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 HMAS ADELAIDE – Thanks!

To HMAS ADELAIDE – Thanks!

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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 crew showed their support for our program by raising $1,000 over the course of their lunch break. On our arrival at Garden Island, we were met by Commander Christopher Searle…
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Monday Meet The Rower – Stephen Lawler

Monday Meet The Rower – Stephen Lawler

Monday Meet-The-Rower
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 and preparations are on foot for next season’s racing. [caption id="attachment_939" align="alignright" width="300"] Rowing just off White Horse Point[/caption] Stephen is an amazing music producer and is known internationally for…
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Sunday Thanks – To A Donor

Sunday Thanks – To A Donor

Sunday Thanks
“...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 water nor chosen to improve that enjoyment by hard work.  Every member has always been enthused by the others to push their boundaries and to strive to reach the best…
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Rachel Johnson

Rachel Johnson

Monday Meet-The-Rower
Some of our squad come via a friend's recommendation; others come to rowing knowing of the challenge, joy, calm and wanting to try for themselves what their friends or relatives have been able and continue to experience. Rachel has had a long connection with rowing, but never had she been in a boat. In her own words: " For the past six years I have been a keen spectator of my son's rowing prowess. Those school boys made it look so effortless and they were enjoying themselves too! I wanted to join in! Reality took hold, I left school 33 years ago and I had suffered a brain anueysm five years ago. During the 15 hour brain operation I suffered a stroke. After months in rehab, I learnt to walk…
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Sam Shalhoub – Rower On The Rise

Sam Shalhoub – Rower On The Rise

Monday Meet-The-Rower
  Sam works as a Masseur and specialises in working with elite athletes. One of those athletes was an Australian Olympic rower and after discussing the sport with that rower Sam was motivated to try rowing himself. Given his visual impairment he knew he would qualify and the one thing Sam has maintained throughout his life is a level of fitness already pushing at what one would expect in terms of fitness if that person was at the elite level of their sport. He joined our program in 2017 and travelled with us to Grafton for our September week on the Clarence River. Each day saw him on the water for three sessions honing his skill in both a single scull as well as rowing crew boats.  Sam classifies in…
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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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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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