The UWA Boat Club's email newsletter:
March 2016
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Welcome to Season 2016!

With the first regatta of the 2016 season less than three weeks away, it's time to update you all on what has been happening down at the shed.

We've had crews rowing interstate and we currently have crews in Penrith for the Nationals. We've done a big recruitment drive to kick off the season, and a certain Life Member was awarded an Order of Australia Medal.

As always it would be great to see you at one of our upcoming events, or if you'd like to come back down for a paddle, get in touch with the Captain, Karlie Payne -

Warm regards,
Robert Duncan
Director of Administration

Upcoming Events

  • 2016 Kings and Queens Interstate Regatta Viewing
    Sunday 20th March from 11am at the Boat Club (BYO Drinks)
  • Guildford Head Race
    Sunday April 3, the first race of the season!
  • UWABC Alumni Function
    Make sure you keep an eye out for the next upcoming Alumni Function. More info coming soon

2016 Nationals Campaign Update

Fourteen UWABC athletes are getting ready for the 2016 Australian National Championships. The regatta runs from the 14th of March through to 20th of March. After a long summer training period the club has a very competitive squad heading over to Penrith.

Twelve UWABC athletes will be representing the state at the Kings and Queens Cup Interstate Regatta from 11am on Sunday 20th of March (Its being live streamed on the Rowing Australia Website (or on the big screen at the UWA Boat Club). The full list of State WA Crews can be found here:!wa-state-teams/c1j47
The UWABC Athletes and coaches heading over to the National Championships are:

Holly Child
Bronwyn Cox
Bree Kennedy-Smith
James Kerr
Pascale Ketelaar
Caitlin MacPhail
Max Montanari
Maria Othzen
Fraser Pensini
Gavin Pensini
Maia Simmonds
India Warren-Hicks
Timothy Widdicombe
Thomas Horton (Coach)

The whole UWABC family wishes them the best of luck in Sydney! Make sure you follow their journey through their Nationals Campaign daily blog here:

Top: UWABC members who will be representing the state, pictured with UWABC Alumni Craig James and David Bean. Bottom left: Tim Widdicombe & Maia Simmonds taking on WARC athlete Matt Cochran in training. Bottom right: UWABC "Noodle Squad" training on the Canning River

Craig James OAM 

On Australia Day 2016, UWA Boat Club Life Member Craig James received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his long time service to Sport and Rowing in WA.

Craig is a current Director on the Rowing WA board and was President of Rowing WA for many years. He joined UWABC in 1969 and has held the titles of President, Secretary and Captain of the club.

A Life Member of both Rowing WA and UWABC, Craig is the Council Member for Western Australia on the Rowing Australia Council and was a Boat Race Official at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

In addition to his services to rowing, Craig has been Deputy President of Western Australia Sports Federation (1995-2008) and received the John Graham Award for Exceptional Service, Department of Sport and Recreation Western Australia in 2011.

The Boat Club sincerely congratulates Craig for this well-deserved honour.

Full story here:

UWABC at the Head of the Yarra 2015

On the 24th of November 2015, past and present UWABC members took part in the Australian Rowing Classic: The Head of the Yarra.

A composite Masters D grade Eight consisting of Rowing WA masters and UWABC members Andrew Brown and Alex Harrison (stroke) came 6th (out of 21 crews).

Another crew consisting of past UWABC members rowed in the G grade Masters division (aged 60-70 years old). They were the fastest G grade Men’s Masters crew, placing 5th out of 14 combined F&G grade crews. The crew consisted of: Cox  Helen Mc Manamny, Stroke Patrick Dawkins, 7  Steve Kennedy, 6 Chris Davis, 5 Simon Dawkins, 4 John Sheldrick, 3 Tom Atkinson, 2 Dick Sudlow and Bow Tom Langley.

Finally UWABC member Hugh Cook, aged 85, competed with “The Ancient Mariners” crew.

The Club would like to congratulate all the UWABC members who completed in this prestigious race!
Left: Masters G Grade Eight. Right: Rowing WA Mixed Masters D Grade Eight

2016 Season Opener 

On Friday the 26th of February the Boat Club took part in the UWA O Day to officially kick start our recruitment drive for the 2016 season!

The day was very successful with a total of 130 people signing up! The following Sunday we hosted our Season Opener for all the new recruits which was also successful and shows that club will have great numbers coming into the new season.

If you’re interested in coming back to row for 2016, please contact for training details.

Matilda the Matilda Bay Shark

In the last week Matilda Bay has become the home of a new (but small) sandbar shark!

So if you’re coming down for an early morning paddles keep a close eye on your toes! For daily updates check out Matilda the Matilda Bay Shark's Facebook page: 

Full story:  

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