The UWA Boat Club's Newsletter
October 2016
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A Successful 2016 Campaign for UWABC

With the state pennant season, all schools season, inter varsity and international competitions now finished, UWABC has had strong performances across state, national and international levels of competition to confirm a successful and very busy 2016.

In the lead up to our state championship, our wonderful member, Imogen Blow created a "pump up video" showing a snapshot of UWABC in 2016. Its worth a watch! Found here:

Thank you to all those who attended the UWABC photo evening or who are sending in all their old UWABC photos in the lead up to our centenary. If you still manage to find any old UWABC photos we would love to get a copy, so please do get in touch with our President, Adam Feilding -

SAVE THE DATE: Our next alumni sundowner drinks will be held on Thursday November 24, 6pm to 8pm. We're busy trying to line up some special guest speakers, so stay tuned!

Warm regards,
Robert Duncan
Director of Administration

Upcoming Events

UWABC Annual Dinner
Friday 21st of October at the Pan Pacific Hotel. Past and present members are welcome - please contact Angus Hammond ( if you would like to attend.

Alumni Sundowner Drinks
Thursday 24th of November, 6pm to 8pm at the Boat Shed. After inviting your feedback on our Centenary Fundraising Appeal at the most recent event, we will be presenting the final campaign document at the November event. Please get in touch ( if you have anything further to add about how we should structure our fundraising campaign to secure the club's future.

We need your UWABC Photos!

To help fill the club's photo archive and to assist with the production of the club history, we are asking all past and present members to dig out and submit their old photos. If you have already contacted Adam Feilding, THANK YOU. If not please get in contact so we can get some of your old photos archived.

Rowing WA Awards Dinner

On Friday the 30th of September members of UWABC attended the Rowing WA Awards Dinner, where the achievements of all clubs were recognised. UWABC came away with the following awards:

2016 Club of the Year
A Grade Pennant
B Grade Pennant
C Grade Pennant
D Grade Pennant

Along with these awards, Bronwyn Cox was awarded the inaugural Rowing WA Age Oarswoman of the Year for her amazing season. The club would like to congratulate her on this well earned achievement! 
Rowing WA State Championships Wrap
On the 10th and 11th of September, UWABC  took part in the Rowing WA State Championships. In blustery conditions UWABC had a successful regatta taking away 21 of the 57 state championships on offer. UWABC were dominant across the B, C and D grade events. We would like to congratulate all our state champions!

UWABC won the following State Championship events:
Women's A Pair 
Men's B Four
Women's B Four
Men's B Quad 
Women's B Quad
Men's B Pair 
Men's C Eight
Women's C four
Men's C Quad 
Men's C Pair
Women's C Pair 
Men's C Double
Men's C Single 
Women's C Single 
Men's D Eight
Men's D Four
Women's D Quad
Women's D Double
Men's E Quad
Men's E Double
Men's E Single 

UWABC Inter varsity Competitions 

Curtin vs UWA Head to Head Race

With the Australian University Games held in Perth this year, UWA and Curtin universities competed against each other in an eights head race on the 19th of August from Elizabeth Quay to UWA (approx 3.5km). UWA, in dominant fashion, took away both the men's and women's races.

This event is the continuation of the VC Cup regatta but with a different format and was called a 'test event'. With the change in the way university sport is being run in WA, we're looking at alternate formats to reinvigorate intervarsity rowing. It was the first time we've started a race out of Elizabeth Quay and it was a fantastic spectacle.

Intervarsity rowing is a real growth area for the sport, so we're interested in seeing its prestige lifted, so keep an eye out for more intervarsity rowing events in 2017.


Australian University Games 

29 UWABC members took part in the AUG earlier this week. With some strong competition from universities from around Australia, UWA were victorious in the Men's Lightweight Four to retake the Fred Schonnell trophy (aka Sir Fred) and came away with a silver in the Women's Lighweight Quad and a bronze in the Womens Coxed Four. Full results can be found here:

UWABC on the International Stage!

James Kerr - James has just come back after competing in the Mens Lightweight Quad at the U23 World Championships in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.  Along with fellow West Australian Mitch Boros (from WARC) came in 3rd in the B final (9th overall out of a field of 14 crews). Congratulations to Jimmy and the rest of the crew on their first international regatta.

Bronwyn Cox - Bronwyn has had a extrememly successful year in international rowing. She has competing as a part of the U21 Women's Sweep Team in the Trans Tasman series against New Zealand. After two legs (first leg in Australian and Second leg in New Zealand), Bronnie was undefeated taking away the W2-, W4- and W8+ in both legs! An amazing achievement, watch out for this young woman, she's pretty quick!

Bree Kennedy-Smith - Bree competed along side Bronwyn in the first leg of the Trans Tasman Series taking out the W2-, W4- and W8+, an amazing effort. Unfortunately Bree was hampered by injury through the season and didn't take part in the second leg of the Trans Tasman Series in New Zealand.
James Kerr
UWABC have been running a Shenton College Rowing Program for the last couple of years. We have seen significant growth in the program over the last 4 years, which is in conjunction with the introduction of the Rowing WA All Schools championship. For the past two years Chris Morley has been coordinating the program and this is his season review. As a club we would like to thank Chris and his team of coaches for another successful year! 

Shenton College Rowing Program - All Schools Champions

Building on the success of last year, it was extremely exciting to win the All Schools Champions for the second year in a row. 

This year marked the first time the Shenton program had a full complement of age groups, with out original group of Year 9's now having reached Year 12. With 96 athletes it is one of the largest school rowing programs in the state!

The standard of rowing amoung the senior rowers has improved significantly. A number of the Year 12's have expressed enthusiasm about continuing to row in the UWABC open programs next year. In fact, some crews competed for the club in the State Championship Regatta.

The Year 10 rowers were highly competitive crews, giving the seniors quite a challenge during races, even placing ahead of the Year 12's in the open quad and eight races at the All Schools Championship. The year 10 rowers are a strong group, with plenty of drive to improve, supported by a dedicated group of coaches.

The year 9 rowers showed tremendous enthusiasm for the program, and their improvement throughout the season shows promise for future years.

There was a wonderful atmosphere around the whole program this year, and I am looking forward to seeing what Shenton can do next year!

Chris Morley
Shenton Rowing Coordinator. 
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