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A Recovery Slushie with Spencer


It must be thirsty work giving exclusive interviews to the national Media. “Our” Spencer recovers with a Slushie and a chat to the camera. Look out Don he has an eye on the Head Coach job at SRC. Click here for the Youtube vision.

Turrin Eyes Olympic Medal

As proud of Spencer Turrin as all of us are at SRC, his home town is pretty well pleased with their Olympic hopeful too. With only one other Olympian hailing from the timber and dairy town of Dungog in country NSW.


Equestrian, Kevin Bacon represented Australia at three Olympic Games in 1964, ’68 and ’76.  Bacon never brought Olympic glory in the form of an Olympic  medal home to Dungog but Spencer has his heart firmly set on doing just that.

In a recent interview with the Newcastle Herald Spencer confessed;  “I was never that good at sport growing up, I was a bit of a fat little boy, so I don’t know, I always thought I’d probably try to play for the Wallabies and be a front rower for them, because I was pretty fat,” he laughed. “But I’ve trimmed out a bit since then.”

Spencer and his equally trim pair partner SRC’s Alex Lloyd leave for training and regattas in Europe on Tuesday before their Olympic debut in Rio. We wish all our SRC Olympians the best of luck over the coming months. Click here for the full Newcastle Herald story.

Masters make medals at Championships – by Kirsten Liljekvist

SRC shone in glorious conditions, viagra with a medal haul of 7 gold, seek 9 silver and 5 bronze at last weekend’s State Masters Championships at SIRC.

The Legends


Steve Handley’s Legends were first to race in a trial to gain representation for the state team at the Master’s Nationals in June.  Conditions were perfect and the racing swift, the Mosman crew, containing a recent Olympian in Dan Noonan had to row the course in under 3 minutes to claim the right to represent NSW, they did this in a time of 2:59.86 with SRC close behind in 3:01.70.


Hugh McLeod made the trip down from his new domicile of Taree to compete once again in the light blue with Gavin Parcsi he did so admirably, claiming silver in the B4- and gold in the B4x.  Hugh was a member of composite crews that made the dais in the C4x  (silver) and D4x (silver).  Hugh has ages 27 – 50 covered in the quad.


It turned out to be an expensive trip for Macca, who posted a cry for help from the M4 on his way to Penrith, with two singles atop his car, the Police pulled him over for overhang and there he had to wait to be rescued by a Trailer. Despite some friendly legal advice from Liam James, a hefty fine ensued, together with the loss of valuable demerit points.


Gavin Parcsi also paired up with Michael Hart from UNSW and had some great results taking a medal in the AB2- and AB2x.


Dorothy De George and Kaye Smythe were back to their winning ways taking out the H2x.  Despite family wedding preparations distracting Kaye from her usual intense preparation and training, she still managed a dais finish in the G1x.  Dorothy and Kaye later teamed up with Deb Church and Noni Martin to claim the silver in the G4x.  Noni and Deb winning silver in the F2x.


Ken Ambler, Rick Martin, Carl Quitzau and Geoff Raymond took the silver in the F4x.  Ken and Charles Lloyd Jones came together with a couple of Glebe rowers to win silver in the E4-.  Charles also took a Bronze along with Martin Little in the E2-.  Ken bagged silver in the G1x.


A new SRC combination of JA Brighton, Donna Chan, Helen Bremner and Jo-Anne Armstrong had a good hit out to qualify for the final in the WC4x.


Disaster struck The Legends who collided with a wayward 2- whilst warming up on the back lake for the D8+. This resulted in a return to shore for speedy repairs.  Boat Race Officials held up racing whilst repairs were effected.  Safely back on the water this crack crew managed regained their composure to win the D8 race.


Back on land, half the crew was changed for the E8+ result – GOLD.  The crew divided by two again to contest the D4- result – GOLD and BRONZE, break it down once more for a D2- GOLD.  The mercurial, Roger Brighton was in each of the Gold medal winning boats.


Husband and wife team Rick and Noni Martin teamed up with Ken Ambler and Deb Church to win the mixed D-F 4x.  Rick and Noni went on to win in the D-F2x.


Your author was lucky, on the back of little training due to injury, I stepped into a C8+ with only one chance of glory, this being my only race of the championships.  Glory hurts.  GOLD makes it worth it!


Wishing the master’s team every success at Nationals in Queensland.

Andrew and the Li-gue of Justice – by John Bivell

In bright November morn and April afternoon

Shedding top-button ties and uniformed cocoon

A migration assembles on a wooden pontoon.

To heads, place, launch! – and the waves they festoon.

