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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.

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.

Blues For 2009 Awarded

Blues For 2009 Awarded


Sasha Belonogoff (Aus U23 Men’s Quad 2009 -silver at World U23) , Nick Purnell (Aus U23 Men’s Eight 2009) and Charles Budd and Ed White ( Aus Men’sU23 Lightweight Four 2009) were presented with the “Blues” jackets at the Annual Blues Dinner in the Great Hall of Sydney University on 21st November. Pictured here is from left is Ed, Nick, Sasha, club captain Nick Hudson, Elite Athlete manager Ian Evans and Charles on the far right.

Both Nick and Sasha have made the remarkable achievement of gaining a Blue in their first year at University.

The 2009 Blues recipients join a distinguished group of Sydney Uni Boat Club rowers including Marty Rabjohns 2004 (2008 Olympic eight cox), Nick Hudson 2003 (pictured, medallist at U23 and Sen A Worlds), Francis Hegerty 2002 (bronze medallist 2003 U23 and Olympic silver medallist 2008) and Terrence Alfred 2005 (2007 U23 bronze medal and stroke of the 2009 winning NSW Kings Cup crew.

Blues were also awarded to SUWRC rowers Sally Kehoe, Sarah Cook and Kylie Duff.

Historic Link to 2007 Blues

Two significant historic links have emerged in 2007 Sporting Blue Awards announced last week by Sydney University. The three recipients from SUBC include Mitch Estens, Andrew Connolly and Cam Girdlestone.

Mitch and Andrew were Australian representatives in the 2007 Men?s U23 Eight and Cam in the U23 Lightweight four.

Cam Girdlestone?s ancestor Henry Girdlestone was stroke of the 1885 Oxford Eight and earned his Blue for selection in this crew.)

This Blue oar from 1885 is pictured here.

Congratulations from all at Sydney University Rowing.

On another note Edward Noel has been awarded a Blue in Soccer for 2007, just 36 years after his father and SUBC Vice President, Chris Noel was awarded his Blue in Boat.

Chris Clyne - Male Blue of the Year

With his father George and mother Tina in attendance , SUBC National U23 World rep and 2006 Silver Medallist in the Coxed Four, Chris Clyne accepted his Sydney University Blue. At the end of the evening Vice Chancellor Gavin Brown announced Chris as the 2006 Sydney University Male " Blue of the Year" following his good result in the U23 World Coxed Four Championship.

Chris is graduating this year in Arts/Law and his win this year and his silver medal was achieved despite some setbacks when his pair partner at the National Championships withdrew with injury on the morning of the selection section of the regatta.

Chris subsequently gained selection at the 2nd selction regatta through initial scull racing and then a " speed order" trial in the selector's preferred boat. Chris rowed with SUBC's Fergus Pragnell in this crew and two young oarsmen from South Australia. The crew was coached by former SUBC Coach, Andrew Randell.

New Boat And Rowing Blues Awarded

After a very successful 2002-5 season seven new Rowing Blues were awarded last night at the Great Hall of Sydney University. After the guests were primed by a long list of outstanding sporting achievements in 2005 the new Blues were introduced to the audience one by one and the Chancellor, Kim Santow presented the 2005 blazers. In Rowing Blues went to SUWRC Captain Yasmin ?Estrange and her pair partner Laura Polin as well as to Olympic Cox Katie Foulkes and Junior World rowing bronze medallist Elsa O?Hanlon. On the men?s side Terrence Alfred, Will Chambers and Pat Wilson were awarded Blues.

Terrence, Pat and Will were important contributors to SUBC?s success in 2005 and included in their outstanding performances were wins in the NSW U21 Eights and NSW Championship Eights. All three were victorious at 2005 AUG in the Oxford and Cambridge Cup while Pat won the pair as well and Will the Double Scull.

All three have just completed exams and are busy training as they attempt to earn representative honours for Australia in 2006.

A highlight of the dinner this year was the attendance of new Australian Socceroo and Sydney Uni player Michael Thwaites. Michael gave the audience and insider?s view of the teams World Cup qualifier against Uruguay in and endearing interview with soccer tragic, Mr University, Adam. Next week Michael rejoins his club FC Nacional in Rumania.

The Vice Chancellor, in his most competitive mood was called to announce the Blue of the Year which he did after fiercely and cruelly highlighting the outstanding performance of Sydney University in the latest "grants" round. The Male Blue of the Year went to Robin Bell for winning the 205 World Championship in Canoe Slalom after a great fourth at the 2004 Olympics and the Female Blue of the Year was won by jacqueline Bonnitcha who had earlier in the year won the World Championship in 29'er sailing in San Franscisco. It was also announce that Jacqueline's brother Jonathon himself and outstanding sailor has been awarded a Rhodes Scholraship.

