SUBC Claim Victory at the NSW State Championships

SUBC Claim Victory at the NSW State Championships

SUBC have retained their title as the leading elite club in NSW with a dominant performance at the NSW State Rowing Championships, the club won both the point score and medal tally. The event doubled up as the first key selection event for the 2018 Australian Rowing Team, and the results put forward by our senior athletes place them in a strong position leading into the formalised national selection trials.

Key results for the club came through the bigger boats, with SUBC taking out the double in the Men’s and Women’s Elite Eight’s, the first time this had been done by any club since 2011, when SUBC last claimed this feat. The Women’s race went exactly to plan, with a fast start, a well-paced middle, and blistering finish, the crew held off strong competition form Mercantile for the victory. The crew was Dani Pettit, Gen Horton, Rowena Meredith, Georgie Gotch, Fiona Ewing, Dyone Bettega, Lauran Fornasaro, Carina Simpson and Rach Balcomb. The Men’s race wasn’t as clear cut, the crew was overpowered by its strong bowside off the start, resulting in a not ideal first 500m, giving away a small margin to the rest of the field, the crew rallied through the middle thousand, and began reeling back the leading crews from Sydney Rowing Club and Mercantile, coming into the last 500 it was neck and neck between SRC and SUBC, with the SUBC crew winding home with a 1:21 last 500m, the crew went on to win by clear water over the field. The crew was Will Raven, Alex Purnell, Jack Hargreaves, Jack O’Brien, Cam Girdlestone, Campbell Watts, Nick Purnell, David Bartholot and Andrew Judge.

The youth eights also showed strong form for the future of the club with the men claiming victory and returning the ‘Colleagues Cup’ back to SUBC for the first time since 2011, the women performed well, however had to settle for silver behind the Victorian crew from Mercantile. The Men’s race was a start to finish domination with the crew leading at every marker, and extending their lead as the race went on. The crew was Charlie Nicholas, Jack O’Brien, Leon Chambers, Will O’Shannessy, Marcus Britt, Kieran Riach, Lochie Miles, Devlin Walsh and Matthew Murray. The women had a blistering start, and along with Mercantile cleared out on the rest of the field, however the experience of the Mercantile crew proved too strong through the second thousand. The crew was Talia Barnet, Wallis Russell, Rach Balcomb, Ella Mentzines, Jess Robinson, Mia Johnson, Jaime Ford, Raquel Cuevas and Sarah Parsons.

Being a selection event, the small boats were in many instances the most important racing of the regatta. For the first time the men’s NTC decided to double up all the sweep athletes, to compete in both the single scull and the pairs. This decision resulted in one of the strongest sculling fields that Australia has ever witnessed for the men.

SUBC has a strong presence in the men’s scull with the club claiming Silver (Cam Girdlestone), 4th (Jack Hargreaves) and 6th (Nick Purnell in the A-final, with Campbell Watts coming off illness to take victory in the B-Final, with up and coming athlete David Bartholot hot on his tail, claiming second in the B-Final.

The men’s pair saw SUBC well represented with Jack Hargreaves claiming Bronze, Nick Purnell claiming 4th, and the U23 pair of Jack Obrien and Andrew Judge claiming 5th in the A-final. Alex Purnell won the B-Final.

The women’s scull saw SUBC with three athletes in the A-Final, with Gen Horton claiming Silver, Rowena Meredith in 5th and Fiona Ewing in 7th.

The women’s pair A-Final contained one SUBC athlete, with Georgie Gotch finishing in 4th.

The lightweight women’s scull saw SUBC represented by 2017 world silver medallist Georgia Miansarow, who claimed the bronze medal.

Medals in the underage small boat events for the club proved that SUBC are not only strong in the elite, but are one of the key development clubs in the country. In the U19 men’s single Kieran Riach claimed Bronze. In the U21 men’s single Matthew Murray claimed silver. In the U21 lightweight women’s single Michaela Franz claimed Bronze. In the U23 lightweight women’s single Wallis Russell claimed Gold. In the U23 lightweight men’s single Leon Chambers claimed Gold. In the U23 women’s pair Lauren Fornasaro and Dyone Bettega claimed Silver. In the U23 men’s pair Andrew Judge and Jack O’Brien claimed Gold. In the U21 men’s pair Will O’Shannessy and Marcus Britt claimed Silver.

Crew boat medals came from a mixture of club and composite crews, as combinations for the nationals were tested out. Along with the three gold and a silver already mentioned in the eights, SUBC crew boat results were strong. In the women’s Elite double Gen Horton claimed Gold, with the full SUBC crew of Rewena Meredith and Fiona Ewing claiming Silver. In the men’s Elite double Campbell Watts claimed Bronze. In the men’s Elite four Nick Purnell claimed Gold. In the U21 lightweight women’s double Michaela Franz and Sarah Parsons claimed Gold. In the U23 lightweight women’s double Wallis Russell claimed Gold. In the U23 lightweight men’s double Leon Chambers claimed Gold. In the LTA coxed four Will Raven claimed Silver. In the lightweight women’s quad Lizzie Treloar claimed Silver. In the men’s Elite quad Campbell Watts claimed Gold, with Devlin Walsh, Morgan Brooking, Kieran Riach and David Bartholot claiming Bronze.

On the pro-rata medal table, SUBC claimed 9 Gold, 7.25 Silver and 5 Bronze. On the point score the club finished up with 180 points, nearly 30 clear of the closest competitor. Congratulations to all athletes and thanks to all coaches, support staff, rowing NSW and Sydney Uni Sport for their contributions to such strong results for the club.


