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.

Taree Camp 2016

Taree Camp 2016

SUBC started off the 2016 season in fine form, with a number of crews successfully winning their first hit out of the year at the Taree Summer Regatta. Notable results were seen from the women's side with a dominant performance in both the Scull (Fiona Ewing) and Quad (Fiona Ewing, Olivia Ashby, Carina Simpson and Ash Lister). The men equally showed form with a first, second and third finish in the men's pair, the win was taken out by Andrew Judge and Angus Robinson. Men's Scullers Campbell Watts, Jack Hanley and Alex Purnell also produced good wins in the single sculls. The highlight of the regatta was a clear stand out performance by the combined efforts of both the men's and women's sides of the recently amalgamated club, with the mixed eight have a start to finish win to take out this event for the third year running. Our photo shows the SUBC mixed eight being presented with medals for winning the Taree Regatta.

Vale Maurie Grace - SUBC Coach

Vale Maurie Grace - SUBC Coach

The Australian rowing community was saddened today to learn of the passing of Australian Olympian and Sydney University Coach, Maurice Grace. Born in 1929, the New South Welshman represented Australia in the Men’s Pair at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games.Maurie Grace was the patriarch of an Australian rowing dynasty, with his son-in-law Tim Conrad also a rowing Olympian (1976, Montreal Olympic Games – Men’s Eight) and his grandson, Sam Conrad most recently represented Australia in the Men’s Eight at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

SUBC Appoint New Coach - Dustyn Butler

SUBC Appoint New Coach - Dustyn Butler

Sydney University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dustyn Butler to the position of Assistant Coach. Dustyn will work with our Head Coach Mark Prater primarily (but not exclusively) in the men’s development program taking responsibility for development of the U23 and U21 groups.

Matt Ryan Calls it a Day

Matt Ryan Calls it a Day

Rowing is one of those sports where even the truly great athletes fade away from competition. Not for rowing the glitzy press conference with its pre-ordained routine, the trite questions and answers about more family time. Even if rowing was a headline sport those of us who know the sport realize that while our great athletes appreciate the acknowledgement of their success and work most prefer understatement and the satisfaction of success won from the hard work put in. And so it was the case with one of Sydney Uni Boat Club's greatest ever rowers - word filtered quitely out of Melbourne that Matt Ryan was not rigging up the boat, pulling on the zootie and preparing his hands for another season of gruelling work.

Toby Lister Bows Out

Toby Lister Bows Out

One of our club's most successful ever coxens, Toby Lister, has announced he is retiring from coxing after a stellar career. Toby's involvement with rowing started at Shore School where he coxed their first VIII to two GPS Head of the River wins and two Australian Schoolboy Eight Championships in 2003 and 2004. Subsequently he joined Sydney University Boat Club coxing a national junior four and the going on to cox university eights at U21 , U23 and Open level over a period of ten years.

Gap Narrows in Historic Battle

In 1888 the old Blues of Oxford and Cambridge donated a trophy for Intervarsity Rowing Competition in Australia. 125 years later this magnificent trophy The Oxford and Cambridge Cup) is still competed for in the men's eights each year at the Intervarsity Rowing

Four Sydney Uni Rowers Awarded 2015 Blues

Four Sydney Uni Rowers Awarded 2015 Blues


Four Sydney University Boat Club rowers were awarded sporting blues at the Annual Blues Dinner held in the Great Hall last Saturday. Thirsty six students were awarded blues for outstanding performances over the approximately 45 sporting clubs of the university.

From the Boat Club, Campbell Watts, Jake Bicknell, Tom Whitehead and Jack Cook were awarded Blues for performances which included wins in the Australian Championships in the U23 Men's Eight, The U21 Men's Pair and the NSW Youth Eight which won the interstate regatta by over eight seconds and wins in the Oxford and Cambridge Cup eights at the Australian University Championships.

Pictured in our photo are Campbell Watts (studying Liberal Arts) and Jake Bicknell (studying Engineering) in their just presented Blues jackets.