On a day when Sydney University was deep in competition with three eights and a four contesting the Head of the Parramatta and a number of our elite members making a trip to Melbourne for the new Head race it was a fitting evening to pause and celebrate the achievements of our rowers as individuals.

Special hello goes to Lin Ryan, mother of Matt, for her 50th birthday also celebrated on the same night as the Blues Dinner 2005.

Uni Sport Male Athlete Of The Year

Fergus Pragnell was accorded yet another honour last week when he was named Australian University Sport's Male Athlete of the Year for 2004. Fergus attended the AUS Planning Conference in Brisbane where the award was presented on Thursday evening and by 11 am the next morning was back at the International Regatta Centre in Penrith rowing to another Inter Col victory in the Paul's College Eight.

This award caps a great year for Fergus as he previously won the Sydney University Male Blue of the Year at the 2004 Blues Dinner.

Fergus with pair partner and Club Captain Ian Allsop was a member of the 2004 Australian U23 Coxed Four that won gold at the World U23's. Soon after returning from that trip Fergus joined the SUBC Intervarsity Eight to win the coveted Oxford and Cambridge Cup at Lake Barrington in late September 04. In January 2005 Fergus was selected in the NSW Youth Olympics rowing team and at the 2005 State Championships was in the SUBC eight which won the men's elite eight for the first time since 1975. Fergus continued his season with wins in the U23 Pair, Four and Eight at the 2005 Nationals and was selected again in the 2005 U23 Australain Team - this time in an eight which begins training next week.

Congratulations Fergus.

New Blues Awarded in 2004

Fergus Pragnell, Damon Hietbrink and Marty Rabjohns were on stage at the Sydney University 2004 Blues Dinner to receive their Blues jackets and certificates from the Chancellor, Justice Kim Santow. The garbing of the new Blues of 2004 was the highlight of the Annaul Blues dinner held in that traditional place, the Great Hall of the university. Guest speaker , John Langford, spoke about his time at Sydney University and how he was almost press ganged into his first game of rugby in his first year as a student. How the persistence of Patrick Cunningham saw him playing fifth grade initially one Saturday with no prior knowledge of rules and tactics. How he became a devotee of the game and went on to play four tests fro the Wallabies.

The final job of the evening was for Vice Chancellor, Gavin Brown, to announce the male and female Blues of the Year. Female Blue was Angela Ballard, bronze medallist in track at the 2004 Para Olympics and Male Blue of the Year went to SUBC's own Fergus Pragnell. Fergus's achievement in winning Gold at the U23 Worlds in the Coxed Four was recognized as an outstanding achievement for a 19 year old first year student.

Damon Hietbrink was recognized for his outstanding performances in Youth Cup . Damon represented NSW in both the 2003 and 2004 Youth Cups, winning the eight and four in 2003 and the four and pair in 2004. In addittion Damon won the U21 eight at the 2004 NSW Championships and was, with our two other 2004 Blues, a member of the winning 2004 Oxford and Cambridge Cup eight.

Marty Rabjohns achieved the rare feat of winning a Blue while at the same time filling his role as head Coach of SUBC. In 2004 Marty steered the NSW Kings Cup Eight to victory, the fiirst since 1984, and was ten selected both as coach of the Australian Junior Four and cox of the Australian Senior Coxed Pair. To round out a big year Marty coxed and co-coached the SUBC Oxford and Cambridge Cup crew to their win in Tasmania, our first in this event since 1993.

Three members of our sister club SUWRC were also awarded Blues in 2004. Megan Crawford and Kylie Grant and Katie ( whose surname has temporarily escaped the writer) were all members of the SUWRC eight which won the 2004 NSW State Championships.

Sydney University Sports Awards Dinner

Last night at the Sydney University Sports Annual Award dinner, Simon Strong and Stewart Wood were award Westpac Sportsmen of the year for 2002. The award was presented jointly by Prof. Gavin Brown (Vice Chancellor) and David Bower (Westpac, Regional Executive, Sales & Service). Professor Gavin Brown read a brief overview of the pair's achievements from 2002, which highlighted the calibre of athletes receiving the award.


Achievements for 2002:

2nd NSW State Championships 2002, Mens Lwt 2-

2nd NSW State Championships 2002, Mens Lwt 4-

1st NSW State Championships 2002, Mens Lwt 8+

Australian Nationals 2002, Mens U/23 Lwt 2-

1st Australian Selection Regatta, Mens U/23 Lwt 2-

Selected into the Aust U/23 Lwt Coxless 4-

3rd World U/23 Regatta, Genoa, Aust Lwt Coxless 4-


SUSU Scholarship Holders

NSWIS Siler Scholarship Holders

This award has also been won in recent years by some of SUBC's young alumni, Mike Wiseman and Alex Headley. Well Done guys, a fantastic effort, we look forward to seeing you on the water soon.