Full Results of the weekends racing can be found at:

SUBC Women's Elite Eight

SUBC Women's Elite Eight

SUBC Men's U21 Eight

SUBC Men's U21 Eight




16-18th FEBRUARY 2018


6CMU19 1xSydney UniversityKieran Riach

7CWU21 1xSydney University 1Emma Jalalaty

7CWU21 1xSydney University 2Raquel Cuevas

8CMU21 1xSydney University 1Matt Murray

8CMU21 1xSydney University 2Jordan Duff

8CMU21 1xSydney University 3Nathaniel Young

9CWU23 1xSydney University 1Olina Parrish

9CWU23 1xSydney University 2Lizzie Treloar

10CMU23 1xSydney University 1Morgan Brooking

10CMU23 1xSydney University 2Devlin Walsh

11CWE 1xSydney UniversityCarina Simpson

12CME 1xSydney University 1Cameron Girdlestone

12CME 1xSydney University 2David Bartholot

13CWE 2-Sydney UniversityLauren Fornasaro,Dyone Bettega

14CME 2-Sydney UniversityAndrew Judge,Jack O'Brien

17CWU21L 1xSydney University 1Sarah Parsons

17CWU21L 1xSydney University 2Michaela Franz

19CWU23L 1xSydney University 1Wallis Russell

19CWU23L 1xSydney University 2Lizzie Treloar

20CMU23L 1xSydney UniversityLeon Chambers

31CWU21 8+Sydney UniversitySarah Parsons,Raquel Cuevas,Jaime Ford,Amelia Johnson,Jess Robinson,Ella Mentzines,Rachel Balcomb,Wallis Russell,Talia Barnet-Hepples(c)

32CMU21 8+Sydney UniversityMatt Murray,Devlin Walsh,Lachlan Miles,Kieran Riach,Marcus Britt,Will O'Shannessy,Leon Chambers,Jack O'Brien,Charlie Nicholas(c)

33CWU17 2xSydney UniversityMardi Downing,Maya Brooking

43CWU21L 2xSydney UniversityMichaela Franz,Sarah Parsons

45CWU23L 2xUTS/Sydney UniversityGeorgina Masters,Wallis Russell

45CWU23L 2xSydney University/Adelaide RCLizzie Treloar,Sophia Nery

46CMU23L 2xSydney University/UTSLeon Chambers,Matthew Curtin

50CME 4+Sydney UniversityJordan Duff,Morgan Brooking,Lachlan Miles,David Bartholot,Sam Nicholas(c)

54CWU23 2-Sydney UniversityLauren Fornasaro,Dyone Bettega

55CMU23 2-Sydney UniversityAndrew Judge,Jack O'Brien

62CWU21 4xSydney University 1Michaela Franz,Amelia Johnson,Raquel Cuevas,Ella Mentzines

62CWU21 4xSydney University 2Sophia Evstigneev,Olivia Dent,Clara Chambers,Emma Jalalaty

63CMU21 4xSydney UniversityMatt Murray,Jordan Duff,Kieran Riach,Devlin Walsh

64CWE 8+Sydney UniversityRachel Balcomb,Carina Simpson,Lauren Fornasaro,Dyone Bettega,Fiona Ewing,Georgina Gotch,Rowena Meredith,Genevieve Horton,Danielle Pettit(c)

65CME 8+Sydney UniversityAndrew Judge,Leon Chambers,Nicholas Purnell,Jack O'Brien,Cameron Girdlestone,Campbell Watts,Jack Hargreaves,Alex Purnell,William Raven(c)

75CWU21 2-Sydney University 1Amelia Johnson,Jess Robinson

75CWU21 2-Sydney University 2Rachel Balcomb,Ella Mentzines

75CWU21 2-Sydney University 3Jaime Ford,Raquel Cuevas

76CMU21 2-Sydney UniversityMarcus Britt,Will O'Shannessy

77CWU17 1xSydney University 1Maya Brooking

77CWU17 1xSydney University 2Mardi Downing

79CWE 4xSydney UniversityCarina Simpson,Lauren Fornasaro,Georgia Miansarow,Wallis Russell

80CME 4xSydney UniversityDevlin Walsh,Morgan Brooking,David Bartholot,Kieran Riach

REGISTER NOW -SUBC School Rowers Winter Program




Are you a keen school rower in Years 10, 11 or 12 and looking to enjoy your sport and row out of Australia’s newest rowing facility and on Sydney’s best training water?

Give us a call and join our winter program starting 24th April and rowing twice per week. Finishing off with: The Winter School Regatta

MINIMUM STANDARD C2 ERG: Boys 6.45: Girls 7.40

We have a maximum of 20 positions for boys and 20 positions for girls.

Participation will be subject to selection criteria so please apply early

Applications forms may be sent to         Cost $350 (plus $20 SU Sport)

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The traditional curtain raiser for the main competitive season, The New South Wales Rowing Small Boats Regatta was held last week at Penrith in warm conditions with high humidity.

This is also an important selection regatta for the New South Wales State team.

Sydney University athletes excelled with some terrific performances.

Gen Horton from the NTC Penrith took out the women’s single from a top-class field that included Australian best female rowers. Cam Girdlestone won the men’s elite single.

In U23’s Morgan Brooking was the winner in the men’s single, Andrew Judge and Jack O’Brien won the U23 pair in the smart time of 6 m 41 secs.

The U21 men’s pair was a close tussle between Marcus Britt and Will O’Shannessy of SUBC and the Sydney Rowing Club pair of Nichol and Kench. The two crews had a pitched battle for the lead from 400 meters out with the Sydney Uni pair prevailing by just under two seconds in 6 m 46 secs. In the women’s U21 pair Rachel Balcomb and Ella Mentzines won easily in 7 m 47 secs. The same combination also won the U19 and U21 women’s pairs.

The open pair also went to Judge and O’Brien while another highlight for the club was the men’s U21 single scull where schoolboy member Keiran Riach won by two seconds from Matt Murray with Devlin Walsh in fourth – all from SUBC.

In lightweights Wallis Russell continued her excellent 2017 form finishing fourth in the open lightweight women’s single behind three athletes from the NTC including SUBC's Georgia Miansarow in third. Wallis then combined with Georgie Masters of UTS to win the women’s elite lightweight double scull in the outstanding time of 7 mins 08 secs.

The men’s U23 lightweight singles saw a stirring contest between Leon Chambers of Sydney Uni and Matt Curtin of UTS with Matt Curtin prevailing in what was a very quick time.

