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With great sadness, Rowing ACT acknowledges the passing of Dennis Hatcher, former Australian Rower and former ANUBC coach, on the 9th of June.

ANU Boat Club shared the following post:

Dennis’ health had deteriorated over the past year, and particularly the last two to three months.

Dennis had a distinguished career in rowing and Australian sport. He represented Australia at the World Rowing Championships in 1978 and 1979, winning a bronze medal in the lightweight eight in 1978.

He later became a national selector, co-selecting Australia’s World Championships teams from 1989 to 1994, and the Olympic team in 1992 which won Australia’s first Olympic rowing gold medals in 44 years.

Dennis’s working career included roles as a Deputy Director of the Australian Institute of Sport, Director of the Northern Territory Institute of Sport, and Director of Sport Science at the ASPIRE Academy for Sports Excellence in Qatar.

Dennis was the ANU Boat Club’s men’s squad coach in 2018, and coached the ANU student eight that toured China that year.

Our thoughts are with Dennis’ family at this time.

Rowing ACT is excited to announce the crews for the 2024 Interstate Regatta, as well as the squads for the 2024 schools pathways regatta in April. The Selectors and board were greatly impressed by the number and quality of nominees and is excited to see the ACT compete on the national stage.

2024 Interstate Team

President’s Cup – Men’s Single: Caleb Antill, coach: Dave Fraumano

Caleb returns to the Men’s Interstate Single, hungry for a gold medal. Caleb has represented the ACT on 4 occasions and has claimed a minor medal on three of those races. Could 2024 be the year?

Nell Slatter Trophy – Women’s Single: Cara Grzeskowiak

It’s been a long break between races for Cara, and as the 2024 Australian Rowing Championships returns to Sydney in a flourish, so does one of the ACT’s most successful women’s scullers. After a bronze medal in 2019, Cara will be looking to upgrade her placing.

Penrith Cup – Men’s Lightweight Four: Ishan Shalliker, Matthew Rickard, Jonathon Adams, Alex Tomanovits, coach: William Hatcher

The ACT returns to the Penrith Cup for the first time since 2019. With some strong local talent, including two members of the ANU Lightweight Four that placed second at the 2023 University Games, the four is one to watch out for.

Women’s PR3 Single: Nikki Ayers PLY, coaches: Dave Fraumano and David Bagnall

Nikki Ayers is looking to go four straight wins in the PR3 Women’s Single and is looking good to make that happen. She has never not podiumed in the PR3 single and we can’t wait to see her shine!

Men’s PR3 Single: Stuart John, coach: Dave Fraumano

Stuart John returns to the PR3 Men’s single after a successful 2023. He continues to go from strength to strength and is looking strong for a top finish at the 2024 Interstate Regatta.

2024 Schools Pathways Squads:

After a strong 2023 result in the school’s pathways regatta, the future is looking bright for the ACT Squads. With the best up and coming school athletes from the nation’s capital, the squad is looking strong. Crews for the Pathways regatta will be selected after the Australian Rowing Championships with crews to be split between quads and eights after the introduction of the Coxed Quad at last year’s event.

Coxes: Aidan Brooks, Chameesha Dayajeewa, Izzy Faris, Moira Geraghty, Olivia Noonan, Timothy Robson, Lucy Robins

School Boys: Austin Bennie, Harrison Braithwaite, Harry Budd, Charles Carter, Euan Greig, Garvan Hayes, Ben Haywood, Conor Malouf, Hamish McKee, Joshua Miller, Campbell Milne, Ethan Murphy, Joseph O’Brien, Dylan Outram, Cameron Schmidt, Angus Scott, Nicolaas van der Walt, Rohan White

School Girls: Charlotte Bowen, Samantha Burns, Amelie Brennan, Madison Duncan, Sophie Frost, Hannah Griffiths, Holly Howard, Isabel King, Eliza Lilley, Aprilla Mitchell, Sophie Murphy, Cate Oliver, Addison Perry, Estella Robertson, Tahlia Turnbull, Zara Turner, Emily Walker, Jade Wilson

Coaches: Caroline Pijpers, Max Myers, Ally McBain, Riley Taylor, William Hatcher

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!

