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Welcome to a new exciting edition of Oar Talk - lots to cover today so let's get stuck in.

  • Dockers Learn to Row!

  • NSW State Champs Wrap Up

  • Selection Trials - Invitations Announced

  • Legion of Rowers

  • State Team Dinner

  • WAIS Awards

  • SportWest Awards

  • David Bean OAM

  • Club Corner
    • SRRC Wine Fundraiser
    • CUBC Learn to Row
  • Classifieds
  • Sponsor Messages


Cover photo: Fremantle Dockers team photo at Champion Lakes

After being inspired by The Boys in the Boat, the Fremantle Dockers AFL team called on their friend Tony Lovrich to teach them how to row.

Connection and resilience were strong themes of the morning. Players had a Q&A with Tony before their session where they had a chance to hear the story of his Olympic Silver medal, and lessons he's learned from the Guildford rowing program.

Starting with an erg challenge led by skipper Alex Pearce, the players then split into four Coxed Eights based on their in-house teams. Assigned an experienced coach, each crew had just 60 minutes on the water to learn as much as they could before lining up for a 500m dash. With only one crew capsizing in the process we would say that's a serious achievement. Tony and his small team of superstar Guildford Grammar School students and coaches used all their skill to get the boys up and going - a phenomenal effort!!

Injured players and support staff got in on the fun by taking to the water in training sculls and had a ball trying not to fall in (or in some cases - falling in as many times as possible!)

Next step is to get a talent transfer arrangement in place!! 

Thank you to the team for generously sharing their photos from the day with us.

Last edition we gave you the run down on NSW State Champs - the size & scale of the regatta, and more importantly what it means for HP athletes looking to make a team. 

Well, with seventeen podium appearances from the WA athlete group across the weekend, we are very happy to report that they represented you with distinction!!

Annabelle McIntyre OAM (Fremantle) was the only one at the very top of the podium, winning Gold in the Elite Women's Coxless Pair (shocker) and the Elite Women's Coxless Four.

Bronwyn Cox (UWABC), Jacqui Swick (SRRC), Josh Hicks (SRRC/SRC), Jack Cleary (WARC), Blake Whyatt (WARC), Zoe McKellar (SUBC/SRRC), Gen Hart (FRC), Becky Pretorius (SRRC), Elyse Moreau-Barrett (WARC), Remy Payne (FRC), Liam Davis Jr (FRC), Jake Sangster (FRC), Jacob Cassey (FRC), Charlie Stevenson (WARC) and Sinead Reading (WARC) all earned medals.

There were a number of atheltes who had an outstanding regatta but didn't necessarily get on the podium - whether it was their first interstate regatta, their first time racing in 'the big leagues', or they achieved a PB, we hope they are all very proud of their efforts.

One of the races of the regatta went to Jake Sangster (Fremantle) who had a thrilling battle with North Esks's Laurie Dean in the U23 Ligthweight Men's Single final. At the line it came down to just 0.01s between them - unfortunately the photo finish went the Tasmianan's way, but this gutsy race earned Jake an invitation to the forthcoming Selection Trials. 

Photos thanks to Rowing NSW/Brad Redfern

Congratulations to the 17 WA athletes who have earned selection to the Rowing Australia Senior, Australia A and Under 23 Selection Trials, to be held in Penrith NSW from 25 Feb - 3 March.

Off the back of some exceptional racing at the NSW State Championships, and with months of gruelling training, Time Trials & erg tests behind them, these rowers are now getting ready to face off for places on 2024 National Teams. The added logistical challenges faced by many WA athletes mean that they will all have made significant sacrifices to even get a look in at these Trials - testament to their resilience, resourcefulness and determination to reach their potential, and to the coaches & supporters who have their backs. No matter the result, they can rest assured that they have put it all on the line. We wish them the absolute best of luck!!!


Key Dates:

March Selection Trials: 25 Feb - 3 March

World Cup Tour (Senior) Team Announcement: 3 March

U23 Team Announcement: between 3 - 8 March

World Cup 1: 12 - 14 April

World Cup 2: 24 - 26 May

World Cup 3: 14 - 16 June

Senior, U23 and U19 Combined World Championships: 18 - 25 August


The Olympic Rowing Team will not be selected until later in the year - that announcement is due by 21 June.

The Under 21 Team will be selected from results at the Australian Rowing Championships from 18 - 23 March.

The Under 19 Team will be selected from results at the Underage Selection Trials from 14 - 18 April.

The Australia A Team is new this year, designed for Senior-aged (so 23 or older) athletes who aren't quite ready to make a Senior team to have another representative opportunity after they're done with U19/U21/U23 levels. They will race at World Cup 1.

Full lists of invitees: https://rowingaustralia.com.au/2024-national-senior-para.../

The rowing community is invited to join the 2024 State Team for the Legion of Rowers function on 10 March 2024.