The next major test for our squads will come on 16-18th February at the New South Wales Rowing Championships. This regatta will have the top clubs from New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland in attendance along with all National Training Centre athletes from Penrith and Canberra

Merry Christmas from Sydney Uni Boat Club


The Committee of Sydney University Boat Club wishes all our members, parents, coaches, support staff and stakeholders a very Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year in 2018.

Boultbee wins World Rowing's 2017 Distinguished Service Award

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John Boultbee AM, has been recognised for his services to international rowing over forty-eight years at the FISA Gala Dinner in London yesterday December 8th.
John’s remarkable post-school career in rowing started at Burn’s Bay in 1968 when he joined the Sydney Uni Boat Club and coxed the Intervarsity Men’s Lightweight Four to a win in Perth in May that year.
Current SUBC President Sarah Cook in welcoming the award said: “Sydney Uni Boat Club was delighted and proud to learn that John Boultbee was awarded the Distinguished Service Award at the World Rowing Awards on Friday in London. John’s exceptional service to sport, but particularly rowing both in Australia and internationally over several decades is extraordinary. SUBC wouldn’t be what it is today without his contribution, most recently as the Treasurer, advisor on the High-Performance Committee, and donor. SUBC congratulates John on this well-deserved honour, and thanks him for his incredible and ongoing contribution to our club. “
John continued coxing SUBC crews as the club’s lead cox till 1971 and served as our club secretary in the early 1970’s. He was awarded a Sydney University Blue in 1969.
SUBC also launched John into sports administration when he was appointed as manager of the 1971 University Tour of New Zealand.
Following this early step, John joined the board of The New South Wales Rowing Association and served as Secretary among other positions.During this time John was completing his law degree at Sydney University. In the same year was John Coates and the two started what has been a lifelong friendship and a lifelong collaboration in sports administration in the Olympic Movement and in Olympic Sports.
John moved to London in 1975 to do a two year Master of Laws degree taking his coxing skills to the University of London, wearing his gaudy purple gear as he coxed their Grand eight at Henley in 1976.With two solid law degrees under his belt John returned to Sydney in 1976 and worked as a solicitor for a major law firm before moving to the bar and working as a barrister until 1989 at Wentworth Chambers.
During this period Boultbee and Coates were wielding a lot of influence at what is now Rowing Australia. The two of them showed extraordinary vision in bringing Reinhold Batschi to Australia as Head Coach of Rowing in 1979. With Reinhold’s appointment and the work of Boultbee and Coates the old state-based team selection was broken down as we moved to a national system that would greatly improve Australia’s rowing performances from the early eighties through to 2004.
From 1980 John served prominently on the Olympic Team firstly as Rowing Team Manager (1980 Moscow) and then as a member of the Australian Olympic Team headquarters team in 1984 and 1988.
During the eighties, John served on the Rowing Australia Board and coached the third and fourth Fours for Shore School. His record as a school coach was remarkable – coaching crews over ten years John’s crews recorded ten Head of River victories.
After the Seoul Olympics FISA was looking to set up a professional full-time office and John was appointed by Thomi Keller to head up the new FISA administration as its first full-time Secretary General.
John accepted the role, sold his chambers and moved to Switzerland. His transition to professional sports administrator was complete.
In 1995 with Sydney having won the 2000 Olympics John was drafted to become Director of the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. At a time when many sports had their main programs at the AIS John was able to lead and harness the personnel and facilities of the AIS to the degree that Australia was able to win 16 gold 28 silver and 17 bronze at the Sydney Olympics finishing 4th on the medal table – our best ever Olympic performance.
John finished at the AIS in 2001 and after a period of running his own consultancy in sport was appointed in 2004 by the Football Federation of Australia to establish and lead the High-Performance Unit. In this new role John was responsible for the performance of up to 11 national soccer teams from the Socceroos and Matildas down to the U17’s national teams.
During this period under John’s leadership of high performance the Socceroos broke the “Curse of Johnnie Warren” qualifying for the 2006 World Cup in Germany (after last qualifying in 1974) and making it through to the round of 16, and again they qualified for South Africa 2010 and for Brazil 2014, and the Matildas qualified for 2 World Cups during this period and won the Asian Cup.
John left the FFA in 2013 to run for the position of President of FISA, having served on the FISA Council and Executive for 15 years. He was not voted into that role and the subsequent changes to the Olympic competition under alternate leadership has left many in rowing with a sense of regret regarding changes to the competition structure.
In 2014 John took up the role of High-Performance Director for Volleyball Australia – a position he still holds.
In addition, John was a Board member and Deputy Chair for Rowing Australia for a period of 12 years to 2015. John serves on the International Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing many cases since 1996 and contributing much to the CAS policy development.
He has been only the second Australian to become a Steward of the world’s most famous regatta, Henley. John has been a steward for over 25 years.
Boultbee has also served as a Director of Australia for UNHCR since 2000.
Finally, John has been a major supporter of his club, (Sydney University) through donations to the Boat Foundation and more recently a major donation to the fund for the just completed Sydney University Boathouse.
John has also assisted his club by serving as the Treasurer over the past two years.
Not all of John’s achievements have been listed here but his career in sport has seen him make incredibly important contributions to rowing in Australia and through FISA around the world. Similarly he has made very important contributions to Australian rowing through his involvement with Rowing Australia (of which he is an Honorary Life member) and to Australian sport more widely through the AIS, the Olympic teams and his involvement with football (soccer) and volleyball, and several other sports along the way.
John’s award reflects his incredible commitment to FISA and world rowing – originally through his work as the first Secretary-General and in the following twenty two years through his consistent work on various FISA Commissions.  Many new initiatives have happened during this time, including the introduction of the World Cup, the Under 23 World Championships, Para rowing and many more.

Congratulations John Boultbee on this well- deserved award.

Top: John Boultbee - circa 2012  Bottom:John Boultbee circa 1978

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SUBC with a strong showing at The 2017 Head of The Yarra

SUBC with a strong showing at The 2017 Head of The Yarra

SUBC sent a contingent of Elite Men and Women, along with a group of Master Women to compete in the 2017 Head of the Yarra.

The Masters were off first for the club racing in the F-category, claiming a fourth place in the F-K division of the race. A number of SUBC winter program athletes were also present at the regatta, with Pymble Ladies College taking out wins in both the First and Second Eight Schoolgirl divisions.