Congratulations to all our Rowers who headed up to Sydney to compete in the 2023 Australian Masters Rowing Championships this past week. The ACT had athletes competing from ANU Boat Club, Black Mountain Rowing Club, Canberra Rowing Club and the ADF Rowing Club – a strong contingent to represent our territory!

ANU was the best of the ACT clubs coming in at 20th on the medal tally and 3.5 golds in the bag. ADF and Black Mountain both took home some bling but it was in the interstate where the ACT shone.

Three crews, all claiming a podium position is a great result for our small state. Stuart John started us off well, taking home a silver in the PR3 Men’s Masters Single – a strong row from Stu! Sue Donoghue stormed out of the gate to take home the gold in clear water, making that back-to-back for Sue! Our Women’s quad was strong off the blocks and was leading through the 500m but was pipped by Victoria to take home a strong silver.


We are very proud of all the ACT crews, and every athlete who participated over the weekend. Well done to all!

Rowing ACT is excited to announce the crews that will be representing the ACT at the Australian Masters Rowing Championships in Sydney early next month. These crews been working hard for the past few months and we are excited to see them compete!
Our Masters PR3 Men’s Single will be contested by Stuart John who is looking to upgrade his fourth from last year into podium position. Stuart also represented the ACT at the Australian Rowing Championships earlier this year, so his ACT pride will be on display loud and proud!
Our Masters PR3 Women’s Single is defending champion Sue Donoghue – can she go back to back?
Finally our Masters Women’s Quad is looking strong with Adair Ferguson coming back from last year’s strong 4th place crew, whilst Dearne Grant makes her return to the crew after a year off, and Zoe Lynam and Jane Clews helping to make a highly competitive boat!
Good Luck to all crews!

Congratulations to the ACT School’s Pathway’s Eights who competed in Sydney last week at the Rowing Australia School’s Pathways Regatta! Both crews represented the ACT with distinction and should be very proud of their efforts.

The Pathways Regatta is held consecutively with the Rowing Australia Under 19 Trials and sees the best school rowers compete head to head for the pride of their state. The two ACT Eights both made A finals, and rowed fantastically across the 2 days of competition.


Thursday afternoon saw the eights on the course for their heats, with the women’s crew of Holly Howard, Zoe Macintosh, Jade Wilson, Sophie Mckay, Emily Walker, Ash Watts, Madison Duncan, Imogen Lang and Cox, Amelia Mukherjee take out second place in a fiercely contested heat, whilst the men’s crew of Harry Budd, Austin Bennie, Elliot Jallier, Luke Jallier, Connor Malouf, Rohan White, Dylan Outram, Jamie Bjerregaard and Cox Jack Mcdonald hold onto third in their heat, scrapping through to the final. 


Thursday night was the annual pathways dinner, a long standing Rowing Australia tradition that encourages all states athlete’s to mingle and make new friends! Guest speaker Tara Rigney spoke about the hardships of rowing, how she bounces back (even after falling in at Nationals!) and feeling starstruck meeting Ash Barty at the Olympics!


Friday morning was the finals, and both crews performed spectacularly! The Women’s eight had a flying start to finish 4th, just off the podium whilst the Men’s crew had a battle with Victoria in the final 500m and came up short by a seat to finish 5th.


All crews should be proud of their efforts, and the way they held themselves whilst representing the ACT. A massive thanks to our coaches, Sarah Peterswald, Caroline Pijpers, Riley Taylor and William Hatcher, with additional thanks to the Rowing ACT staff, Tom Creber and Sarah Davoren who supported the team.


Final congratulations to our two Under 19 trialists, Darcy James and Jesse Rosin who rowed fantastically in the singles on Thursday, with Darcy finishing second in the B final and Jesse taking out second in the A final.

Good luck to the following crews who will be competing in Sydney at the Rowing Australia School’s Pathways Regatta, which is part of the Under 19 Australian Team trials.


