Australian Uni Games - SUBC Rowing Team Announced

The Australian Uni Games will be held on the Gold Coast from 25th-29th September.

The rowing will be on Wyaralong Dame near Beaudesert about an hour north of the main venues around Surfers Paradise.

Wyaralong Dam - site of rowing competition for the 2017 Australian Uni Games

Wyaralong Dam - site of rowing competition for the 2017 Australian Uni Games

The SUBC team will be as follows:

Women: Dyone Bettega, Rebecca Harrison, Wallis Russell, Laura Triggs, Olina Parish, Rebecca Humphris, Georgie Masters, Harriet Hudson, Adelaide Scott, Michaela Franz, Jaime Ford, Lizzie Treloar.

Men: Will Raven, Leon Chambers, Andrew Judge, Jake Bicknell, Devlin Walsh, Marcus Britt,  Morgan Brooking, Harry Wright and Jack Hanley

Coaches will be Dustyn Butler, Don McLachlan and Debbie Fox.



The SUBC women’s team of six athletes led by Coach Debbie Fox has achieved success at the 2017 Canadian Henley Regatta.

The team of U23 athletes consisted of SUBC women’s captain Dyone Bettega, Laura Triggs, Serena Cox, Loren Parsons, Carina Simpson and Lauren Fornasaro.

Day 4 of the 135th Canadian Henley saw Serena Cox and Carina Simpson win the U23 double scull final in a very strong tailwind in a time of 7 mins and 2 seconds. The margin was 1.44 seconds to Aviron Knowlton Rowing Club of Quebec and Detroit Rowing Club third. 48 crews started in the heats of this event.

SUBC U23 Double Scull of Serena Cox and Carina Simpson are presented with the Nancy Storrs Trophy.

SUBC U23 Double Scull of Serena Cox and Carina Simpson are presented with the Nancy Storrs Trophy.

Day five saw Serena and Carina join with Laura Triggs and Loren Parsons in the U23 Women’s Quad final. The crew again won gold in strong tail conditions crossing the line about 4 seconds ahead of Craftsbury Sculling Centre in second and Montreal Rowing Club third. The winning time was 6 mins 36 seconds.

The SUBC U23 Quad Scull crew of Serena Cox, Carina Simpson, Loren Parsons and Laura Triggs being interviewed after winning their final.

The SUBC U23 Quad Scull crew of Serena Cox, Carina Simpson, Loren Parsons and Laura Triggs being interviewed after winning their final.

Lauren Fornasaro and Dyone Bettega entered the U23 Women’s pair and from twenty-seven entries made the final to finish fifth overall.

The objective of the tour was to assist in the development of our U23 women’s squad and with some successes and big improvements, it seems this objective has been achieved.

The club congratulates the team on their hard work both on the tour and in arranging the 4 Nations Fundraiser that assisted in funding this tour. Also massive thanks to coach Debbie Fox for her work in preparing the team and arranging the tour details.

SUBC Double Win U23 Title at 2017 Canadian Henley

Sydney University Boat Club's 2017 Canadian Henley Team produced a gold medal this morning when Serena Cox and Carina Simpson won the U23 Women's Double Scull at the regatta.

From 48 entries eight crews went through to the final with SUBC leading all the way to win by a margin of 1.44 seconds in a time of 7 mins and 2 seconds.

SUBC has attended this regatta twice before in 2012 and 2014 with the 2014 men's eight winning the Championship Eight.

Serena and Carina were presented with the Nancy Storrs Trophy - fitting in that Nancy had been a massive help to previous SUBC teams attending Canadian Henley.

Congratulations to Serena and Carina and coach Debbie Fox.


Videos from the 2017 China International Universities Regatta

Sydney Uni Boat Club men's eight as invited again to the 2017 International Universities Rowing Regatta in China.

This year the event was held in Hangzhou, Cixi and Changsha cities.


Thyne Reid Boatshed Officially Opened 27 May

The new Sydney University "Thyne Reid Boatshed" was officially opened by the Sydney University Chancellor Belinda Hutchinson on Saturday morning 27th May.