In the Women’s Open Eight SUBC had six athletes competing in a composite crew, with SUBC’s Georgie Gotch, Gen Horton, Rowena Meredith, Serena Cox, Fiona Ewing and cox Dani Pettit joined by Olympia Aldersey from Adelaide Rowing Club along with Leah Saunders and Harriet Hudson from Sydney Rowing Club, the crew was coached by Alan Bennet and Alfie Young. The crew starting third in their category had a blistering first half demolishing the lead of the two Victorian boats in front of them, the impressive early race tactics resulted in multiple crews being side by side around some of the more difficult corners to tackle, as such blade clashes occurred, as well as difficulty making the narrow corners allowing the crews from Mercantile and Melbourne Uni to move ahead and go onto claim victory in the race. SUBC was also represented by Sally Kehoe, however not wearing her true club colours, Sal now living in Melbourne was part of the Mercantile eight that claimed victory in the event.

In the Men’s open eight the field was extremely tough this year, with all athletes from the Men’s national training centre spread across both club and composite crews. SUBC opted for a full club eight of Andrew Judge, Jacob Bicknell, Nick Purnell, Jack O’Brien, Cam Girdlestone, Campbell Watts, Jack Hargreaves, Alex Purnell and cox Will Raven, the crew was coached by club head coach Don McLachlan. The crew having not competed in the event in recent years started in 9th position out of the ten entries, this did not deter the crews spirit as they set off at a solid pace, overtaking a number of crews throughout the early stages of the race. The crew suffered a small equipment malfunction with the steering cable snapping at the halfway mark as they went around big bend, again the crew rallied and charged on, with pure passion for the club, they continued to hunt down the leading crews. SUBC finished in a strong third place, in what was the most hotly contested field of the day.

Overall the results were good, with the club placing themselves in a strong position for next year’s race. Thanks to Simon Pennington for driving the boats, AB and Lizzie Chapman for their assistance on race day and to Hawthorn Rowing Club for putting on such a great event.

Photo's Credit: Rowing Celebrations

Women's Eight, Photo Credit: Rowing Celebrations
Masters Eight, Photo Credit: Rowing Celebrations
Men's Eight, Photo Credit: Rowing Celebrations


In what has become a long-standing annual tradition our women's masters eight travelled to Melbourne last Thursday for the Head of the Yarra Regatta on Saturday 25th November. As the years go by the crew is now in the F- category ( min age 60 years) of the Masters section of the Time Trial The crew this year was:    

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Susan Tattersall [SUBC], Mary Boland [SUBC], Ruth Thompson [SUBC], Kirsten Liljeqvist [SRC], Stephanie O'Malley [SUBC], Kerrie Bigsworth [SUBC], Jo Pollett [SUBC], Gillian O'Malley [SUBC], Cox: Phillip Titterton [MOSM], Coach: Phillip Titterton

Starting on a hot and humid Melbourne day the crew covered the 8.6 km course in 36 mins and 26.16 seconds - finishing fourth of seven in F category.

A great effort of rowing by our women masters and by their veteran coach - Phil Titterton.


Our President Sarah Cook and the current SUBC Committee have commissioned a new major award for our club in memory of the late journalist, rowing mother and rowing supporter Rebecca Wilson.

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The shield is being made by noted Melbourne based sculptor, Jennifer Mann. The wooden base will be about 70 cms in diameter and in hardwood stained in walnut colour. The centre piece will be an etching of Rebecca Wilson in copper and coated in silver. This image will be around 30-35 cms in diameter.  The central image will be surrounded by 72 silver plaques on which the annual winner's name will be inscribed.

The President is seeking donations - we need to raise a further $3,000 to pay for this shield when it arrives in January 2018. To donate please email or call any of the SUBC Committee - contact details at:


Please see below a speech about this trophy given bt President Sarah Cook at the 2016 Boat Club Annual Dinner

Transcript of speech from 2016 SUBC Annual Dinner:

"Rebecca Wilson tragically lost her long and private battle with cancer last week. Many of her closest friends and family did not know of her illness, as this was a burden she did not want to place on those around her. This was a testament to her stoicism, resilience and importantly her vibrancy that those around her were not aware of her hardship and private battle.


Rebecca was a force of nature and a giant in her field of sports journalism. She paved the way for female journalists, and for those who dared question her right to be there her response was “get stuffed”. Bec was fearless, passionate, courageous, polarising, but her only agenda was the truth.   

Rebecca was a passionate supporter of rowing, and the Sydney University Boat Club. Over the years, many of us have gotten to know Bec through her help at rowing camps, organisation of fundraising events for the club, MCing events such as the Boat Race brunch, supplying weekly meals to the men’s eight throughout their Olympic qualification campaign, and her fight for the selection of the 2012 Australian Women’s eight for the Olympic Games. 


I am honoured to have called her a friend, a role model, and an inspiration. To always seek truth, fairness, justice and equity.

 In Rebecca’s honour, the boat club will this year be starting a new annual award, named the Rebecca Wilson Shield. The recipient of this award will be chosen by the president and awarded to a member of the club who has demonstrated some of Bec’s extraordinary qualities, including fearlessness, excellence, courage, strength, resolve, and leadership.

The trophy is to be funded by the alumni of the boat club and will be commissioned in the coming months. If you would like to contribute to the creation of this shield, I encourage you to please contact either myself or the committee.

Kind Regards,       Sarah Cook

The Club would like to thanks those who have contributed so far:

Deb Fox          $250.00

Eric Carter        $200.00

David Edwards  $500.00

Anne Titterton    $250.00

Susan Tattersall     $50.00

Alison Gotch         $250.00

Chris Noel              $300.00

Sarah Cook           $250.00

Estelle Clancy       $25.00

John Boultbee        $250.00

George Bawtree      $250.00

Francis Hegerty      $300.00


19th November 2017

Yesterday the Boat Club held its first Alumni Rowing day at its new boathouse in Burns bay lane Cove.

