
  • Capability and proficiency in computer systems including Microsoft Office.
  • Current ACT Working with Vulnerable People registration or a willingness to successfully complete registration upon employment.
  • A knowledge and adherence to all Work Place Health and Safety Legislation.
  • NSW General Boat Licence or a willingness to successfully acquire upon employment.
  • A current driving licence and car to attend local events and meetings, at own cost (interstate travel will be met by Rowing ACT).


Level 2 NCAS Coaching Accreditation

  • Experience in Rowing Regatta entry and management software.
  • Apply First Aid accreditation


Closing date: 7 December 2016

Applications to:

David Bagnall



62474615 (phone)

0447582537 (mobile)

On the 3rd of December Rowing ACT will be hosting an Interactive Coxswain Workshop.

Conducted by Elite Coxswain and Coach – Renae Domaschenz

When: 12:30-2:00pm Saturday 3rd December
Where: CGGS Boat Shed, Yarralumla Bay
Cost: $5.00 cash per head – taken at the door (light lunch provided)

Renae Domaschenz has a long successful career of Club and National elite coxing here and overseas. In this workshop Renae will share with you some of her career highlights. She will also guide you through the value of a cox and outline the necessary skills required for you to gain maximum performance from both yourself and the crew. Bring your voices and ask for tips!

Topics to be discussed include:
• How to be a good cox
• I’m a new coxswain – help!
• Working with your coach
• Coxswains equipment
• Steering – moving a boat
• Leading your team – Motivation
• The Talk – magic words!
• Tips for practice
• Tips for racing
• Practical session and feedback – hear some examples and have a go!

Email enquiries and RSVP to

Ex-AIS Sykes Honeycomb Carbon Single Scull in excellent condition for sale.

Boat Number 5246, Manufactured for the AIS in 2010 using Mould 30 to suit rower weight 95kgs. Comes with anodised alloy wing rigger, back arms, and New Wave size 15 shoes. Impeller fitted and GoPro mount installed. AIS stickers remain on the boat, but are removable if this is preferred.

This is a great boat for the relative newcomer to rowing and the elite competitor alike, and was previously rowed to a national championship when it was at the AIS. Purchased in late 2012 and only used a handful of times since then.

Boat is currently stored at SUBC Sheds at Huntleys Point (Gladesville) in Sydney. $6750 ono.

Following the Col Panton Marathon there will be a presentation of the WTT Series Point Score Winners, the Col Panton trophies and Head of the Molonglo medals.

A list of WTT Series Point Score winners can be found HERE.

The Head of the Molonglo medal winners were the fastest boat in each category. See the results HERE.

We will also be recognizing our World U23 Champions Luke Letcher and Caleb Antill.

Location: Black Mountain Rowing Club, Rusty Roberston Place ACTON

Time: Breakfast from 10:00AM – Presentation from 10:30AM

Cost (Breakfast): $4.00 cash

Dress: Rowing

Thanks must go to Black Mountain Rowing Club for generously hosting this function.


Rowing Flows

Any rower in the ACT needs to comply with the rowing flows to ensure rowing safety.

Rowing Flows for Lake Burley Griffin

Rowing Flows for Lake Tuggernong

Reverse Flows on Yarramundi Reach (Rowing Course) during competition

The ACT has announced its representative crews for the 2016 Kings Cup regatta in Penrith on 20th March.
The crews are:
Mens Single Scull for the President’s Cup: Luke Letcher Coach: Lyall McCarthy

Women’s Single Scull for the Nell Slatter Trophy: Cara Grzeskowiack Coach: Andrew Randell

Lightweight Mens Four for the Penrith Cup: Mac Wilcox, Francis Snelgar, Callum MacKenzie, Tom Perry Coach: Andrew MacKenzie.

Good luck to these crews and to all the various ACT based club crews competing at the National Regatta.