Before a crowd of current and past rowers, coaches, university officials and parents the Chancellor cut a ribbon across Bay 3 of the new shed. Men's and Women's Captains Marcus Britt and Dyonne Bettega held the ribbon between two Boat club oars and as the doors opened a men's and women's eight from the club marched through the crowd onto the pontoon and did demonstration row up and back Burn's Bay.

The new shed is four large bays build over high water mark in Burns's Bay. A large concrete apron leads to a ramp and a 20 x 10-meter pontoon.

Upstairs the shed consists of two distinct wings - the southern wing contains a large club multi purpose room a kitchen and coaches office while the northern wing contains men's and women's change rooms and stairs to the boathouse.

The unique building was designed by architects Hill Thallis and built by Adco Constructions under the supervision of Campus Infrastructure Services. 

The new boat shed was financed by the University of Sydney, Sydney University Sport and Fitness and the Alumni of Sydney University Boat Club through the University of Sydney Sports Foundation.

Chris Noel who led the fundraising for the new shed made the following speech at the opening thanking those involved in the conception, funding and building of the facility.

"Dear Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Hon Anthony Roberts and guests.

I’ve been involved with this club as a rower, part time coach and administrator for 49 years.

Naturally, I’ve been involved with this building and its planning, financing, and construction since our previous shed burnt down in March 2006. Through the long process that this building has taken I want to say on behalf of our club a number of important thank yous.

For the building – I want to thank the architects Hill Thallis – when we chose them with CIS, we understood they would help us produce a building that would be accepted in the local community and Phil Thallis delivered on that in every respect.  Even more importantly I think you can say about this building what I think is ultimate praise in architecture – that is its form follows its function. Hill Thallis have produced an elegant and beautiful building that is above all functional as a training rowing shed.

I would like to thank a few people who had major input into the project – our alumnus and triple World Champion at junior, U23 and senior level form the 1990’s Mike Wiseman. Mike has worked with the senior members of the club and coaches to produce a comprehensive brief that was able to be put to the architects through Campus Infrastructure Services and his consistent contact, prodding and professional approach in my view was a key factor in producing the result we have in this building.

I would also like to thank Geoff Lord who consulted to CIS on this building and who played a key role in opening up relationships with Lane Cove Council. Geoff worked closely with Mike Wiseman and that relationship helped our club bring a real “rowing” element into this building.

I would like to thank CIS, previous director Colin Rockliff and subsequently Greg Robinson and particular the Senior Precinct Manager Scott Biggs and Project Manager Chris Burns, Harrison Wang and design manager Alan Crowe.  Without official positions within the university myself, Mike Wiseman and Mark Prater and later Dustyn Butler and other officials of the club were always treated with respect and our views and input considered and appreciated.

CIS is transforming Sydney University and this building is just an example of the results of their great work.

I want to thank Sydney University, the Vice Chancellor Dr. Michael Spence and the Senate – commitment to the whole student experience has been a hallmark of Sydney University and it has been important in the face of “voluntary student unionism” that our university has seen fit to support that experience and continues to involve its students, not just in activities, but in the management of this experience.

I would like to thank Mark Prater – our recent Head Coach who is now coaching at the Rowing Australia National Training Centre in Canberra. Mark’s input was important in getting key rowing amenities into the shed design. Mark was as always diligent, committed and brought his considerable intellect to the meetings about the shed requirements.

I would like to thank Lane Cove Council and the NSW Government – we are their tenants at this place – we operate by license from the Council for the supporting area adjacent to the shed and we lease the area over high water from Roads and Maritime Services. Both organizations have supported this project willingly and strongly – their cooperation is what helps make our society.

SUBC has been at this location since 1964.

The building of this boathouse has required considerable funds. Our primary and major supporter in this area has been Sydney University in partnership with Sydney University Sport and Fitness. The third partner has been our Boat Club alumni – a significant proportion of the building cost is being contributed by alumni- for this boat shed – around 100 will contribute $1.6 million towards the construction. I don’t have time to mention all of them now but there are some who have not only supported this project but been major donors to our boat purchase program over many years.

