Update – Leichhardt Park Proposal

Update – Leichhardt Park Proposal

Balmain Para Rowing Program has made submissions to Inner West Council for the formation of a community facility at the edge of Leichhardt Park.  The proposal would create an additional access point to Iron Cove for visiting clubs, new open space and 'splash zones' for recreational passive water users, and (of course) fully accessible world-class facilities for rowers with disabilities, with no impact upon the Bay Run, no impact on resident's water views, an improvement to vegetation, and in a way which increases open space for all users of Leichhardt Park.  See our submissions here:    
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NSW Labor Commits to Callan Park, facilities for Program

NSW Labor Commits to Callan Park, facilities for Program

Yesterday, Elly Howse, the local NSW Labor Candidate for the seat of Balmain, visited the historic Callan Park in Leichhardt together with Labor leader Michael Daley to announce that NSW Labor would commit AU$10m towards the establishment of a Callan Park trust and the repair and revitalisation of the grounds. The news is particularly exciting for the Balmain Para-Rowing Program because, as part of the announcement, NSW Labor has committed to support the Balmain Para-Rowing program, including providing the program with facility access in Callan Park. As readers will be aware, Balmain Para-Rowing Program has been working tirelessly for over…
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Balmain Para-Rowing Athletes at the AIRC

Balmain Para-Rowing Athletes at the AIRC

A dozen Athletes from the Balmain Para Rowing Program travelled to Macquarie University on Sunday 28 October 2018 to compete at the 2018 Australian Indoor Rowing Championships - by the afternoon, they had made their mark with new personal bests, medals, and records! Sam Shalhoub, Stephen Lawler, Nikolai Olding, Kevin Wall, Stephanie Walker, Bronte Marshall, Tahli Hind and new rowers Nathan Diab and Phillip Nwosu competed in the challenge, which saw Kevin Wall take out the PR3 2000m in a 7:00.1 time, with Sam Shalhoub coming in second place with a 7:14.  New rower Philip took out third place, just…
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Christening and Training 2018

Christening and Training 2018

Wow - could we really fit anything more into one weekend?  Last weekend the Para Program raced 9 crews at the Spring Regatta, 'springing' into action with 24 premiership points at the first regatta of the season.  However, not wanting to rest on our laurels, we also ran a training camp and christened not one, but FOUR new boats for the program!   The Sky cleared just in time for the boats to be christened... Seven new para athletes took part in the training day, having been identified by Rowing NSW and the program at a recent 'try-out' day run by…
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Ruby Sutherland – Variety Heart Scholar

Ruby Sutherland – Variety Heart Scholar

Congratulations to Ruby Sutherland who has been selected as a Variety Heart Scholar for 2018! At 90 years old, Variety has been assisting thousands of children who live with disadvantage, disability or illness.  Variety provides scholarships to children with an existing talent living with disabilities, chronic illness or financial hardship to achieve their full potential and to follow their dreams.   As a para rower with potential in the sport, Ruby has attended the Rowing Australia trials for the national squad, and has competed for over 5 years.  With the help of Variety, Ruby will have the ability to obtain and…
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Congratulations Jack – our Emerging Athlete!

Congratulations Jack – our Emerging Athlete!

Jack training on the Lane Cove River Congratulations to Jack Calderan for being selected as an Emerging Athlete by the prestigious University of Technology, Sydney.  As an emerging athlete, Jack has been recognised as having strong potential by his University to progress his rowing career, and will be given valuable support and assistance to achieve his goals in the Sport. We are both delighted on Jack's behalf and also very thankful to the University of Technology, Sydney, for their belief in and support of Jack in his sporting endeavours!
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World Championships Wrap-Up – Congratulations Aussies!

World Championships Wrap-Up – Congratulations Aussies!

