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Hope you have had a lovely weekend - maybe you were down at the Bunbury regatta, maybe you were training, maybe you were enjoying the weather in another way!

  • World Cup 1: How Jack & Alex's Paris campaign has been revived, and John Murdoch retires from International Umpiring

  • Pathway Regatta: New gen Black Swans!

  • Sinead Reading makes her debut Aus Team

  • IGSSA Season Preview

  • Masters State Team Announced

  • Making Waves Camp & Coaching Opportunity

  • A message from PBR

Cover photo: Pathway team at the end of their campaign at SIRC.

Just like that, the first international regatta of the season has come and gone. The Australia A team was sent to Varese, Italy, to race at World Cup 1 last weekend and of course we were tuned into the Men's Quad with Alex Rossi and Jack Cleary (WARC-NTC) teaming up with Campbell Watts and Caleb Antill. These boys have not yet been given a seat in an Olympic-qualified crew (there are no men's sculling boats qualified yet), but a brilliant performance at WC1 has given the Paris dream a lifeline. 

In their first international regatta as a combination, the Aussie Quad were third in their heat, just 1.5 seconds behind eventual Bronze medalists Italy, so progressed to the Repechage where they took the win in a time of 5:45.31 and were through to the A Final. Facing off with 2023 World Champions (and known sculling powerhouses) the Netherlands, a re-energised GBR 4x with multiple-time World Medalists, 2023 World Sliver Medalists Italy and the Ian Wright (yes, that Ian Wright) coached Swiss Quad - it was a very hot race. The Aussies did their best to stay with the group but held their position in fifth through all the 500m time checks while the Dutch, British and Italians battled for podium spots. However the placings alone don't do the performance justice - just six seconds between first and fifth at the finish line! 

With this strong A-Final appearance, the Quad has now been given the green light by Rowing Australia  to race at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta. FOQR is also known very ominously as the Regatta of Death - where Olympic dreams go to have life breathed into them, or to die...!!!! If they place top 2, they'll earn a berth at the Paris Games. Fellow Aussie crews - Men's Double & Women's Lightweight Double - will be racing alongside them. 

WATCH: Men's Quad A Final

Let's not forget that during the Tokyo campaign, the Aussie Women's Quad also had to qualify for their spot through the FOQR - and were eventually rewarded with a Bronze Medal. AND the Kiwi Men's Eight took the same course to get there and came back to NZ as Olympic Champions!

A very exciting few weeks ahead - we are behind you all the way fellas!! FOQR kicks off 19 May.

John Murdoch - WA BRO - was on deck as an Umpire at World Cup 1. This was John's final International regatta, as World Rowing require their Umpires to retire in the year they turn 70. John was given a lovely send-off and had the privilege of Umpiring the A Final of the Men's Eight as a last hurrah! Congratulations John & we look forward to having you back in Perth.


Last weekend the WA Pathway Team made their way to Penrith to compete in the Pathway Regatta - arguably the most prestigious school-aged rowing competition in the country! The Pathway Regatta was being held at the same time as the Under 19 Selection Trials, so it was a BIG week for WA in Penrith! Read on for a rundown of the 2024 Pathway experience... 

Pathway crews went through a two-week training intensive, based out of Aquinas College, between Nationals (or the PSA Head of the River in some cases) and Pathway. Their coaches helped them develop a shared technique and rhythm - the biggest challenge with this sort of short-term campaign - and importantly, start to bond with each other! The athletes were rowing most mornings across the school holidays, plus a second session in the gym or ergo on some afternoons, putting in a heap of work to get themselves ready. 

And then early on Saturday 13th April they headed to Sydney! Once they landed, there was a slight delay as the coaches bravely navigated the chaotic world of hire vans... but once THAT was sorted it was off to the Nepean for a drop off of the gear to the accom and a paddle on the river. 

Day 2 of the trip was another training day. SIRC was being used for the NSW Grade State Champs so the athletes were able to enjoy another day of training on the picturesque Nepean River - the same stretch of river that the Women's National Training Centre use! After putting final touches on their race starts, they headed to SIRC for the Pathway & Underage Athlete briefing, unload the trailer, and get organised for Monday AM racing. That night they watched Jack and Alex's final at the World Cup by crowing into a cabin and watching from a laptop - what better way to pump up for racing!!

Photo: Training on the Nepean.

Photo: Girls Coxed Quad out for a training paddle on Sunday arvo at SIRC.