While only a couple of crews made it onto the water it represented the first opportunity for alumni to retirn to he club and row since our old boatshed was burnt down in 2006.

The next Alumni Day row will be announced soon – likely to a Saturday afternoon in early March 2018.

After the row the club had four new Sykes pairs to be christened.

These were the “Will Townsend” named after former SUBC competitor Will Townsend. Will also did quite a lot of coaching in the women’s squad after his competitive career. It was great to welcome Will back to the club for his first visit to the new boathouse.

The next pair was the “Nick Purnell” named after one of our recent great rowers. Nick rowed in four winning Kings Cup crews to date and was selected in the men’s eight for the 2012 London Olympics. Nick has just completed a year of work and has taken up an invitation to train at the men’s National Training Centre in Canberra. Nick could not be on hand and asked Chris Noel to do the honours and christen the boat but as Chris was back in hospital the task fell to Will Raven, our Vice President – Will read out a short speech by Chris Noel and Nick’s father Rod pouted the champagne.

A short note from that speech:” I want to talk about Nick’s contribution to our club – he has big personality to match his size and through his sheer enjoyment and love of the sport he has been able to contribute so positively to club, state and national crews in which he has rowed.

On and off the water Nick gives everything he has – his great spirit has inspired his crew mates and it has always inspired me. When you have rowers like Nick Purnell in your club it makes the tasks involved in keeping the club running more rewarding and pleasurable.

Loyal, determined, gregarious, fun loving, talented, hardworking, friendship – these are the words that come to the front of my mind when I think of Nick.”

The third pair was named after the long-serving Principal of St Andrew’s College –“Wayne Erickson”. The club wanted to thank Wayne for his assistance to the club in many ways including negotiating long term arrangements for St Andrew’s College men’s and women’s crews to use the club and equipment for training for the Rosebowl. Also for his encouragement of donations through St Andrew’s alumni to fundraising for the new boatshed. Wayne was on hand with his wife Debra to do the honours in naming the new boat.


The final boat christened was the “John Boultbee V”- like all previous boats John was not on hand for the event having to attend the AGM for the sport he is HP Manager for – Volleyball.

In his absence another better coxen – Will Raven stepped in and handles the duties acknowledging John’s huge support of the club over many years including contributing to the Sports Foundation – Boat Division at the Patron level and being one of our 5 Key donors in the fundraising for the new boatshed.


The Boat Club Annual Awards were handed out at the SUBC Annual Dinner attended by some of the stars of Australian Rowing last Saturday night.



 Presented at the Annual Dinner 4th Nov 2017


Jack Hargreaves

World Champion 2017 in M4- 


Rowena Meredith

Silver Medallist W4x 2017 U23 Worlds. Finalist W4x World Championships


Campbell Watts

No7 Australian Men’s Eight 2017. 2nd in B Final World Championships


Serena Cox

Award for contribution to the club on and off water over the last year


William Raven

Award for contribution to the club on and off water over the last year



SUBC's Alfie Young - 2017 Pathway Coach of the Year

Sydney University’s Head Women’s Coach Alfie Young was honoured at the Rowing Australia Awards Dinner on Saturday night with the Award of Pathway Coach of the Year.

At a glittering dinner attended by the Rowing Australia Board, staff , national teams and heaps of rowing devotees held in downtown Sydney Alfie was recognized for the athletes that he has developed into the National Training Centre.

At the Women’s NTC athletes like Rowena Meredith, Georgia Miansarow, Georgie Gotch and Gen Horton have all come from under age levels under Alfie’s guidance to be selected into senior ranks at the National Training Centre.

Alfie has established himself as one of the leading women’s development coaches in Australia. Only a week before the dinner he had combined with SUBC’s Debbie Fox as they coached the Sydney Uni women’s eight to their first ever win over the Melbourne University crew in The Australian Boat Race.

SUBC congratulates Alfie Young.

SUBC Clean Sweep in the 2017 Australian Boatrace:

SUBC Clean Sweep in the 2017 Australian Boatrace:

For the first time in the modern era of the Australian Boatrace, since its revival in 2010, Sydney University has won both the Men’s and Women’s Intervarsity Eight’s. Claiming the Edmund Barton Trophy and the Bella Guerin Trophy.

The Men continued their four-year winning streak, leaving the tally at seven wins from eight starts. The crew had a blistering start with a 1:21 first 500m, holding off Melbourne who had the early advantage with the bends on the river, the crew then lengthened out into an unstoppable rhythm to win by a number of lengths over the young Melbourne crew.
Seven of the nine in the crew were returning champions, with new inclusions Devlin Walsh and Leon Chambers.
Special shout out to Olympic Silver Medallist Sasha Belonogoff for winning his seventh race from seven starts, with the last three being as a graduate member of the crew. Men’s cox and captain Will Raven was also in his seventh race, with 2017 being his 6th win, who as far as our records show now has the world record for the most Intervarsity Boatraces as a current student, this comes as the Oxford and Cambridge race have the Rankov Rule limiting athletes to four undergrad and four postgrad races, and the Harvard Yale race having athlete eligibility regulations limiting the number of years they are allowed to compete as a student athlete.

The highlight of the day for SUBC came as the women went on to win their first Boatrace. The crew had a solid start, holding with Melbourne on the first straight, with Melbourne pulling away a few seats on the first bend in their favour. Sydney Uni stuck to their rhythm and as the course straightened out, they steadily chipped away at the Victorian crew. By the 1km mark, SUBC was clearly in front, and the crew never looked back. Stroked by Wallis Russell they kept their beat slightly higher than Melbourne, charging away to win by an 11-second margin, a near seventy-second turn around from the last few years of racing. The crew featured a number of national team reps with Wallis and Georgie Masters placing 6th at the U23 World Champs in the lightweight women’s quad, the crew was also strengthened by Harriet Hudson who claimed silver at this year’s U23 World Champs in the Women’s quad. The crew was captained by 6 seat and club women’s captain Dyone Bettega. This win is especially exciting for the club, with its recent rise in strength of women’s rowing, as well as how young the majority of the crew is with many more years of studying and boat races left for the majority of these athletes.