Such was the origin of our aspiring rowers. Under the tutelage of Paul “Eskimo” Coates, Luke “Traps” Stait and Sean “’60s” Madeley, the future of the tribe club tested their wings and took flight. We’ve followed their story from the very beginning; the falters, the sacrifice, and the triumph. Now, in the final instalment for this season, we witness the thunderous climax of their interwoven journeys. The hand of Destiny, esoteric in design, had ordained their paths, like rains after drought, billow and muster down dusty riverbeds until they crest and collide at their tumultuous destination – Taree.


The 2016 Combined High Schools (CHS) Regatta had begun.

School ended on Friday 29th to the usual hustle and bustle of relieved weekenders. The CHS competitors each piled into their respective vehicles and, with Curtis “Battlelines” Aroney toting our Newington-donated trailer, embarked on the 5 hour drive north. Sydney eventually jettisoned the sluggish traffic onto the motorway for a cheeky Macca’s run; coal was all the rage; Civ 5 helped pass the time; and a cheeky accruing of beer mats saw one nifty little man become a surrogate father. After reaching the motel and cooling down with a few rounds of 500, the boys and coaches retired to their ample accommodation. A big day lay tomorrow.

Saturday saw a sleepy entourage ambling its way towards Manning River Rowing Club. They were greeted by recent emigrant Hugh McLeod, but there was no time to play catch-up. The Men’s Championship Scull saw Lloyd “Sing-a-long” Caetano place second in his heat and Max Brenner place first. The sole Asquith Boys High School competitor Evan “Cameraman” Wang also came second, an achievement made all the more notable given it was his first CHS.

Not long after was the under 17 Double Scull. The first heat was graced with four vivacious combos, the first being Ben “Soap” Brenner and Tal “Tobasco” Lewis from Sydney Secondary College, Leichhardt Campus. The second double was from Concord High School, Cristian “Feet” Pezo and Lucas “Uncle Grandpa” Chabo. From the Fort were Stephen “Coup” Lowe and Bradley “Fisheye” Deng in one boat and Aaron “Sunscreen” Winata and Richard “Tinder” Quach in the other. Tal, Lucas, Bradley, Stephen, Richard and Aaron were at their first CHS after months of dedicated training. A long battle down the course saw Leichhardt and Concord progress to the final. In the other heat were Jason “Noodle” Huang and Adrian “Ducktor” Castillo racing against John “Hen” Bivell and Alexander “Smug” Migdalias. For Jason, Alexander and Adrian this was also their CHS – John and Alexander progressed to the finals.

The Championship Men’s Scull Semi-finals returned later that day; Evan placed a well-earned third and Lloyd and Max progressed to the finals. Our two under 16 rowers,  Andrew “Twenty Dollar Bill” Li and Rahel “500” Sahni hit their double heats soon after but were o’ertaken by a Boy’s High rower and Sydney acquaintance Tim “Lamb” Trent. The under 17 Men’s Scull saw Richard, Stephen and Lucas row exceptionally, especially considering it was the former two’s first single race. John and Cristian progressed from their heat – ditto with Tal – while Ben Brenner in the elimination position of third pulled off an incredible 20 metre push that saw him come from two boat lengths behind to take a cheeky second place and progress, to the jubilation of his screaming team mates onshore, to the final. Max and Lloyd pulled an easy win in their Championship Double Scull, gearing up for the big race of the day and indeed the regatta – the Inter-Regional Eight.

A bizarre conglomeration of singlets and zooties cast off from the beach that afternoon. In stroke, 7 and 6 seat were the green and gold Concord colours: Cristian, Lloyd and Max. Next was a fine Bathurst lad by the name of Simmons who joined the Sydney North eight on account of being his region’s sole rower. After that was Evan representing Asquith leading stroke four, the remainder of which were Fort Street pair Alexander and John with Lucas from Concord in bow. Our cox was from North Sydney Girls. The mood was confident in the boat as they sallied to the start line: some snappy and at times scathing banter took place between the Sydney North eight and the bow pair of the Sydney Boys eight next door, Tal and Ben from Leichhardt. Despite some cutting words from Max Brenner to his younger brother, the Sydney Boys/Leichhardt eight flew off the start line and held a narrow lead all the way down the course to trump the expectant Fort Street/Concord/Central Tablelands/Asquith/North Sydney Girls crew. With the banter resolved in the heat of the race, the first day drew to a close.

Sydney Boys and the Sydney Rowers all headed to the beach right after the races ended. A hearty game of cricket and some turbulent waves were had as the Sun set behind the continent. Once the mad sand sprints and beach-going were exhausted – despite the arrival of both teacup puppy and horse – the boys went home for a hearty barbeque. A phat pheed was provided with all manner of sumptuous meats. A massive shout-out to the coaches as well as the supportive parents: Mr Bivell, Mr Migdalias, Mr Brenner and Mr Lewis. Dinner done, the rowers had a cheeky night full of cards, Uncle Grandpa, How to Train Your Dragon and assorted pillowy altercations.

