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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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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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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Monday Meet-the-rower: Ruby Sutherland

Monday Meet-the-rower: Ruby Sutherland

Monday Meet-The-Rower
“No two snowflakes are alike…One completely different from the other.” (Charles. M. Schulz.) Today's Monday Meet-the-rower is profiling one of our long-standing members, Ruby Sutherland.  Ruby has competed both for Balmain with the Balmain Para-Rowing Program, as well as for her school, PLC Sydney.  Read about Ruby below! [caption id="attachment_209" align="alignright" width="222"] Ruby with members of the Para Squad[/caption] "I was born at 23 weeks and 4 days gestation at just 620 grams in weight. As a result I spent 105 days after my birth in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Royal North Shore Hospital. As a result of my extreme prematurity, I am diagnosed with retinopathy of prematurity (Legally Blind), Right side hemiplegia (Cerebral Palsy) and I have an intellectual delay. "I started rowing in 2013 when I…
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