So on Monday morning they geared up for their first round of racing - the Grading Races. These races are designed to give crews and regatta staff an indication of how fast each crew is and how they rank against each other, but your result in this race didn't impact whether you made an A or B Final - just a stand alone race. The Grading Race is a unique race for the Pathway crews because they are racing against not just the other Pathway crews, but also all the crews going for Under 19 selection! So an interesting way to compare your boat's speed to a big group of exceptional athletes. 

Monday afternoon was the first proper race of the regatta - the Pathway Heats! All our crews raced hard and did their best against untested competition - for most of the crews they were up against, it was the first time those combinations were racing together AND the first time they'd ever lined up against those other crews - absolutely no idea how fast the crew next to you would be, and a unique challenge!

To give you a sense of the level of competition though... the best rowers from the NSW GPS schools - who year after year fill out the A-Finals at Nationals in the Schoolboy Eight - were selected into one of the two NSW Eights. You'll also see many athletes who feature heavily in the finals of the School & U19 events at Nationals. It's a seriously stacked field.

So after the heats, the Boys A Eight and the Girls Coxed Quad made their A Finals and the Boys B Eight and the Girls Eight qualified into the B Final. The boys A eight had qualified with the fastest time in all the heats, and there was a tangible buzz amongst the group. 

Photo: Relaxing in the stands after Monday's efforts.

The finals were held on Tuesday morning and when I tell you the WhatsApp group was blowing up I am barely joking. So many photos & videos from excited athletes, parents & coaches even before racing had started!! There was a palpable WA spirit over at the regatta centre and we all held our breath waiting for results to come through. Every crew did their absolute best for the WA zootie, and they all did you very proud!! After some fast racing in the Quads (WA Girls - 6th in the A Final), the Eights had their time to shine. The Boys B Eight were 2nd in their B Final in a very competitive field, and the Girls Eight won their B Final convincingly! The Boys A Eight had everyone holding their breath given their very fast time in the heat and it was heartwarming to see all the WA crews race back around to watch their race after racking their boats, determined to support each other. 

The Boys A Eight put down a superb race and led the whole way down - eventually taking the win by over a length. This is when the WhatsApp group truly went crazy. We saw video of not only the rowing but of the WA rowers going nuts on the bank, cheering the boys home and deafening the other states with "YEAH WA!!!" Yeah WA indeed guys!!!

Photo: Boys A Eight on the podium - QLD Silver, Tassie Bronze.

Team photo!! Up the WA!!

We heard some amazing feedback from families about how much fun their rowers had on this trip and we hope that this encourages the athletes to continue in the sport past their school careers. Racing in a Pathway crew is a unique experience, and the result is almost secondary to the sense of community that we hope the athletes come back with. We all know that is why our sport is special. It is about coming together with a group of other people, putting in an ungodly amount of work in pursuit of making YOUR boat go as well as you can, and knowing that any success is a result of a whole ecosystem of people putting time and energy into the cause. This Pathway group were successful because they were loyal teammates, flexed their self-discipline so they could give as much as they could to their crews, and took responsibility for the energy they brought to the group.

Well done to all the athletes & coaches who took part!! 

If you are interested in taking part in the 2025 Pathway Team, keep your eyes on our social media & website later this year for more information about nominating.

A HUGE congratulations to our latest Australian Team Representative - Sinead Reading!

Sinead (WARC) has been selected to the 2024 Aussie Under 21 team. This team was selected off the back of Nationals results, where Sinead placed 4th in the U21W1x, and a very strong set of performances across the whole Nationals season including a Silver medal in the U21W1x at the NSW State Championships. Generally the top 4 male and female scullers and top 2 male and female pairs at Nationals are - barring any extenuating circumstances - selected as the scull & sweep teams.

Sinead will race in the Trans-Tasman Regatta against the New Zealand team, from 31 May - 2 June. This regatta will be held in Canberra and they'll be competing for the historic Rusty Robertson Trophy.

Well done to Sinead and her whole support team including WARC HP coach Stefano Balosso.

READ: The history of the Trans Tasman Regatta

The IGSSA season has crept up and now we are just one week away from the first regatta of their season!

On Saturday 27th April we will get our first look at how the squads have shaped up this year. With plenty of training under their belt - and in PLC's case, plenty of racing too - we are hoping to see some great racing. Last year's HOR Champions, PLC, are coming off the back of a fantastic campaign at the Australian Rowing Championships where their Under 17 Schoolgirl Eight won a Bronze medal - but with no other WA schools going over it will be hard to predict the speed of other crews.