Sunday. Finals Day. The nerves were up – this was serious. It was where novices become rowers, boys become Ben and might begets medals. The U17 double was stacked with our lads – Fort Street, Concord and Leichhardt represent. At the word go, Maitland Grossman took off and left a hard-fought battle in their wash. Crabs were caught, medals were sought and John and Alexander took the silver home for Fort Street. Third was taken by Ben and Tal while Concord left Sydney Boys in the dust in fourth. A great achievement all round – but it wasn’t over yet. Leichhardt and Concord jumped straight into the pairs and blitzed the Championship Final. Max and Lloyd came first, Cristian and Lucas came a solid second second and Ben and Tal fourth after some navigational shenanigans.

“Behold,” the wise proclaimed while viewing the U17 Coxed Quads boating, “beyond lies the beef.” Sydney Boys, Fort Street and Fort Street were gunning for gold. It had started to rain but spirits were kept up; the weather smiled upon the rowers as start time drew near. With an enthusiastic exchange of “Good luck!” they accelerated off the finish. Oh, how they fought the lions of Sydney Boys. The cox John bellowed himself hoarse egging his crew of Alexander, Adrian, Andrew and Rahel slowly onto first place, while opposing Fortian coxswain Stephen kept the boys Jason, Richard, Aaron and Bradley working hard down the track. With 250 to go, it was now or never. John urged his crew to within a few bowballs of first place – but a last 20 metre push by Sydney Boys secured them the victory. A solid race, a solid achievement – next year, they conferred, would be crunch time.

Max and Lloyd took out first and second in the Men’s Championship Scull, with Max’s lead matched only in immensity by the C on his back. Once again, the eights lined up, this time for the Championship Eight. It was Sydney Boys, stroked by Tim Trent, versus Fort Street – Bradley, Jason, Adrian, Alexander, Richard, Rahel, Stephen, John and coxswain Aaron. This battler crew had trained hard together, having spent the last five months discovering the sport. Facing an experienced eight, they remained undaunted in the face of adversity and gave it their all. From the moment the starter blew his whistle, they showed their mettle and gave Sydney Boys something to fight against for the race. The experience High boys won a solid victory, but they had been warned. The warning shot graze their neck. Next year, they muttered, when the congratulating cheers had subsided. A hardened Fort Street crew would tap up to the start, ready to take that shield home to Petersham for the Fort.

The day slowly wound down – Cristian, facing an international rower from Maitland Grossman, came a well-earned third in the U17 Single Scull Final, with Ben, John and Tal taking the following positions. The Championship Double Scull was won with ease by winners Max and Lloyd who, with the exception of the Inter-Regional Eight, received perfect win scores. Max was proclaimed most proficient male sculler, while Sydney Girls won the regatta point score yet again over Sydney Boys and Grafton. With big grins, school chants and a bucket load of fresh CHS merch, it was time to leave. This 17-man team could never have existed without the parents who came along, but especially without the dedicated coaches. They put in countless hours of training, advice and motivation; they’ve been truly legendary. Shout out to Sean and Luke for stepping up and always helping out, and of course to Paul for the Trump memes, Migoreng chats and oodles of rowing loot. The lads had come a long way – for Evan and Max their CHS journey ended in 2016. But for team icon Lloyd, old-timers Cristian and Ben, and of course the dedicated and upcoming squadron who showed such commitment and humour these past five months – they will return. CHS had been scorched by the flames of Sydney Rowing Club. Now, as CHS 2017 beckons, be warned – they, tasting victory, shall idle ne’er be.


Saunders on way to Selection Regatta

Congratulations to Leah Saunders,  who has this week been named as a traveling reserve for the Australian Senior A Women’s 8+,  just four days before the team is  flying out to begin a training camp at the European Training Centre in Varese, Italy.

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Leah Saunders

The short notice, due to sickness and injury in the crew has provided the opportunity for Leah to step up and fulfil the role of reserve.  It appears history is repeating itself,  as a similar situation last year resulted in Leah replacing a crew member of the under 23 W4x that went on to win a silver medal at the under 23 World Championships in Bulgaria.

There’s no doubt Saunders knows how to slot into a crew and she brings with her a wealth of successful international experience.

As the women’s 8+ is an unqualified boat for the Rio Olympics they will be seeking a top two result at the Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland from the 23rd – 25th May. The event known as the “Regatta of Death” will be a high stakes race for an opportunity to row at the Olympics. Should the crew qualify we will continue to see Leah’s involvement at World Cup Two.

