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Congratulations to the ACT School Boy and School Girl Crews who competed in the Rowing Australia Pathways Competition over Sunday the 1st and Monday the 2nd of May.

Both Crews represented their state and schools with pride, with the School Boy eight making the A Final on Monday.

ACT’s Rebecca Jones on the podium. Copyright Rowing ACT/Sarah Davoren

The ACT had a huge contingent of clubs, schools, athletes, coaches and supporters make their way down to Nagambie for the 2022 Australian Rowing Championships.
Athletes from ANU Boat Club Canberra Grammar School Canberra Rowing Club Canberra Girls Grammar School Marist College Canberra Radford Sport Daramalan College and Orana Steiner School competed across the week of the 28th of March through till the 3rd of April.
Congratulations to ANU Boat Club who were 5th on the medal tally at the end of the week and to all our medal winners.

Nikki Greenland in the Women’s Interstate Single. Copyright Rowing ACT/Sarah Davoren

Interstate Results:
Nick Neales – Men’s PR3 Interstate Single 🥇 Gold

Rebecca Jones – Women’s PR3 Interstate Single 🥉 Bronze

Caleb Antill – Men’s Interstate Single 🥈 Silver

Nikki Greenland – Women’s Interstate Single – Fourth

Damien Schroder, Rafael Priest, Ethan Toscan, Hamish Roberts, Jake Scheman-Roberts, Will Gregory, Cormac Hayes, Chris Bush, Cox: Ben Heatley – Men’s Youth Eight – 6th

Elisabeth Gregory, Paloma Padovan, Emily McHugh, Olenka Moran, Imogen Lang, Madeline Vagg, Bridget Kelleher-Cole, Lauren Goldie, Cox: Cate Barr – Women’s Youth Eight – 7th

Caleb Antill in the Men’s Interstate Single. Copyright Rowing ACT/Sarah Davoren

🥇Gold Medals🥇
Madeline Vagg – Sydney University – U21 Women’s Single

Cormac Hayes – Canberra Rowing Club – U21 Men’s Single

Caitlin McManus-Barrett (with I Scammell) – Sydney Rowing Club – U21 Women’s Pair

Nick Neales – ANU Boat Club – PR3 Men’s Single

Caitlin McManus-Barrett (Composite Crew) – Sydney Rowing Club – U21 Women’s Coxed Four

Kat Ross – ANU Boat Club – PR2 Women’s Single

Nick Neales (with J Talbot) – ANU Boat Club – Pr3 Men’s Pair

Anneka Reardon and Sophie Jerapetritis – ANU Boat Club – Open Women’s Lightweight Double Scull

Hamish Harding (with R Matthews) – ANU Boat Club – Open Men’s Double Scull

Zoe Bond (Composite Crew) – CGS – U19 Women’s Quad Scull

Caitlin McManus-Barrett (composite crew) – Sydney Rowing Club – U21 Women’s Quad Scull

Kat Ross (with S Albury) – ANU Boat Club – Mixed PR2 Double Scull

Caleb Antill (composite crew) – ANU Boat Club – Open Men’s Quad Scull

Rebecca Jones – ANU Boat Club – PR3 Women’s Single Scull SprintNick Neales (composite crew) – PR3 Mixed Coxed Four

Women’s Youth Eight. Copyright Rowing ACT/Sarah Davoren

🥈 Silver Medals 🥈
Caleb Antill – ANU Boat Club – Open Men’s Single Scull

Anneka Reardon – ANU Boat Club – Open Women’s Lightweight Single Scull

Hamish Harding – ANU Boat Club – Open Men’s Lightweight Single Scull

Zoe Bond (With T Knoke-Driver) – Canberra Grammar School – U19 Women’s Double Scull

Cormac Hayes (with A Rossi) – Canberra Rowing Club – U21 Men’s Double Scull

Alex Moylan (composite crew) – ANU Boat Club – U23 Lightweight Women’s Quad Scull

Cormac Hayes (composite crew) – Canberra Rowing Club – U23 Men’s Quad Scull

Alex Moylan, Anneka Reardon, Sophie Jerapetritis (with E Mure) – ANU Boat Club – Open Women’s Quad Scull

Edward Wilkins, Max Meyer, Luca Hehir and Lucas Hempton – ANU Boat Club – University Men’s Quad Scull Sprint

Ethan Toscan (composite crew) – Canberra Rowing Club – U23 Lightweight Men’s Four

Men’s Youth Eight across the finish line. Copyright Rowing ACT/Sarah Davoren

🥉 Bronze Medals 🥉
Olenka Moran – ANU Boat Club – U19 Women’s Single Scull

Sophie Jerapetritis – ANU Boat Club – Open Women’s LIghtweight Single Scull

Rebecca Jones – ANU Boat Club – PR3 Women’s Single Scull

Olenka Moran and Imogen Lang – ANU Boat Club and Canberra Rowing Club – U19 Women’s Double Scull

Alex Moylan (with M Foley) – ANU Boat Club – U23 Lightweight Women’s Double Scull

Chris Bush, Jake Scheman-Rogers, Hamish Roberts and Will Gregory – Radford College – U19 Men’s Quad Scull

Madeline Vagg (composite crew) – Sydney University – U21 Women’s Quad Scull

Connor Jacopino, Campbell Kruger, Hunter Jolly, Oliver Fox and cox: Issy Faris – Radford College – Schoolboy Coxed Quad Scull Sprint

Catherine Khan and Dearne Grant – ANU Boat Club – Club Women’s Double Scull

Chris Bush, Jake Scheman-Rogers, Hamish Roberts, Will Gregory with cox: Ben Heatley – Schoolboy Coxed Quad Scull

Rebecca Jones (composite crew) – ANU Boat Club – PR3 Mixed Coxed Four

Nick Neales after winning the Interstate PR3 Men’s Single Scull. Photo Copyright to Rowing Australia/Delly Carr

A temporary artwork featuring a floating car on a black pontoon has been installed on Lake Burley Griffin in Central Basin. This will be in position from March till August 2022 as part of a National Gallery of Australia exhibition.