2015 Australian Boat Race – Men’s Eights -a Coach Perspective

2015 Australian Boat Race – Men’s Eights -a Coach Perspective


SUBC Racing past MUBC ABR 25 Oct 15 SUBC Men's eight cross to the southern bank as they race past the boatsheds on the Yarra ABR 25th Oct 2015


The Australian Boat Race is an event SUBC look forward to every year. With only a fifty percent winning record on the Yarra since the race's re-creation in 2010, I was nervous as a coach, knowing how much it means to MUBC to impress on their home turf. The men's race went to another level in 2013 with clashing oars and an extremely tight battle for most of the race. In 2011, the lead changed a number of times and Melbourne came home very strong in final stages to only just miss out. So for us, we were going into this year's race not taking anything for granted and using the first few days to readjust to the bends and the flow. Our preparation was great but I knew with the calibre of guys in the Melbourne boat, it wasn't going to come easy.


In what is a relatively hectic pre-race period (for domestic rowing events), the crew chat was centred around staying internal, and being gutsy - not necessarily by rowing harder per se- but by rowing well, and executing skills, and keeping form, for the whole race.


I have to say, I didn't see the start of the race because the coverage cut out at the start line - but from what the boys have told me, it was the best start we did all week, where everything clicked, everyone was focused, and on the same page. This set up a great platform to get into the rhythm we had practiced all week, and which is normally our strength as a club. I think once the nerves settled after the start, the execution of that rhythm was spot on, set up by two really experienced guys in Cam Girdlestone and Sasha Belonogoff. For the bulk of the race, sitting in the mid to low thirties, the rhythm was consistent and set up by good pressure and intent under the water. It was pleasing to see that we never were happy or complacent with our lead and it continually stretched out over the four kilometre course. Will Raven did a great steering job and was ruthless in his demands for the guys to keep their foot on the gas. As someone who was involved in the saga that was 2013, it was extremely satisfying to dominate the way we did this year. It is something that sticks with you for a while - win or lose - so it's nice knowing we got the job done and we have some really good potential in big boats for the rest of the season.


Racing under Swan St Bridge ABR 2015

Last but certainly not least, there aren't much better things in life than beating  our southern neighbours . (particularly on their home course)!


We look forward to next year where hopefully we can make another statement on the great Sydney Harbour, at the home of Rowing.


SU Women Start Long Way Back - 2015 Australian Boat Race

SU Women Start Long Way Back - 2015 Australian Boat Race


The 2015 Australian Boat Race will be the start of a long way back for the Sydney University Women’s eight and for one of its key members. Liz Kell last competed internationally for Australia at the Beijing Olympics as a member of the Australian Women’s eight and nationally at the 2010 Australian Championships. By 2010  Kell was having back problems and had to withdraw from rowing in the New South Wales Queen’s Cup crew at that regatta.

Kell wininer 2007 Uni Champs single scull

Kell University Single Scull Champion 2007

Five years later (after a long stint living in rural New South Wales)  Kell is back in full training and hoping to regain the form that not only saw here selected regularly for Australia but also brought her and sculling partner, Brooke Pratley, gold in the double scull in the 2006 World Championships. Kell’s aim is selection in the women’s team for Rio 2016 and this distance event will be her first competitive test and a good evaluation of how far she is from the form that will be required of her.

Similarly this year’s Australian Boat Race should be the start of the way back for the Sydney Uni women’s eight. Having been comprehensively outclassed in the Boat races from 2010-2014 the current Sydney crew is a stronger group than previous years.

Laura Triggs who joined the women’s squad a year ago was previously a high performance cyclist and is currently rowing a pair with fellow crew Carina Simpson. Holly Lawrence returns to the team this year – Holly was a member of the New South Wales lightweight quad at this year’s interstate regatta.

Six of the 2015 crew competed in this year’s Gallagher Great Race in Hamilton, New Zealand. While buoyed by having a stronger crew this year the Sydney Uni women understand the broad depth and experience that the Melbourne crew carries – with many of that team representing Australia at international level several times. This year’s Sydney crew will be the best prepared yet – but it rowing pundits agree – it’s still a long way back for Sydney – this is the start.

The women’s eights race at 10.15 am this Sunday 25th October on the Yarra River.