There are four major individual donors who in the words of one of them are the “true believers”  (although I don’t think Charles Moore who used this term is necessarily an avid ALP supporter !) – they are Charles Moore, Paul Espie, John Boultbee and Austin Curtin. Could I pay particular tribute to Charles and Paul who supported me from the moment I became Club President in 1988 with assistance on the rebuilding of the staging of the old shed and the repair of its foundations. All four of these alumni have been strong substantial and loyal club supporters over the last 30-40 years.

Could I also thank George Reid and the Thyne Reid Foundation for their lead contribution to the alumni fundraising – George is the grand nephew of Thyne Reid who was an incredibly generous benefactor of Sydney University and St Andrews College in his lifetime. It was Thyne Reid’s gift of a huge waterfront house in Drummoyne for the Boat Club and funds to build a boat shed in the late 1950’s that allowed the club to eventually have a permanent home here in 1964 after losing their original boat shed to requisition in WWII.

 Ladies and Gentleman – this magnificent boat shed has allowed the Boat Club to expand the range of rowing programs it offers – it is a landmark in our sport of rowing and in university sporting facilities.

I am proud to be able to say on behalf of all our club members past and present, thank you to everyone involved in bringing it to fruition."


Boat Club Eight Tours China - July 2017

SUBC Undefeated in International Universities Rowing Regatta (IURR) Series, China 2017

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The SUBC men’s development eight of Jack O’Brien, Leon Chambers, Devlin Walsh, Marcus Britt, Morgan Brooking, Charlie Wheatley, Nathan Young, Matthew Murray, Harry Wright, coxed by Dani Pettit and Coached by Don McLachlan and Will Raven toured through three cities in China over the winter break as part of a series of regattas run but The Chinese Rowing Association. The Regattas are known as the International Universities Rowing Regatta (IURR), where the Chinese provincial government sporting bodies invite the rowing teams from the top universities around the world. The trip including, flights, accommodation, tourist activities and the loaning of boats is all provided by the Chinese Rowing Association, with the aim of hosting a competitive regatta, whilst also promoting the sport and its benefits, primarily team work, to the Chinese communities of each host city. Races in the IURR are held over shorter distances, than the rowers are used to, allowing for closer margins and a greater spectacle whilst viewing the races.

The first city to host IURR 2017 was Hangzhou, where competition was held on the West Lakes, in the heart of the city, with the theme ‘Famous City, Famous Lake, Famous Universities’. SUBC won their heat in convincing style over Brown University, posting the fastest qualifying time over the 1000m distance. With China experiencing a heat wave of temperatures over 45degrees and high humidity, the racing of the final was almost cancelled. A vote by a delegate from each team as to if we should proceed with racing, saw the majority of international crews voting yes to proceed. The final saw a great head to head battle forming at the front of the field between SUBC and The University of Amsterdam, with no more than a canvas separating the crews the entire way down the course. SUBC narrowly held on to take victory by one seat over the Dutch crew who boasted a number of world cup medallists, with the University of London taking bronze. The crew’s time of 2minuted 45seconds was extremely fast especially considering the oldest rower in the SUBC boat was only 20.

The second host city was Cixi, an ancient town about three hours from Hangzhou. This regatta was deemed as a ‘fun’ regatta by the host organisation. With no times to be recorded and no awarding of medals or trophies for places. With this in mind and number of Unis decided to mix crews up and row composites with other universities. SUBC teamed up with the University of Amsterdam, swapping the bow four from each boat. The racing format saw three straight finals of four boats in each racing down the course. SUBC had representatives in all three winning crews, with SUBC’s Will Raven coxing the University of London boat to win the first race, the stern four of the SUBC crew racing with the university of Amsterdam to win the second race, and the Bow four of the SUBC crew racing with the University of Amsterdam to win the third and final race. This was a great experience for all, with everyone learning about different approaches to racing and even differing styles on how to row each stroke. This unique experience was one of the highlights of the trip, as it is extremely rare for crews to mix with other international standard athletes in the same boat at international regattas. The racing in Cixi was also notably exciting, as the majority of the population of the ancient town and surrounding regions came to support the regatta, drawing thousands of spectators, in many cases the biggest crowd any of these athletes will ever get to experience racing in front of.

