[BREAKING NEWS] NSW Labor Commits to Protect Callan Park, facilities for Balmain Para-Rowing Program

[BREAKING NEWS] NSW Labor Commits to Protect Callan Park, facilities for Balmain Para-Rowing Program

Events, Updates
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 a decade to locate a suitable facility to maximize the opportunity for persons with disabilities and vulnerable members of the community to access the beautiful Sydney Harbour and the sport…
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END OF SEASON WRAP UP

END OF SEASON WRAP UP

coaching, Events, presentations, Sunday Thanks, Updates
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. [caption id="attachment_978" align="alignleft" width="225"] Ruby Sutherland with her Union of Rowers Youth Development Scholarship[/caption] THE SQUAD Numbers We have over 23 current members and of those there are 15 actively rowing and preparing for…
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To the Primary Club of Australia – THANK YOU!

To the Primary Club of Australia – THANK YOU!

Sunday Thanks, Updates
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 [caption id="attachment_927" align="alignleft" width="214"] The Primary Club Logo - depicting a cricket 'golden duck'[/caption] 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 social events for their members and guests as well as members paying “fines” (as an optional…
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Nationals Wrap-Up – Success for our Rowers!

Nationals Wrap-Up – Success for our Rowers!

Updates
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. [caption id="attachment_903" width="300" align="alignright"] James Talbot on the Podium with Mac Russell (Qld) and Jed Altschwager (SA)[/caption] 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 a strong University of Tasmania crew in the PR3 4+, and achieved a…
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[National Champs Update] Bronze for James Talbot and Strong Row from Eoghan!

[National Champs Update] Bronze for James Talbot and Strong Row from Eoghan!

Events, Updates
A huge congratulations to James Talbot for securing a Bronze medal in the PR3 Men’s 1x earlier this afternoon! James had a hard-fought race to secure a podium finish close behind Mac Russell (Qld) and Jed Altschwager (SA) to put BRC onto the medal count in the 2018 Champs. James rowed hard and fought back from a slightly slower start to row through the fourth-placed Sydney RC Sculler Ben Gibson – after 1500m only 0.15 seconds separated the two scullers, with James eventually finishing 8.71 seconds ahead. James will be racing tomorrow in the PR3 Mixed double with partner Nikki Ayers, who also finished 3rd in her own PR3 W1x race moments ago, before racing in a composite PR3 4+, sprints PR3 1x and as NSW’s representative at the Interstate…
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Ruby Does It !!!!

Ruby Does It !!!!

Updates
Congratulations RUBY SUTHERLAND on winning the Schoolgirl Head Of The River Para 1x on Saturday at the Sydney International Regatta Centre. Ruby raced for PLC Croydon but did all her training under the watchful eyes of her coaches at the Balmain Para Program. Ruby trained hard for this race and for the last few months spent early mornings on the river before school and when the weather stopped that on-water work she happily jumped on the erg and worked intensely.  Her training was aimed at having Ruby at her peak for the race and at her peak she was. Her hard work, dedication and intense training regime paid off and not only did she win but did so bettering her PB by 23 seconds. The raceplan was simple and Ruby…
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Wednesday words of Wisdom – Racing on an even playing field

Wednesday words of Wisdom – Racing on an even playing field

Updates, Wednesday Words Of Wisdom
We asked ourselves when we first started the program why it is that PR2 and PR1 para athletes are seemingly discriminated against by being made to row heavy wide hulled boats that lack the ability to run, that provide no moment where the skill and technique of that rower is given the opportunity to shine at competition. We investigated what was behind the heavy hulls. Was it a terrible accident that occurred during training or competition where a PR2 or PR1 para rower was further injured or was it that the thinner lighter hulled boats caused more physical discomfort. We found no such thing, in fact we found the complete opposite. Peter Taylor, an AS or the new PR1 Australian para athlete flew down the course in a standard single…
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Tuesday-Tip: How to tie down a boat

Tuesday-Tip: How to tie down a boat

coaching, Updates, website
Once you've been involved in rowing for long enough, you start to pick up your own particular ways of taking care of your equipment.  Whether it is how you wash and clean your hull, when to replace your fasteners, or where you put your oars on the pontoon, everyone has their own opinions and their own particular ways. Tying boats down to racks, and on trailers, is one of the most important parts of safely transporting equipment.  Do it right and you'll have a stress-free drive, but if you tie down a boat too tightly, you can crack the shell and be up for a hefty repair bill (not to mention forgetting to tie down a boat, or using poor-quality equipment which then fails in transit - think of flying…
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University 2 Beyond with Tahli Hind