St Hilda's were nipping at the heels of PLC last season on the point score and in a number of events including the First VIII, where it was PLC - St Hilda's - Perth College on the podium. In the 2023 Consistency table, Penrhos, MLC and Perth College were all exceptionally close and this meant some great battles across that season. JTC's Freshman crews were strong in 2023 and we are looking forward to seeing how those girls have progressed.

IGSSA rowing kicks off next weekend and Head of the River is scheduled for 22 June - just over a month prior to the start of the Olympic Regatta where IGSSA alumni Bronnie Cox (MLC), Giorgia Patten (Perth College) and Jacqui Swick (PLC) are slated to start. This will hopefully serve as a wonderful motivator for the IGSSA girls - schoolgirl rowing is an amazing place to start your journey to something incredible!

The 2024 Masters State Team has been officially endorsed by Rowing WA and we are so happy to announce the two women's crews who will represent you at the Australian Masters Rowing Championships in a few weeks time.

Women's Eight
Cox: Craig Huxtable Perth Rowing Club
Orla Flecker UWA Boat Club
Sandra Clarke ANA Rowing Club
Elissa Mansell ANA Rowing Club
Alison White Curtin University Boat Club
Fiona Bell Fremantle Rowing Club
Sarah Knight UWA Boat Club
Liz Warrand UWA Boat Club
Indra Sivacolundhu ANA Rowing Club


Women's Coxless Quad
Alexandra Thornton Fremantle Rowing Club
Caroline Foster Fremantle Rowing Club
Marianne Amato ANA Rowing Club
Rene Brovelli ANA Rowing Club

Congratulations to all these amazing women.

A massive thank you to coach Will Hynes who has been very generous in his time & energy coaching these ladies!

Photo: The ISW8+ (with Charlie in the coxswain seat instead of Craig!) after their time trial at Masters Regatta 3. Credit: Orla Flecker.


Last week Making Waves welcomed students from schools across the City of Armadale to participate in an exciting four day long rowing camp. With rowers returning from previous in-school Making Waves classes along with some fresh new faces trying out the sport for the first time, these kids were lucky enough to experience the thrill of rowing our brand new Wintech boats on their maiden voyage at Champion Lakes! In combinations of singles, doubles and quads, it was a blast watching these young rowers learn the basics and develop their skills as the week progressed. We are excited to keep working with these rowers as Making Waves makes its return for the 2024 All Schools regatta season.

Coaching Opportunity

Making Waves is looking to add an experienced school or club coach to the team to assist with our after-school rowing program. Sessions are held on Monday and Wednesday afternoons until the conclusion of the All Schools regatta season in August.

If you’re keen to get involved or would like to know more, please get in touch with Lachie at gm@makingwaves.asn.au

UWA Boat Club 105 year Gala Dinner featuring Steven Bradbury OA


Would you like to hear from four-time Olympian, gold medal winner and author of the book "Last Man Standing", Steven Bradbury OAM?

The speed skater collected the most unlikely, unthinkable gold medal in the history of the Olympics and Australia's first Winter Olympic Gold medal.

Steven tells an amazingly inspirational story of triumph over adversity, of how he underwent years of obsessive training, pain, setbacks, sacrifice and life threatening injuries and of how he armed himself with the information and tools he needed to achieve this amazing success. 

He has been dubbed the 'Luckiest' Olympic Gold Medallist and the saying 'Doing A Bradbury' is now in the Australian slang dictionary. For Steven, luck is when preparation meets opportunity.

Steven will be the special guest speaker and MC for the UWA Boat Club’s gala dinner for past and present rowers on Saturday, May 25.

The evening will kick-off at 6pm, with drinks at the UWA Boat Shed before walking to The University Club for dinner, entertainment and reminiscing from 7pm.

This will be a highlight of the rowing calendar so grab your crew and non-rowing friends and get along!

For more information and tickets head to https://events.humanitix.com/uwa-boat-club-gala-dinner

Perfect Balance Rowing are your go-to for Filippi and Swift boats, and a whole range of fantastic accessories, parts & spares. 

Rene Brovelli is the local WA representative and is here to help you find whatever you need!!

Rene was racing at the recent Masters 3 regatta but still found time to put her PBR hat on - literally! Winners of the Men's and Women's Coved Quad races were treated to a PBR Cap and Water Bottle as a 'congratulations'! Curtin Uni BC crews won both of these events - check out the smiles on these dials...

Rene can be contacted at rene@pbrowing.com.au and head to the PBR website to check out their range.

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