Starting at the conclusion of the Beefsteakers Breakfast, the Legion of Rowers is an opportunity for family, friends, former State Team members, and the wider WA rowing community to join the current team for the presentation of their State Team uniform.

Date: 10 March 2024

Time: 9:30am - 10:30am

Venue: The Rowing Pavilion

RSVP for free by registering on this page.

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Please join us to celebrate our 2024 State Team!

Open to all athletes, coaches, supporters (including those not competing for the State Team) who want to be part of the WA spirit during the Australian Rowing Championships. #YeahWA!!!

In fact we welcome school rowers, club rowers of all age groups, Mums, Dads, Aunties, former State Team rowers - if you want to support the State Team we would love to have you there to cheer them on. And WA Olympian Alex Hagan will be on deck delivering a hype speech for the ages, you don't want to miss that!


Athletes, coaches & invited VIPs are free of charge.

Tickets for other attendees can be purchased for $55.

Date: 22 March 2024

Time: Approx. 6:30 - 8:30pm (Start time is TBC - all over early enough for athletes to head back for a good night's sleep).

Venue: Penrith Panthers (Woodriff Room)


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The WAIS coaches, rowers and admins are notoriously hardworking, focused, and high achieving. At last night's WAIS Awards, this was confirmed by the organisation themselves - the event celebrated the exceptional accomplishments of athletes and programs, highlighting their commitment to excellence and success in their respective fields. Congratulations to:

Jacqui Swick - Young Athlete of the Year

Jacqui at just 21 years of age won a handful of International medals at a Senior level - showing her remarkable maturity, outstanding rowing ability, and dedication to the sport. Jacqui also won this award last year.

Rowing - WAIS Program of the Year

In 2023 the WAIS rowing program continued their tradition of producing athletes of the highest calibre, with three athletes medalling at U23 World Championships and a number of other incredible outcomes. The program won this award in 2018 and 2019.

Jamie Hewlett was nominated for Coach of the Year, and Alex Rossi was nominated for Young Athlete of the Year.


Left: Kirsten Nelson (Jacqui Swick's Mum) accepting the award on Jacqui's behalf; Right: Some of the WAIS Rowing program staff & athletes accepting the award. Photos thanks to WAIS.

Congratulations to Annabelle McIntyre OAM who has been nominated for the SportWest Sport Star of the Year Award. 

Off the back of an extremely successful season we are so happy that Annabelle can top it off by being recognised as one of WA's most accomplished athletes of 2023!

The winner will be announced at next Thursday's awards night. 

Congratulations to David Bean for being awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division (OAM) in the Australia Day Honours.

David was recognised for his outstanding service to secondary education, and rowing.

David is a Co-Patron of Rowing WA, was an active Board Member through the 1980s, and is the current Chair of our History and Heritage Working Group. David is a Board Member at The UWA Boat Club, and was a rowing coach at Hale School for 37 years!

His enormous contribution to the development of our sport here in WA spans across his lifetime, and we are thrilled that he has received this well-deserved recognition. Congratulations David!

Swan River Rowing Club are raising funds for new club rowing equipment for their deserving members! 

By purchasing some incredible Australian wines with a custom wine label, their friends at WA Cellars will donate $36 per case or $3.00 per bottle sold from this fundraising page right to the club.

Please note orders can be mixed any way you like.

Once your order is received you will be able to track it via Australia Post.

We here at WA Cellars and the Swan River Rowing Club thank you for all your support!

Check out the details here and when your'e ready to order, head here!

Come on down to Curtin University Boat Club and learn how to row! We will be hosting 4 FREE sessions, come to one or come to all ๐Ÿ˜Š Thursday 22 Feb 5-7pm Saturday 24 Feb 8-10am Thursday 29 Feb 5-7pm Saturday 1 Mar 8-10am INCLUDES: You will get a tour of our rowing shed, coaching on proper rowing technique on the rowing machines and on the water from our experienced coaches and an introduction to our friendly rowing community. WHAT TO BRING: ๐Ÿ‘šFitted Top as loose clothing can be caught by the oars. ๐Ÿฉณ Shorts as you will be in knee deep water for part of the session. ๐Ÿ‘ŸSneakers/ Trainers for the rowing machines (on land) ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿผ‍โ™€๏ธ Towel, just in case! ! Some people may like to bring a spare change of clothes just to be sure. If you've ever thought about giving rowing a go, this is your chance! We can't wait to see you down at the shed and introduce you to the sport๐Ÿงก For more details follow our Learn to Row Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CUBCLearnToRow/?ref=share&mibextid=S66gvF Or contact us on Facebook, Instagram or at info@curtinrowing.org.au

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸPBR would like to wish all the PSA schools, & athletes trialling for National Selection best of luck for their racing.๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Look out for Rene at the PSA Regattas, she will be there to chat about any requirements you may have!

We have all you need for your spares kit and regatta check box. Please visit www.perfectbalancerowing.com for our full spare parts list and boats in stock. 

You can contact Rene on 0481 995 443.

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