These wins come as the result of years of planning and building for the student base of the boat club, as well as a number of supporting factors notably being the dedication and drive of Chris Noel to recruit and support athlete development. Another important factor assisting the program has been the amalgamation of the men's and women's club in September 2015 and the introduction by our current President Sarah Cook of an integrated training and coaching program for both women and men.

The modern era of the Boatrace is a credit to Chris Noel's passion for the sport, with the support of both universities sports departments and vice-chancellors backing. For the club, this year is especially important, as it marked the opening of our new high-performance facility at Linley Point, the Thyne Reid Boat House, with the benefits of this training venue already being seen to be paying off with such an impressive season for the club.

The Winning Men’s Crew:
William Raven - Cox (Captain)
Cam Girdlestone - Stroke
Sasha Belonogoff - Seven
Leon Chambers -Six
Jacob Bicknell - Five
Andrew Judge - Four
Devlin Walsh - Three
Marcus Britt - Two
Jack Hanley - Bow
Morgan Brooking - Reserve
Don McLachlan - Coach
Dustyn Butler - Director

The Winning Women’s Crew:
Bec Harrison - Cox

Wallis Russell - Stroke
Georgie Masters - Seven
Dyone Bettega - Six (Captain)
Emma Fessey - Five
Harriet Hudson - Four
Carina Simpson - Three
Laura Triggs - Two
Lizzie Treloar - Bow

Jaime Ford - Reserve
Alfie Young - Coach
Debbie Fox - Coach

Sydney University Boat Club acknowledges the support of both Sydney Uni VC, Dr Michael Spence and Melbourne Uni VC Prof Glynn Davis for The Australian Boat Race.

Captains named for Sydney University - Australian Boat Race Crews

Sydney University has announced their captains for Australian Boat Race crews to race Melbourne University on the Yarra River on Sunday week 22nd October.

19-year-old Bachelor of Medical Science student Dyone Bettega will captain the women's eight and says the race is a classic example of putting one’s pride on the line in exchange for the honour of claiming the title for another year.

“The event fosters friendship, teamwork and sportsmanship within each crew but more importantly, among competitors,” Bettega said.

“I look forward to being a part of the tradition for another year and I wish the crews all the best on race day.”

The University of Sydney men’s team, hoping for their fourth consecutive win, will be captained and coxed by economics student William Raven, who also serves as the Vice-President of the Sydney University Boat Club. For Raven, who will be competing in his seventh Australian Boat Race, the event is unique not just for its longer and more winding river course, but for the competition that plays out on the water.

“The race has many undertones, with a massive rivalry not only between the universities but also between the boat clubs and the state rowing teams, with NSW and Victoria usually fighting it out for the top spot at the interstate regatta.”

Dyone Bettega : Sydney University Captain for the 2017 Women's Boat Race Crew

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Will Raven: Sydney University Captain for the 2017 Men's Boat Race Crew


Sydney Uni Announces 2017 Women's Eight for Australian Boat Race

Director of Rowing Dustyn Butler and women's coaches Alfie Young and Deb Fox have announced the final SUBC Women's crew for the 2017 Australian Boat Race to be held on the Yarra on Sunday 22nd October.

The crew will be :

 Cox. Rebecca Harrison

Stroke:. Wallis Russell

7. Georgie Masters

6. Dyone Bettega 

5. Emma Fessey

4. Harriet Hudson

3. Carina Simpson (graduate)

2. Laura Triggs

Bow. Elizabeth Treloar

Reserve. Jaime Ford

Below the crew is pictured in training this morning. This crew will attempt to take the trophy from Melbourne in the women's race for the first time since the race started in 2010.

Sydney Announce 2017 Men's Australian Boat Race Crew

Sydney University coaches Don McLachlan and Dustyn Butler have selected the 2017 Sydney University Men's Boat Race crew to compete against Melbourne on the Yarra River on 22nd October.

The crew is : Cox: Will Raven, stroke: Cam Girdlestone, Sasha Belonogoff, Leon Chambers. Jake Bicknell, Andrew Judge, Devlin Wals, Marcus Britt. Jack Hanley. Reserve: M0rgan Brooking

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Boat Club Honours Bruce Ross on Retirement.

Long-serving Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness President Bruce Ross has retired this year after a record 27 years in the role.

Bruce Ross retiring SUSF President with incoming President James Flynn.

Bruce Ross retiring SUSF President with incoming President James Flynn.

Boat Club Secretary Chris Noel was elected as Vice President of SUSF on the same night Bruce was first elected as President.

" I had the privilege of serving continuously with Bruce for just over 20 years on the SUSF Management Committee and am pleased to acknowledge the tremendous changes and improvements made at SUSF under Bruce's Presidency"

I'm pleased to have been involved in a number of long-term initiatives with Bruce, Greg Harris and senior Board members over this period"

Sydney University Sport and Fitness have launched a Sporting Scholarship in Bruce's name to acknowledge his amazing contribution to SUSF.

The Boat Club has like many other sporting clubs of SUSF contributed to the fund to support this scholarship.

.A note from Bruce Ross to our President, Sarah Cook is printed here :

"Would you please pass on to your members my sincere thanks for the Boat Club’s very generous contribution to the scholarships which are to be awarded in my name. I am very honoured by this but freely acknowledge that what has been achieved in sport at our University is very much the product of joint endeavour over many years. In particular, the tireless work of volunteers in our clubs has been critical in helping build a unique organisation across many different sports."


Sydney Dominates 2017 Australian Uni Games Rowing Champs

                                                           SUBC 2017 Rowing Team

                                                           SUBC 2017 Rowing Team

29th Sept 2017

The Boat Club team travelled to Wyaralong Dam on the Gold Coast for the 2017 Australian University Games. The contingent of athletes consisted of a good mixture of youth and experience and returned with what would have to be the best overall performance of Sydney University rowing at AUG’s in the last few years, winning both the Men’s, Women’s and Overall point score over the three days of racing.

A total of nine men and thirteen women were part of the SUBC team, in many cases having a smaller contingent than other universities with a number of athletes competing in four different boat classes over the three-day period.