University 2 Beyond with Tahli Hind

Events, Updates
This morning, Para-Athlete and member of the Balmain Para-Rowing Program Tahli Hind shared her experiences of attending university as members of the the "University 2 Beyond" program, together with fellow alumni Chris Bunton on Radio National with presenters Amanda Smith and Michael Mackenzie. You can listen to the podcast here! The University 2 Beyond Program is run by the University of Sydney together with the Centre for Disability Studies, led by Professor Patricia O'Brien as the program's director. The program is immensely proud of Tahli in both being part of this program and in sharing her experiences to help promote awareness for the program and its wonderful outcomes for its participants. Uni 2 Beyond Uni 2 beyond, formerly known as the Inclusive Education Program, is an innovative and award-winning initiative that supports people…
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Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday

Updates
2013, a dim memory for some but for us the first challenge to show there were many Australian Para-Rowers that could not only take on the world but win the fight. This was our first step......... "2013: It has been several years since an Australian LTA crew competed internationally. More importantly no Australian LTA crew has ever competed in the prestigious Head of the Charles. It is time to change that. The enthusiasm and dedication of a small group of LTA rowers across the country in various Club and State regattas has created a desire for something more. The 2013 LTA Head of the Charles Challenge is the result. This project gives LTA rowers the opportunity to compete at an international regatta, taking their rowing to the next level. Rowing has…
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Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017

Updates
[caption id="attachment_710" align="alignleft" width="124"] Chrissy sparkle[/caption] The best way to celebrate the end of a hard year and the worry of whether Santa Claus will drop those dreaded coal bricks or sparkling diamonds down one's chimney is to have a jolly good knees up where all worries are cast aside and drowned in a sea of bubbles and friends. Thanks to Meg, planner extraordinaire, we had a fantastic night of fun, food and friends with over 36 of our squad, family members and friends rocking up to the Three Weeds, a fully disabled-compliant watering hole in the heart of Balmain. Thanks Three Weeds for being up to date and aware that not everyone can access stairs; that inclusion means all have the same ability to enjoy a night out and…
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Back To Balmain Day

Back To Balmain Day

Events, Updates
Back to Balmain is an annual celebration of the local community with music, a sausage sizzle, local history and memorabilia. Back To Balmain is held on the last weekend of October and this year the weather remained smiling all day. It was great to meet some of the long time locals who talked to us about the club and passed on some valuable history for us. A special welcome was given to the  new Mayor, Darcy Byrne, of the new Inner West Council as he opened the proceedings and gave a short history of the day. This year the Para Squad joined with the Open Men's Squad to run the sausage sizzle and cake stall. The support from all members of the two squads was commendable. The Erg Challenge, run by…
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Balmain Para Rowing does it again – Rowing Australia’s Train For Tokyo

Balmain Para Rowing does it again – Rowing Australia’s Train For Tokyo

Updates
Congratulations James Talbot, selected for the Train For Tokyo week camp and Rowing Australia 8+ for the Head of the Yarra. [caption id="attachment_608" align="alignright" width="225"] James and Kevin after winning the 2017 Australian National Para Double Championship[/caption] The first step on the road to Tokyo, the first Balmain Para athlete but definitely more will join James by 2020!
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Our Waltzing Matilda!

Our Waltzing Matilda!

Updates
Sorry you have not heard from us over the last fortnight, but no, we didn't forget to post over the last two weeks, we were waiting for the finals at the World DragonBoat Championships some could share the results. Why? Our last featured member, Matilda, was competing! [caption id="attachment_564" align="alignright" width="300"] Matilda with the Zodiacs[/caption] This is Matilda's sixth year of competing for Sydney Zodiacs and it's her second campaign for the Australian Junior Auroras at the International Dragon Boat Federation championships, her first was 2015 to Canada as an Under 16. She came home from Canada covered in gold. Moving forward to 2017 as an under 18 Matilda has just competed in Divonne-les-Barnes where she was honoured by being selected as the indigenous flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony. [caption…
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On Disability and Inclusion in Sport

On Disability and Inclusion in Sport

coaching, Updates
Senator Hanson's much publicized comments regarding children with disabilities at schools revealed an unhealthy, but unfortunately not uncommon level of ignorance as to the mutual benefits of a policy of inclusion.  As to the benefits of such a policy? We should know - it's what we do. (more…)
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