The third and final host city was Changsha, where SUBC raced in 2016. Changsha has a great cultural history within China with it being the place where Chairman Mao grew to prominence with the communist party. A notable monument to Mao is a 32m high statue of his head on the Orange Isle where the IURR was held. Racing in Changsha was spread over two days, with heats on the Saturday and finals on the Sunday. The heats were drawn with the rankings from Hangzhou taken into consideration, SUBC again had an easy win in the heat over a composite crew from Harvard, University of Washington and Sydney Uni to secure a middle lane for the final. The Dutch crew along with Brown University had a tight race in heat two, showing they would be crews to watch in the final. The final saw SUBC represented in two crews, with the full SUBC eight racing, and SUBC tour reserve Harry wright getting the call up to help strengthen the line-up of Harvard and Washington. SUBC jumped out to a dominant lead in the final with clear water over the field at the 500m mark, with the following four crews dead level fighting it out for second at the half way. SUBC had a minor setback in the closing stages with a ‘crab’ slowing the boat down, and the rest of the race closing in. The crew held on to a half-length win in the end, with Amsterdam in second, Brown in third, University of London in fourth and the Harvard/Washington/Sydney Uni composite taking fifth ahead of Shanghai Jiao Tong. Yale came away ranked seventh winning the b-final.

Overall the tour was extremely successful for the Sydney Uni crew, going into the regatta as underdogs, being the youngest boat in the series of regattas. The crew not only won each of the regattas, they also showed good maturity in racing with solid improvements throughout the tour, extending the winning margin as each race went on. The crew were not only exposed to challenging international racing competition, they were also exposed to a more enjoyable part of touring, with each host city spoiling the crews with great hospitality and a number of interesting cultural excursions to schools, tourist sites and places of local significance.

SUBC would like to extend its thanks to The Chinese Rowing Association, the local communities of Hangzhou, Cixi and Changsha, along with all the volunteers who made our experience so enjoyable.

New Boatshed Construction Well Advanced

New Boatshed Construction Well Advanced

The new SUBC Boatshed in Burns Bay on the Lane Cove River is now well advanced in construction. The second floor is being prepared for pouring and the main main lowr deck and walls for the storage bays are complete. The three boat bays on the eastern side looking north from the main apron Boat Bay No 4 on the land side looking into park area Bay no 3 giving an idea of internal size - bay approx 7+ metres wide and 4.1 metre high clearance



Dear Boat Club Alumni, Members and Supporters,

There has been quite a lot happening at the Boat Club over the past few months – let us bring you up to date.



Sydney Uni Boat Club’s David Bartholot has won the 2015-2016 season “Novice Rower of the Year” Award presented annually by Rowing New South Wales.  

David was given the award for his outstanding progression in his first season since joining SUBC in March 2016.

Main Deck of New SUBC Boatshed in place

Main Deck of New SUBC Boatshed in place

The new SUBC Boatshed in Burns Bay is proceeding apace with 36 piles now completed in the bay and head stocks attached to support the main lower floor of the shed. The builders are now preparing to pour the main slab. From the photo the extent of the main deck is now apparent. On the left of the deck will be a four bay shed with change rooms and training amenities above on the second level. To the right side of the main deck is the boating area and from that area a ramp will lead down to a double sided floating pontoon in the bay.

SUBC rowers ramp up Australia’s World Cup tally

SUBC rowers ramp up Australia’s World Cup tally

Three Sydney Uni Boat Club representatives have contributed to Australia’s medal haul at the World Rowing Cup II in Lucerne. Our headline photo shows SUBC's Sally Kehoe and Gen Horton of Mosman Rowing Club after winning silver in the women's double scull.



Dear SUBC Members/Alumni/Supporters,  

This year we have a number of NSW rowers selected on various Australian teams for 2016. This includes 5x SUBC athletes and a coach on the Junior Australian Team.

Marcus Britt, Ollie Schwartz, Lachlan Miles, Jack O'Brien, Lewis Willoughby (cox), and Sarah Cook (coach), have been selected for the Junior Men's Coxed Four to compete at the World Championships in Rotterdam in August. In order to compete however, the crew must raise a collective $40,000 to cover the cost of their seat fees.