The first day of heats saw the club dominate in most categories, with particularly impressive results in the bigger boats, with both the men’s and women’s eight producing wins by lengths of clear water over the field. These results trickled down into the medium boats, with the men’s and women’s coxed fours and the lightweight women’s quad progressing comfortably to book centre lanes for the A-Finals. Many small boats showed great form also progressing directly through to Friday’s finals.

The second day consisted of the repechages for a number of smaller boats, with all SUBC crews doing what was needed to qualify for the A-Final, placing the university in the best possible place, with every crew we entered qualifying in the top eight ranking in their respective event. Thursday also saw the mixed events being raced, with an eight and coxed four. The mixed four came out well, sitting with the field in the early stages of the 1000m race, with an impressive build to the line, they moved clear of the field to win comfortably. The eight was a similar story, with the crew starting slightly better than the rest of the field, and dominating the second half of the race to claim the victory.

Friday saw the racing of finals. The schedule was brought forward to account for anticipated winds. The club had many impressive performances, with a credit to all crews of racing the full 2000m even when out of medal contention.

Notable performances for the women came in the form of a strong Silver in the women’s eight, beating Melbourne Uni by a number of lengths, whilst Uni of Qld were out in front. This is particularly impressive with the upcoming Australian Boat Race, being the first time the women have beaten Melbourne in an intervarsity eight in a number of years. Other strong showings on the women’s side came from the women’s coxed four claiming Gold, the women’s lightweight quad claiming Gold and Wallis Russell taking Gold in the lightweight women’s single, capping off three golds and a silver for the week of racing.

The men showed they were back to their rightful place at the top of Australian University Rowing, taking wins in the pair, coxed four and eight. Notable mention must go to Jack Hanley with a close fourth in the lightweight men’s scull, Andrew Judge and Jacob Bicknell for claiming four Golds over the week, and to cox Will Raven for being part of his fourth Win in the Oxford and Cambridge Cup, Men’s Eight, a feat not many have done before.

The regatta also capped off a great season for the club, and as such a number of members have met the criteria for a University Blue, with Uni Games Victory being the final task to be achieved for a number of athletes.


Key Results:

Mixed Four;
Anna O’Hanlon, Jack Hanley, Morgan Brooking, Lizzie Treloar and Laura Triggs.
Mixed Eight; Bec Harrison, Leon Chambers, Jacob Bicknell, Andrew Judge, Marcus Britt, Wallis Russell, Harriet Hudson, Georgie Masters and Dyone Bettega.
Women’s Coxed Four; Anna O’Hanlon, Harriet Hudson, Dyone Bettega, Laura Triggs and Adelaide Scott.
Women’s Lightweight Quad; Wallis Russell, Georgie Masters, Lizzie Treloar and Bec Humphris.
Women’s Lightweight Single; Wallis Russell.
Men’s Coxed Four; William Raven, Leon Chambers, Jacob Bicknell, Andrew Judge and Marcus Britt.
Men’s Pair; Jacob Bicknell and Andrew Judge.
Men’s Eight; William Raven, Leon Chambers, Jacob Bicknell, Andrew Judge, Marcus Britt, Morgan Brooking, Harry Wright, Jayson Gilchrist and Jack Hanley.

Women’s Eight;
Bec Harrison, Wallis Russell, Georgie Masters, Harriet Hudson, Laura Triggs, Dyone Bettega, Adelaide Scott, Jaime Ford and Olina Parish.

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                                                              Women's Lightweight Quad

                                                            Men's Fours AUG Rowing 2017

                                                            Men's Fours AUG Rowing 2017

Sarah Tait's Super Saturday - Aussie Olympic Rowers break World and Local Erg Records

Five Olympians combined together in an attempt to break four world records on the erg. This was all done in memory of the late Sarah Tait, herself an Olympic silver medallist and stalwart of the Australian rowing team. Sarah sadly lost her battle with cancer in 2016, and was supported greatly by the Caritas Christie Hospice in the later stages of her life. The Caritas Christie Hospice was instrumental in the support of not only Sarah, but her family and friends as well.

"Modern medical developments are improving outcomes for patients every day. But some patients still face poor outcomes, and they and their support network of family and friends face significant challenges. Caritas Christie Hospice provides support for patients and their loved ones during this difficult time, aspiring to provide the best care and environment at such a precious time. 
Sarah's last few months in Caritas were filled with warmth, music and most importantly, family. Initiatives such as the art and music program helped create an open and caring environment, which means our memories of that time are much more positive and we were better able to support Sarah.
Supporting an athlete in this challenge means supporting families as well as patients, at a time when they need it the most". -Bill Tait


The rower decided on the world record challenges as a way of celebrating Sarah’s determination and toughness, whilst raising much-needed funds for the Caritas Christie Hospice.

Josh Booth was to attempt the 1000m world record, but due to being sick with drew. SUBC athlete, two time Olympian and current World Record Holder for the 1000m erg Sam Loch stepped in, with a 1minute attempt. The lack of preparation and being in Sam’s offseason was not in his favour, as such he did not break the record, yet still had an impressive average of 1:12.4/500m, peaking at 1:06/500m.

Josh Dunkley-Smith (JDS) two-time Olympic silver medallist had a crack at the 2km world record, already being the Australian record holder and only being 3 seconds off the current world record, JDS had an impressive race, especially given he was not competing for internationally in the post-Olympic year. The world record eluded JDS, however he did break his own Australian record with 5:38.6, and now has the third fastest 2km in history.

Karsten Forsterling, an Olympic silver and bronze medallist was attempting the one-hour erg world record. Karsten with a consistent performance broke the world record for 60minutes on the erg, in the 30-39 age category with an average of 1:38.4/500m.


The longest of the record attempts were completed by SUBC legends Matt Ryan and Nick Purnell. The two were facing the 100km tandem erg world record. They broke it up into two-minute blocks, with a quick change over to keep the erg ticking over. The duo was conservative early on, sitting around the current world record split, building momentum into the back end of the challenge. They went on to smash the previous record by 7minutes and 34seconds, averaging 1:39.2/500m for the entire 100km.

