The UWA Boat Club's Newsletter
February 2018
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Looking Back On 2017

Welcome Boat Club members and friends to the 2018 season.

As we gear up for another busy year, I thought we might take a look back at the year that was.

In the 2017 Rowing WA Pennant Season, UWABC retained the C and D grade pennants, and was awarded Club of the Year for the third year in a row. Imogen Blow has put together a video snapshot of the season.

UWABC delivered another successful year of the Shenton College rowing program, with Shenton winning the All Schools Championship for the third year in a row. Congratulations and thank you to Chris Morley and everyone involved in delivering this program.

After reviewing our high-performance capacity and rejuvenating our partnership with UWA (see below), UWABC was recognised as a Rowing WA Pathway Partner Club. The Rowing WA Pathways 2020 program exists to develop WA rowing talent to achieve national selection. UWABC is very happy to again be recognised as a part of this high-performance pathway.

James Kerr represented Australia in the lightweight men’s quad scull at the World Championships in Florida, USA.

Bronwyn Cox represented Australia in the women’s pair at the U23 World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

UWABC was once again represented strongly at interstate and international regattas:

  • World Rowing Championships, Florida, USA

  • World U23 Rowing Championships, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

  • World Masters Rowing Championships, Bled, Slovenia

  • World Masters Games, Auckland, New Zealand

  • Australian Rowing Championships, Penrith, NSW

  • Australian Universities Rowing Championships, Wyaralong Dam, QLD

  • Australian Masters Rowing Championships, Nagambie, VIC

  • Head of the Yarra, Melbourne, VIC

We purchased a new Sykes coxless four and named it the “Jessica Huston”.

Jim Wieland is more than 20 months into the enormous task of compiling and writing the club’s 100 year history. You can support this project by a) contributing material and photos; and b) becoming a subscriber - see below.

Event and fundraising planning for our Centenary in 2019 is in full swing with a planning meeting held in November. If you would like to contribute towards the event planning, update your contact details, or you are able to contact and bring together other past members, please contact Karlie Payne, Vice President of Alumni Relations, at

We hope to see you back down at the shed in the near future, whether it be for pre-season training, masters rowing or the next alumni event.

Here’s to a successful 2018 season!

Adam Feilding
UWABC President

James Kerr

100 Year History Book - The Final Stretch

As everyone should be aware, Jim Wieland is currently researching and writing the club's 100-year history. The book is scheduled for publication in 2019, our centenary year. Jim has been tirelessly researching and working on this project for over 20 months now.

He is nearing the final stretch but is still in need of material from the period post-2000. Unfortunately, it seems that once records went digital, they became easier to misplace.

Jim is currently writing the final manuscript and it will not be long before it is sent off for typesetting. Therefore now is very nearly your last chance to get your stories and photos in the book!

Please contact Jim directly at, or email to arrange bulk upload of materials to Dropbox or Google Drive.

History Book Subscriptions

We are calling for Subscribers to help bring our 100-year history book to fruition!

By becoming a ‘Subscriber’ you will:

  • Receive a copy of the completed history in 2019.

  • Contribute to bringing this project to fruition.

  • Have your name recorded on the list of subscribers in the book.

Subscription cost: $200

Books will be available for collection at the book launch event in 2019, or can be posted at cost.

Become a subscriber now: 

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Naming the Jessica Huston

In 2017 the club purchased a brand new Sykes mould 422 coxless four. Built for an average crew weight of 70kg, the boat will relieve the David Dennis as the club's top lightweight four and will be rowed by both men and women.

We named the boat the 'Jessica Huston', in recognition of Jess's rowing performances in the early 2000's where she represented Australia, Western Australia and was UWABC's Oarswoman of the Year on multiple occasions.

There was a fantastic turnout to the naming ceremony, including Jess's grandfather and former UWABC Captain, Jim Paton.

Pathways 2020


UWABC now a Pathway Partner Club

In 2017 UWABC was recognised as a Rowing WA Pathway Partner Club as part of the Pathways 2020 program. 

This program exists to coordinate the efforts of WA rowing clubs to develop local high performance rowing talent. The ultimate aim is to achieve selection of Western Australian athletes on national teams.