The 2018 Rowing World Championships were held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria between 9 and 16 September 2018, and this year saw the Balmain Para-Rowing Program's James Talbot compete in an historic two events in the PR3 category - the mixed coxed four, and a new coxless pair event, introduced into the program for the first time this year. James raced the pair with Torrens Rowing Club's Jed Altschwager, and in a very competitive field they obtained an incredibly strong result, coming home with the silver medal.  James, who raced with his School, SCEGGS Redlands prior to rowing with Balmain, partnered with…
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Wednesday Wonder – Glen Farrawell

Wednesday Wonder – Glen Farrawell

Celebrating An Amazing 40 Years of Service, Integrity, Courage and Mateship. I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by; And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking. And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.” The Chief                           We celebrate our rowers actions both on the course and events in their personal lives but behind each rower…
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END OF SEASON WRAP UP

END OF SEASON WRAP UP

The 2017-18 rowing season was a successful one for the Program. We began the season with the aim of building on our points success from last season while also building members and ensuring programming covered the goals of each athlete. Our coaching numbers have also increased and our fundraising has been spectacular and pleasing. It’s a healthy exercise to review the season and to see where we hit our set mark and where we fell short and then for the coming season to refocus and try and hit those missed marks and meet the new ones. THE SQUAD Numbers We…
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To HMAS ADELAIDE – Thanks!

To HMAS ADELAIDE – Thanks!

On Wednesday May 16, members of the squad received a guided tour of HMAS Adelaide and then had the pleasure of sharing lunch with Commanding Officer, Captain Jonathan Earley and the crew of the Adelaide. We were invited to assist the catering  crew with the preparation of an all crew BBQ before the Adelaide's RIMPAC deployment. Donning our aprons, gloves and very special navy NAVY caps we set to work following the instructions of Dougie, Alex and the other chefs. We must have done ok as the food vanished as quickly as the platters could be filled. Members of the…
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Monday Meet The Rower – Stephen Lawler

Monday Meet The Rower – Stephen Lawler

Stephen approached the Australian Paralympic Committee to inquire about an appropriate rowing club that specialised in working with physically diverse athletes so he could follow his dream of learning to row with the aim of getting to selection in the near future. Stephen called and we were delighted to say come on down ! He joined the program in 2018 following this inquiry and we have been thrilled by his dedication and quick learning. His weekly training is impressive with him  on the water four times a week followed by  a minimum of two gym sessions. He’s moving well, learning quickly…
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To the Primary Club of Australia – THANK YOU!

To the Primary Club of Australia – THANK YOU!

The Balmain Para-Rowing Program is both delighted and humbled to be able to announce the generous donation received by the Primary Club of Australia of funds for the purchase of our first racing para double / pair! The Primary Club of Australia Who are the Primary Club of Australia, you say?  Well - the Primary Club of Australia is registered charity founded in 1974.  The fundamental aim of The Primary Club of Australia is to give people with disabilities the opportunity to experience the joy and exhilaration that comes from any form of physical activity. Money is raised via a number of…
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Sunday Thanks – To A Donor

Sunday Thanks – To A Donor

“...heroes are sometimes the most ordinary -seeming people. It reminds us that as ordinary as we might be, we can, if we choose, take the harder road, walk forth bravely under the indifferent stars. We can hazard the ravages of chance. We can choose to endure what seems unendurable, and thereby open up the possibility of prevailing…” Daniel James Brown.   We have many rowers in our program and each of them is committed to bettering their technique, building their physical power and developing good crew work. Never has there been a member who hasn’t enjoyed their time on the…
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Nationals Wrap-Up – Success for our Rowers!

Nationals Wrap-Up – Success for our Rowers!

In the final wrap-up from the 2018 Sydney International Rowing Regatta, the Balmain Para-Rowing Program has had a very successful week, with James Talbot and Ruby Sutherland both bringing home medals for the program. James Talbot did extremely well to bring home a gold in a composite PR3 4+ together with Kate Murdoch (Nepean), Nikki Ayers (ANU), Ben Gibson (Sydney), and Renae Domaschenz (cox) (ANU), as well as a silver in the PR3 2x with Nikki Ayers, and two Bronze medals, in the PR3 1x and in the Interstate PR3 1x respectively. Ruby received a wonderful opportunity to row with…
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