The artwork will be surrounded by yellow safety buoys, with flashing lights, however all clubs and schools need to be on the lookout for the piece.

Floating Car and Pontoon in Central Basin facing Kings Avenue Bridge

See the map below for positioning. The red dot is the location of the artwork, with safety buoys to be positioned around the floating pontoon.

Red Dot indicates the positioning of the piece

Luke Letcher has announced his retirement from International Rowing today.

Luke has been a representative of Australia and the ACT across a number of levels for many years since starting his rowing career at Radford College’s rowing program. A member of the Black Mountain Rowing Club, his career has been one to remember. Capped off by a bronze medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and being named the 776BC Rowers Rower at this years Australian Rowing Awards, Luke has done us very proud.

Luke Letcher at the 2022 Australian Rowing Team Awards after receiving the Rowers Rower Award

With an impressive rowing career, some of Luke’s highlights include a bronze medal for the ACT in the Interstate Single at the 2021 Australian Rowing Championships, many individual and crew boat medals across schoolboy, underage and senior national races, multiple selections in the Australian Junior, U23’s and Senior Rowing Teams, Gold at the 2016 U23 World Cup in the Quadruple Sculls, and a Bronze Medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the Quad Sculls, alongside fellow Canberran Caleb Antill, Jack Cleary and Cameron Girdlestone.

Luke (far R) with his fellow Tokyo Quad Scull crew members (from L) Jack Cleary, Caleb Antill and Cameron Girdlestone

Rowing ACT President Alison Creagh said of Luke’s retirement:

“Luke started his international rowing journey in Canberra as a schoolboy. We are immensely proud of his local, national and international achievements, and I’m sure all in our community congratulate Luke as he retires from international rowing.

I’d also like to recognise the support of Luke’s parents, Vicki and Graham, and his coaches over the years who have contributed to his successes.

We are proud and appreciative of Luke’s long contribution to the Rowing ACT community, and we look forward to him continued support as a coach, mentor and board member of Rowing ACT”

Luke (R) with Cameron Girdlestone and Alexander Hill after the Interstate Single’s Race 2021

Congratulations on your retirement Luke and good luck with your future endevours.

Rowing ACT has elected to reopen nominations for the Masters Men’s and Women’s Interstate Eights as advertised on social media.

With the announcement of the move of the 2022 Australian Masters Rowing Championships from Western Australia to Ballarat, Rowing ACT is looking to see if it is possible to boat a Men’s and Women’s eight in addition to already selected crews.

Currently there are 7 nominees for the men’s eight, 4 nominees for the women’s eight and 1 nominee for coxswains. If you there is anyone within your club who would be interested in nominating for these crews or have any questions about nominating, please ask them to email Sarah via

Nominations will remain open until Friday the 11th of March.

The selection policy can be found here:

Rowing ACT has selected the following crews to represent the ACT in the Interstate Regatta at the 2022 Australian Rowing Championships.

Congratulations to all selected and well done to all who participated in the selection process for the crews.

Bicentennial Trophy – Women’s U21 8+

Zoe Bond

Madeline Vagg

Olenka Moran

Lauren Goldie

Elisabeth Gregory

Imogen Lang

Emily McHugh

Paloma Padovan

Cox: Cate Barr


Bridget Kelleher-Cole

Penelope Robson

Pippa Gray

Reserve Cox: Catherine Hardman

Coach: Caroline Pijpers 

Wilkinson Cup – Men’s U21 8+

Cormac Hayes

Will Gregory

Rafael Priest

Hamish Roberts

Jake Schemen-Roger

Chris Bush

Ethan Toscan

Jesse Rosin

Cox: Ben Heatley


Damien Schroder 

Jamie Bjerregaard

Kai Martin

Reserve Cox: Catherine Hardman

Coach: Luke Letcher

Coach: Mark Kwiatkowski

Coach: Dave Fraumano

Neil Slatter Trophy – Women’s 1x

Cara Grzeskowiak

Presidents Cup – Men’s 1x

Caleb Antill

Coach: Nigel Harding

PR3 M1x

Nicholas Neales

Coach: Dave Fraumano

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.

Nominations for the 2022 Youth Crews to compete at the Interstate Regatta, and the Pathways VIII’s to compete at the U19 National Team Trials are now open. Nominations will close on Thursday the 27th of February 2022. Any questions should be sent to Head Coach Dave Fraumano at

All nominees should read the Interstate Selection Policies and Process before nominating to ensure they are aware of all necessary requirements.

2022 ACT Interstate, Youth Team and Pathways Selection Processes

ACT State Team, Youth Team and Pathways Selection Policy

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 an hour.  You may wish to bring chairs and snacks and stay awhile to enjoy the venue.


Please observe all COVID rules for your safety and the safety of others. Physical distancing is important and if you feel ill please do not come. The guidelines indicate face masks are required when in close proximity to others and attendance will be logged.

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 recognition of his long service to rowing, he was awarded the Cliff Hill Shield in 2021.

Rodney proudly displaying the Cliff Hill Shield

Rodney was a cheerful presence in the community and was always ready to help. This generosity of spirit extended to soccer. He had played at a high level and refereed for decades.

Rodney had a wide circle of friends and he influenced many lives. He will be missed.