We wish Leah and the crew all the best in their tour and for qualification!

Rowers’ Reunion

Another sunny Sydney day presented itself for the May Rowers’ Reunion last Sunday. A total of five boats were scheduled to be christened, but with Australian Olympic team commitments excluding Alex Lloyd and Spencer Turrin from the festivities, the two coxless pairs bearing their names will be christened after their Olympic Games campaign. The remaining three of the new fleet were on display and duly named.


Three time world champion Erik “hat trick” Horrie spoke about how proud he is to row in the light blue before wetting the bow of the “Erik Horrie” a new single scull. David Sollom christened the new Sykes Coxed Four named after Dame Eadith Walker – who in 1895 was the first women to be an office bearer at the club. In 1886 she inherited her father’s estate, sworn for probate at £937,984. Dame Eadith was a philanthropist a keen oarswoman and a great supporter of the club.


John Coates passed on his apologies John’s currently overseas with Olympic Committee duties in what is a busy and important year for him. Daughter Fiona stepped up to christen the Empacher eight the “John Coates”. Fiona stating that “The six Coates’ children practically grew up at SRC and the club is absolutely in their blood”.


The assembled crowd then moved to the Wharfside Room for lunch and refreshments. With Dale Caterson away on Safari in Africa, Michael Morgan took up the position of MC, welcoming guests – including visitors from the Central Tablelands Rowing Club. Lyn and Don MacIver brought the young rowers along to provide them with the opportunity to visit a well-established club. The Central Tablelands Club being relatively young. The Rowers’ Reunion provided the ideal occasion to see the club working at many levels.

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Rowers’ Reunion is a great opportunity for rowers to share stories and importantly memorabilia. Lyn MacIver spoke and displayed a framed photo of the 1963 Champion Lightweight Four of NSW. The same crew that went on to win the Penrith Cup. The crew was boated by Alan Simons (bow) Geoff Knight, Don MacIver, Greg Hancock (stroke) with Larry Parker in the coxswain’s seat.

The Dedes kitchen again provided a splendid meal at what was a very enjoyable afternoon at SRC.

Click here for photos from the day.

The Petrin Collection


On Saturday 28th May 2016, 11.00am – 2.00pm, a unique opportunity has arisen to view the remarkable rowing archives, library and memorabilia collected by Louis Petrin. Louis is well known to rowing supporters and competitors both young and old as a popular NSW Boat Race Official and historian.

Click here for  the flyer.

Horrie Claims President’s Trophy


The President’s Trophy is presented to an athlete who, in the past year, has made an outstanding and inspirational contribution to the sport of Para Rowing in New South Wales. SRC’s Erik Horrie has taken out this inaugural award adding to a plethora of accolades received over the last few years. RNSW President Ivan Adlam donated the trophy which was presented by the Govenor at a ceremony at Government House. Erik is a paralympian silver medallist (2012), three  time world champion (2013, 14, 15) and holder of the world’s best time. Deservedly, Erik and his coach Jason Baker have been named in the Australian Olympic team for the Rio games in September. Congratulations Erik and we look forward to following your road to Rio.

Keith Jameson OAM, Erik Horrie, Jason Baker

Welcome Aboard Susanne

There have been some changes on the Club Board in recent weeks, with two directors stepping down and one replacement named.

Susanne Thiebe
The club has been blessed over the last decade to be able to call upon the indefatigable services of Jenny Cole as a Director of the club. Jenny has been a phenomenal contributor across the spectrum of the club’s activities on and off the water and epitomises the SRC spirit. This was recognised last year when Jenny joined the elite club of recipients of the blue honour blazer. Alas, Jenny has recently moved to Tasmania and as such as retired from the board.

Similarly, the champion lightweight and former fastest man in NSW, Hugh McLeod, has moved to Taree and stepped down from the board after many years of valuable service to all rowers in the club. All members are thankful for the unerring dedication to the club that both have showed and look forward to seeing them regularly when they are back in Sydney.

One new  position has been named it is that of the social director, the new incumbent will be a familiar face to many in the form of Susanne Thiebe. Since her son Max began rowing at Sydney 5 years ago, Susanne has been a familiar presence in the club and frequently has given her skills and energies in support of the club’s endeavors. She will undoubtedly be a great asset to the Board, and by extension all SRC members.

Winter Talent Pathway Program 2016

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SRC’s Talent Advancement Program (STAP) is aimed at developing talented athletes, girls and boys, currently involved in school rowing programs. STAP aims to create a pathway into Senior school crews, SRC, Junior and International representation. The program combines training and racing opportunities with high performance coaching to give STAP athletes an advantage in preparing for their 2017 rowing season and beyond. The program numbers are limited. Click here for more information.