Overall the event was a success, they raised awareness of the Caritas Christie Hospice, broke a number of world and Australian records and most importantly have raised a substantial amount for the Hospice to continue their support of those in need. If you would like to donate head to


An invitation was extended to SUBC by the Xinjin Municipal Government of Chengdu to attend the 8th Xinjin International Universities Rowing Regatta during July and early August 2017.
A men's eight comprising of rowers from St Andrews, St Johns, St Pauls and Wesley colleges and a women's four from Wesley College along with coaches Charly Iron (M8+) and Gillian Campbell (W4-) and team manager Alan Bennett represented the University.
The tour was fully funded and managed by the Xinjin local government and Mr Li from SunFun Sports and Cultural Development Co Ltd.
The team departed Sydney on Wednesday 26th but unfortunately missed their connection in Shanghai due to a late departure. However, an overnight stay and flight the following morning saw them arrive fresh that afternoon.

Each team was allocated their own bus and translators (along with plain clothes police presence), which all departed the following morning to the regatta site to find their boats and oars and start the process of setting up before hitting the water.

 The course had 4 buoyed lanes over 800m on a river with navigable length of approximately 1000m, so there was not much room for eleven M8+ and eight W4- to practice on.

Each team finished their morning session and returned to the hotel for lunch with a view to having a second session that afternoon to fine tune things before racing commenced the following day.
However, the waters from the overnight storm had been released and this torrent washed away the buoy lines and littered the course with washed away trees and islands of weeds. The BROs worked closely with the regatta team that afternoon and early the next morning to remove the debris from the course but were unable to reinstate the buoy lines for racing.

This did mean that the adjustments to the rigging which was identified in the first row were not able to be tried out before racing.

The draw had been conducted at the team managers meeting on the first evening, with progression and the overall winner being based on the combination of times from heats and finals. The fastest four heat times went into Final A, the next four into Final B and so on. The W4- had not spent much time in the boat due to the individuals being unavailable and this lack of combination was highlighted in racing, especially without buoy lines to follow.

The crew was drawn in Ht2, L1 against Cambridge, Chengdu and another Chinese university finished 3rd, posting the 6th fastest time placing them in FB, L3.  In this final they finished 2nd, with the combined times giving them an overall placing of 6th in this event.

The M8+ had managed to put some good training sessions in over a four week period of time which showed in their combination, but with less than an hour between heat and final their lack of time in the boat compared to the other crews showed.

Being drawn in Ht1, L2 against MUBC, Chengdu and another Chinese university, they finished 3rd, posting the 6th fasted time which placed them in FB, L3. Here, they finished 3rd again, with their combined time placing them 7th overall.

At conclusion of racing there was a water display in jet skis and jet packs prior to the prize giving.
This was followed by the traditional " duck chasing" where ducks are released from an officials boat into the water and the locals who are in dragon boats, race in to the area with one or two of the paddlers diving into the water to catch and claim the duck as their prize.

The afternoon continued with a visit to a local primary school for all teams with an Education Forum where we were all seated in a quadrangle for a number of short talks from influential people. The theme was "Happiness in Persistence" addressing the benefits of a balanced study: training lifestyle and how this can lead to achievement at a higher level in a number of areas.

From here we walked across to another quadrangle to watch and get involved in some cultural activities such as traditional dancing, calligraphy, tie dye printing and the playing of instruments to name a few.

The cultural experience culminated with the Prize giving dinner which started with the giving and receiving of gifts, as part of the "Sharing and Gain" for the International Youth Fraternity before moving onto performances from Chinese dragons and mask dancing.Chengdu is renowned for its Sichuan Cuisine and the favourite dishes were served for the banquet after these performances.

Then it was crunch time when each team had to give their performance. Some of these had been planned and some were a bit more ad hoc. Our performer was George Bundock playing his bagpipes. Unbeknown to others, the performer from Oxford University also had his pipes with him and this ended up with a "pipe off" between the two, with of course, George coming out on top. By about now, the evening was finally coming to an end after a long busy day.

The next day was Dragon Boat racing. Mixed teams were formed to go and race in "The 3rd Chinese and Foreign Youth Dragon Boat Friendly Match". A familiarisation row was followed by heat and then final which was won by the all Chinese crews

The afternoon started with a visit to the "International Universities Rowing Race Pavilion" which is a museum of this event featuring much memorabilia and photos of the first race in 2009 which SUBC had been invited to.  From here we visited the nearby "Hua Ren Jian Park" which had an amazing display of flowers in a warehouse size greenhouse as well as a pond with pedal boats.

The last day was again filled with activities such as a visit to see the pandas, followed by a sensational lunch, a visit to Chengdu museum and shopping before returning to the hotel to collapse.

Finally it was time to leave with an early departure from the hotel at 0530hrs, a 7hr lay over in Hangzhou before the final leg back to Sydney. Overall the event was a great success for the organisers and also for SUBC, with everyone having a memorable time and also performing to the best of their ability.

Thanks must go to the Xinjin Municipal Government of Chengdu and Mr Li, along with Glen Sinclair from Otago University who is a major player in organising these events and was instrumental in inviting SUBC to attend this event.

The crews:
M8+ : Nick Jackman( St Andrews) Gus Robinson (St Andrews). Jackson Garrels (St Pauls), Maxwell Glanville,  Harry Tuit (St Pauls), George Bundock ( Wesley) , Alistair Northam (Wesley), Andrew Cameron (Wesley), Dom Tynan ( St Johns). Res : Matt Hinds ( Wesley)

W4- : Saskia Hartog (Wesley), Georgia Campbell (Wesley), Amelia Hellicar-Foster ( Wesley), Florence Potter ( Wesley), Res: Fanqiu Cui

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                                          The SUBC Team Heading Off

                                          The SUBC Team Heading Off

                                                      Teams Rigging

                                                      Teams Rigging

                                                   Racing in Xinjin

                                                   Racing in Xinjin

         Some of the wonderful cultural activities on the trip

         Some of the wonderful cultural activities on the trip

                    Duelling Bagpipes - Bundock of Sydney Uni and Oxford

                    Duelling Bagpipes - Bundock of Sydney Uni and Oxford

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