SUBC Update 21 April 2016

SUBC Update 21 April 2016 Learn to Row Regatta - Glebe Boatshed 1st May

All club members are invited and encouraged to attend the LTR regatta on May 1 at the Glebe boatshed from 7:30-10:30am.

We ask all club members to either volunteer, or just come and cheer on and support our LTR members. We need 16 experienced rowers and 4 coxswains to assist with boat maneuvering on the day. Please contact Debbie Fox or Bec Humphris to volunteer.

Nominations called for Boat Club Sub Committees

Dear Active Members and Alumni The Boat Club needs members and alumni interested in promoting activities effectively within the club to serve on various committees reporting the the Executive.

April 2016 Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

SUBC Committee Meeting – Monday 11th April 2016  

1 – Welcome

2.1 & 2.2 – Minutes of SUBC Meeting & Business Arising (Agenda Action Sheet)

  • Meeting minutes to be drafted and sent to the committee within 2 days of the meeting for review. Approved minutes to be added to the website for all members to view. If there are no comments, it is considered that you have read these and they can be published
  • Email to be sent to all club members re: meeting dates etc
  • Meetings to be held every 2nd Tuesday of the month – AL to send out meeting dates to all exec committee members

3.1 – April 2016 President Report

  • Presidents report to be organised for next meeting
  • Need to be aware of the procedures around hire/loan of boats – written agreement in case of damage etc
  • Need to check on what insurance this comes under

4.1 – Finance Report as at 31/3/16

  • No report as yet – to be delivered next meeting
  • Need to find out the parameters of the coaches contracts and who they are accountable to. SC to follow up.

5.1 – Future Committee Meeting Dates/Venues/Attendees

  • Ask the coaches to attend the next committee meeting with a coaches report – Monthly coaches report must be submitted prior to each committee meeting, coach attendance at committee meetings optional, unless requested to do so.

5.2 – Review of SUBC Constitution

  • Working group – Anika, Sarah and Nick – to be drafted with tracked changes by July meeting
  • Fee structure – identifying the broad view of the club
  • Is there a possibility to put a freeze on memberships for going away?
  • More discussion at next meeting regarding fee structure and payment dates – fundraising and membership sub-committee to make a recommendation to SUBC committee for next meeting

5.3 – Committee Structures & Roles

  • Putting committee structure on website for feedback and expression of interest from club members for these – AL to have these put on SUBC website
  • John to assist Chris and Steve to continue Boatshed fundraising

5.4 – Sub-Committees

  • Expansion of committee to include 2 general positions – further discussion needed on this point
  • Scope and objectives for recruitment
  • Definition of current executive roles – further discussion necessary
  • Chair of high performance committee to be undertaken by Sarah Cook
  • Executive Committee members to seek and approach potential candidates for appropriate sub-committees.
  • Chair and members of sub-committees to be appointed and approved at next committee meeting.

5.5 – Trello

  • AL to send out email re: trello and instructions for use – SUBC board

5.6 – Process for reports from sub-committees/coaches/captains

  • Report from each of the sub-committees, coaches and captains for the monthly meetings – may decide to involve the chair or coaches to attend a meeting if necessary
  • Last month, next month – what has happened last month and what is due to happen next month

6.1 – Broadway Crown Sponsorship Proposal

  • Numerous good options for us in terms of meals, functions, fundraisers etc
  • Sarah to send club numbers to Hotel for card printing
  • Need to make use of it as much as possible

6.2 – General Business

  • John to come back to the committee with some recommendations for reimbursements at the next meeting
  • LTR regatta – 1st May 2016 – hoping to make a big event out of this. AL to email members about this and have them contact Rebecca with enquiries
  • Need to reinforce that we are one club now – merging of social media pages
  • Shared Instagram page – Olivia to start
  • Presence of current rowing group at SUSF events – more involvement

Meeting closed 9.48pm

Next Meeting to be held Tuesday 3rd May 2016 (Venue TBC)



It started with a couple of schoolboys wanting to train through the winter of 2015. Marcus Britt and Ollie Schwartz joined the SUBC winter program and after a couple of months headed off to Brisbane in a ‘schoolboy” eight to compete alongside our uni development crew in the Trans-Tasman Challenge and the Brisbane River Challenge. Following that Marcus ( who’s dad Rob is a former SUBC Captain) and Ollie did a lot of work in a pair and after January camp this year got together with Jack O’Brien and Lochie Miles in a four with the objective of trying for selection for the Australian Junior Team.

