On a pleasant summer evening in 2006 the Chancellor of Sydney University, Justice Kim Santow formally launched the Sydney University Rowing Foundation.

The Foundation is part of the University of Sydney Sports Foundation which was started to accommodate the The Boat Club’s fundraising for equipment and other activities. Chris Noel was the person behind getting the Sports Foundation set up with the help of Sydney University Sport and Fitness. The Sports Foundation now has a large number of chapters which are used by sporting clubs at Sydney University to raise funds for major projects.

In late 2014 The University reached agreement with Sydney University Sport and Fitness to build a new boathouse to replace the one at Burns Bay, Lane Cove destroyed by fire in 2006.

This agreement was that sport (including the Boat Club and SUSF) would contribute around 40% of the projected cost. Over the period 2015-2016 Boat Club Alumni made pledges to reach this target and the new Thyne Reid Boathouse was completed and opened in early 2017.

The boathouse Foundation campaign put a large burden on our small group of alumni to the extent that the Boat Club refrained from any major equipment fundraising during 2016-2018.

This year 2019 The Boat Club Committee launched a new drive to raise funds to expand and replace our fleet over the coming years through the Patron’s Program. This program was formally launched at the Patron’s Program Cocktail Party on 6th April at “Callooa”- the home of Paul and Ros Espie.

The Patron’s Program is asking asking alumni, parents and friends to commit to regular donations annually or monthly over 5-6 years.

The launch party saw initial commitments of nearly $200,000 of the $600K target.

You can support this program by emailing members of the Committee or calling The Secretary, Chris Noel on 0410 406 790.


Chris Noel: chris@tnw.com.au

Sarah Cook: sarah.cook1985@gmail.com

John Boultbee john.boultbee@gmail.com

Will Raven w_r1991@hotmail.com

Frank Hegerty fhegerty@hotmail.com

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