By being recognised as one of the clubs in this program, UWABC coaches will work with WAIS and Rowing WA to monitor and develop UWABC athletes. 

New UWABC Training Annexe At Canning Bridge

UWABC has leased a bay at Canning Bridge to provide a summer training venue to athletes preparing for the National Championships.

During the summer months, the prevailing easterly wind makes training out of Matilda Bay difficult. This alternate venue will enable our athletes to train uninterrupted throughout summer in the lead-up to the National Championships in March/April each year.

Training at Canning Bridge has the added benefit of giving UWABC athletes exposure to athletes and coaches from other clubs and programs.

Alexandra Needoba staying safe during the fit out of our Canning Bridge annexe.

Rejuvenating The UWA Connection


UWA Sport

The Boat Club has been working to develop its relationship with UWA Sport, the new body that was formed in 2015 to administer sport at UWA.

In a new spirit of cooperation, UWA Sport is providing the club with:

  • Full gym access for our high-performance athletes at nominal cost to the club.

  • A dedicated ergo training space.

  • Access to poor weather training facilities.

We are excited by the potential that this relationship offers and look forward to working with UWA Sport for the further progression of rowing at UWA.

UWA Sport Science

UWA Sport Science supported the club’s Pathways application by offering access to their expertise in strength and conditioning coaching, athlete testing, functional movement & injury screening and injury management.

In addition to this, through their student workplace training program, practicum student Louis Timms provided strength and conditioning coaching to UWABC athletes in 2017. Louis worked with club rowers at all levels to improve technique and strength in preparation for racing. Thank you Louis for a professional and well-received program.

Access to these world class sport science facilities will be enormously beneficial to the club’s high performance program.

Rowing WA Awards Dinner

In October, members of UWABC attended the Rowing WA Awards Dinner, where the achievements of all clubs were recognised. UWABC came away with the following awards:

2017 Club of the Year
C Grade Pennant
D Grade Pennant

Along with these awards, Bronwyn Cox was jointly awarded the Rowing WA Oarswoman of the Year with Annabelle McIntyre from Fremantle Rowing Club for their amazing international season. The club would like to congratulate her on this well-earned achievement!

Rowing WA State Championships Wrap
On the 16th and 17th of September, UWABC competed in the Rowing WA State Championships, WA’s premier rowing event. In fair conditions, UWABC had a successful regatta winning 16 state championships. UWABC were dominant across the B, C and D grade events indicating the enormous potential of both our new novices and open squad members. We would like to congratulate all our state champions!

UWABC won the following State Championship events:

Men’s B Grade Coxless Quad

Men’s B Grade Double

Men’s B Grade Single Scull

Men’s C Grade Coxed Eight

Men’s C Grade Coxless Four

Men’s C Grade Coxless Pair

Men’s D Grade Coxed Eight

Men’s D Grade Coxed Four

Men’s D Grade Coxed Quad

Women’s B Grade Coxless Quad

Women’s B Grade Single Scull

Women’s C Grade Coxless Quad

Women’s C Grade Coxless Pair

Women’s C Grade Double

Women’s D Grade Double

Women’s E Grade Double

UWABC at Australian Universities Rowing Championships

9 UWABC members took part in the Intervarsity rowing competition at Lake Wyaralong, Queensland in September 2017. With some fast competition from universities from around Australia, UWA finished with a close silver in the Men's Lightweight Four against a strong team from the University of Technology, Sydney. Full results can be found here:

Shenton College - All Schools Champions

From Chris Morley, Shenton College Rowing Coordinator:

Another great year for the Shenton College rowing program with the athletes taking the mantle of All Schools Champions for the third year in a row!

While we had a slightly smaller program from last year, the kids’ enthusiasm showed through with their efforts resulting in a larger margin at the championships than ever before.

Moving on from the final regatta we also saw year 11 students competing at the State championships assisting in the success of several state titles. We now have four girls training with their eyes set on the 2018 Australian National Championships.

I want to congratulate all of the Shenton Rowers this year and I wish them the absolute best in the years to come.

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