Boat Club Stars at 2016 Nationals

Boat Club Stars at 2016 Nationals


With the 2016 national rowing championships just completed at the International Regatta Centre in Penrith on Sunday the small SUBC squad made a significant impact.Our superstar was “Super” Sally Kehoe who has recently been selected to represent at the Rio Olympics in the double scull with fellow club mate Liz Kell. Sally won three national titles in the single, double and quad sculls to lead our medal performance. Sally shown below after winning her single scull title. Junior Four and coach

Super Sally Younger sculler Fiona Ewing reaped the rewards after a long period of dedicated training. After feeling unwell early in the week and having to withdraw from the final of the U23 single sculls Fiona too gold in the U23 women’s double and again in the U23 quad sculls. Our photo shows Fiona with the men’s U23 gold medallist in sculling, Tom Schramko. Fiona and  Tom In our junior (U19) ranks Marcus Britt won two golds. First he teamed up with his season partner Oliie Schwartz to take gold in the U19 pair and then he and Ollie combined with Jack O’Brien and Lachie Miles to win the junior four by over 8 seconds. Our photo shows the winning junior four with junior program coach Sarah Cook. Camron Girdlestone who has already been selected in the men’s quad for Rio took out his first national single sculls title. Cam rowed a patient race sitting with the leading scullers and breaking clear in the last five hundred for a convincing win. Noted sweeper Nick Purnell entered the single and steamed home for sixth with 300 metres to go to win bronze and finishing a few hundredths of a second behind second. Cam and Nick Purnell - shown here - gold and bronze in the single scull. Cam and Nick singles As Sasha Belonogoff could not row due to illness Cam teamed up in what became known as the “ odd quad” consisting of Cam and fellow Rio bound quad sculler James McRae and more noted sweepers Alex Hill and SUBC’s Nick Purnell. A lack of prior combination and possible recent sculling experience by Purnell and Hill saw the crew having to make up three seconds in the final five hundred metres as they nearly caught the leading quad on the line to claim silver. One of the exciting finishes of the regatta. In other gold highlights Claudia Lowe coxed the NSW Men’s Youth eight who had a smashing victory in the interstate section of the regatta upsetting a favoured Queensland crew by over six seconds while stalwart male cox Will Raven worked as assistant coach of this crew with Jason Baker.

Other notable performances were Alex Purnell silver in the U23 double sculls and when asked late Saturday to step up to represent NSW in the single scull in the President’s Cup did a remarkable job to finish close to the field of some of Australia’s top scullers. Fiona Ewing also represented in the NSW Women’s Queens Cup eight who had their best result for quite a few years finishing third. Our NSW Queen's Cup eight with Fiona and coaches Alfie Young and Dan Noonan. Fiona in NSW Eight Campbell Watts and Andrew Judge (a new U23 pair combination only together for 4 weeks) had a strong performance in an excellent filed making the A final and finishing fourth just a second out of the medals. Rowing Australia announcement on U23 triallists for the selection regatta should be out this week. As always many thanks to our hard working coaches who spent more than dawn to dusk each day for a week at the national regatta preparing g crews, transporting and rigging boats and enjoying the successes and picking up the pieces when required. Debbie Fox, Mark Prater, Dustyn Butler, Esther Verburg and coach of our men’s junior team Sarah Cook

New Boatshed Imminent for SUBC - Funding Support Needed

New Boatshed Imminent for SUBC - Funding Support Needed

After 10 years without our main training facility the new SUBC boatshed is imminent. DA Approved plans are in place and Sydney University are proceeding towards construction. All that remains is for us - alumni , parent and friends to raise the remaining funding of $480,000 to ensure completion of the shed with all the facilities needed.