Women’s Pathway’s Eight:

Holly Howard

Zoe Macintosh

Jade Wilson

Sophie mckay

Emily walker

Ash watts

Madison duncan

Imogen lang

Cox: Amelia Mukherjee


Sarah Peterswald

Caroline Pijpers


Men’s School’s Pathways Eight:

Harry Budd

Austin Bennie

Elliot Jallier

Luke Jallier

Connor Malouf

Rohan White

Dylan Outram

Jamie Bjerregaard

Cox: Jack Mcdonald


William Hatcher

Riley Taylor


Further good luck to the ACT athletes competing in the Under 19 Trials!

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.

Over the weekend of the 10th – 12th of February, a large contingent of ACT clubs and schools headed up to Penrith to compete in the NSW Rowing Championships. It was a great showing from the ACT, with athletes competing from ANU Boat Club, Black Mountain Rowing Club, Canberra Rowing Club, Capital Lakes Rowing Club, Canberra Girls Grammar, Canberra Grammar School, Orana Steiner School, Daramalan College, Radford College and Marist College, with nearly every club and school taking home some medals. See below for the final medal wrap up from our ACT athletes.

Gold 🥇

Kathryn Ross – Championships Women’s Para 1x PR2

Caleb Antill w/ D. Bartholot – Championship Men’s Elite 2x

Anneka Reardon w/ L Coleman – Championship Women’s Elite Lightweight 2x

Alex Moylan and Sophie Jerapetritis with M Foley and E Mure – Championship Women’s Elite Lightweight 4x

Matthew Rickard and Alex Tomanovits – Championships Men’s U21 Lightweight 2x

Alex Perry-Dalton, Eliza Lilley, Claudia Bridgewater, Abbey Davis, Cox: Olivia Noonan – Championship School Girl 4+

Estella Robertson, Hannah Griffiths – Championship Women’s U17 2x

Hunter Jolly, Jake Schemen-Rogers, Hamish Roberts, Oliver Fox, Cox: Izzy Faris – Championship Schoolboy 4x+

Hunter Jolly, Jake Schemen-Rogers, Hamish Roberts, Oliver Fox – Championship Men’s U19 4x

Jesse Rosin and Darcy James – Championship Men’s U19 2x

Silver 🥈

Hannah Sampson, Chloe Miller – Championship School Girl 2x

Jesse Rosin – Championship Men’s U19 1x

Nikki Ayers – Championship Women’s PR3 1x

Nikki Ayers w/ H Nichols – Championship Mixed PR3 2x

Lucas Maclean, Cameron Schmidt, Ethan Murphy, Nicolaas Van Der Walt, Cox: Joshua Hayman – Championship Men’s U17 4x+

Harry Budd, Jamie Bjerregaard, Dylan Outram, Will Hawkins, Cox: Jack McDonald – Championship School Boy 4+

Alex Tomanovits – Championship Men’s U21 Lightweight 1x

Imogen Lang – Championship School Girl 1x

Cormac Hayes w/ N Blackman – Championship Men’s U23 2x

Hamish Harding – Championship Men’s Elite Lightweight 1x

Bronze 🥉

Caleb Antill – Championship Men’s Elite 1x

Sophie Jerapetritits w/ E Mure – Championship Women’s Elite Lightweight 2x

Elena Moran in the UTS Composite – Championship Women’s U21 4x

Bonnie Andrews, Catherine Khan, Taylor Caudle and Elora Kelly – Championship Women’s Elite 4x

Ash Watts, Grace Disney, Emily Walker, Sophie Murphy, Isabel King, Annie Bush, Maddie Beesley, Sophie Frost, Cox: Eliza Miller – Championships Women’s U17 8+

Samantha Burns, Alex Perry-Dalton, Abbey Davis, Eliza Lilley, Cox: Olivia Noonan – Championship School Girl 4x+

Cate Oliver, Holly Howard, Hannah Griffiths, Estella Robertson, Cox: Chameesha Dayajeewa – Championship Women’s U17 4x+

Harrison Braithwaite – Championship Men’s U16 1x

Hamish Gaden, Hamish Whithear – Championship Men’s U17 2x

ANU was the highest placed ACT club, finishing 8th on the Point score, ahead of Radford College at 16th. Well done to all who competed – it was great to see so many familiar faces in Sydney. Thanks to all the coaches, parents, and staff who made the trip up.