A record six crews from Balmain went to Melbourne this year to complete in the 61st Head of the Yarra. The 8km winding course from the boathouses opposite Federation Square to Hawthorn Rowing Club is a true test of preparation, strength, endurance and the coxswain ability to manage other crews, the winding course and 11 bridges. BRC recorded a number of personal bests and the weekend was rounded off with dinner (and dancing!) at The Crafty Squire. Thanks to those who participated in organising the event and to Glebe rowing club in assisting with logistics.
BRC entered the school girl regatta arena last weekend with the junior girls competing at the MLC School Regatta. Supported by their coach, Zoe and enthusiastic BRC mum, Vic Clay the girls notching up two credible third places in the doubles and came back smiling.
Congratulations Eleanor Taylor who received a special blazer from her school (PLC) for representing Australia at the INAS Global Games.
The presentation was attended by Balmain/ex-PLC girls Lauren and Ruby as well as proud parents.
Thank you everyone who competed, volunteered or just simply turned up to spectate at yesterday's Iron Cove Classic!
Thank-you coaches & athletes - we fielded six full BRC crews and can see some great improvements in times and results. Our WD8+ came second in their event and our MM8+ were the third quickest MM8+ on the course on raw times. Every crew did our tiger colours proud, so well done! Great to see competitors spanning the full range of abilities and ages.
Thank-you volunteers - the volunteer group of Renate Ijpma, Jim Lucas, Bob Greaves, Rob Keane, David Longhurst, Chris Morgan, Niki Reed and Ann Pham made sure the regatta ran smoothly and on time. We started 46 racing crews within 20 seconds of the gazetted start time and the race was held with minimal fuss. The efforts of this team enabled to BRC to field as many athletes as possible. Thank-you also Jeremy and MM crew for setting and packing down the course with minimal fuss.
Thank-you everyone who pitched in to cook the BBQ -...
It was a ripper turn out for the opening of the newly completed Hunt extension.
Thanks to Anthony Albanese and Zarni Tun for their kind words and formal ribbon cutting.
Thanks also to everyone who contributed to the project especially:
Richard Hunt, Richie Romano, Adam Hunt, Jack the plumber, Grant Hunt and the BRC demo team.
Matthew BY for acting as MC on the day.
Everyone who helped set up for the day and bought a plate.
Fantastic photos by Francesco Locatelli
The first Mosman Regatta to be held in a while was attended by a small group of hardy scullers from Balmain. The group arrived early with their boats strapped to the top of their car. The 5K time trial was completed without incident in demanding conditions.
Michael MacCormack finished a tight third place in the masters men's single.
At the end of many months of intensive preparation last week a group from Balmain Rowing Club competed at the INAS Games in Brisbane, having been selected by Rowing Australia as part of the Australian team.
The IINAS games mission statement…to create opportunities, supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities; so that they can develop and maintain healthy lifestyles and reach their highest potential in sport and in life.
Congratulations to our competitors who achieved fantastic results and won many medals!
And a huge thanks to the coaches and support crew:
Barbara Ramjan (Assistant Coach for the Aussie Team, many many coaching hours)
Anne Craig (who travelled up to Qld herself to support the squad, many many coaching hours)
Liam James (boat rigging)
Emily Principe, Jack Calderan and Steven Lawler (as support rowers)
Last weekend the mixed masters and masters women's eight hosted the BRC stall at the Back to Balmain fundraiser in Elkington Park. Cakes were baked and twenty kilos of sausages were cooked, raising about a thousand dollars for the club.
Special thanks to everyone for enbracing the task and displaying such a positive attitude on the day.
Super special thanks to June Henning for organising the troops and Zoe Morrision for baking for six hours straight for the event.
Showery conditions for the footy finals weekend and the second Head of the Nepean.
BRC participated in 3 out of 14 divisions clocking up 2 wins. Danika Harrison and Emma Forsdick took out the women's masters double in 22.45 and In the men's masters single, Michael Kemp showed he is indeed a chip of the old block, winning in 20.45. In his victory speech Michael acknowledged the assistance of Allen Turner. The mighty mixed eight also produced a PB of 22.03.
Thanks to the trailer loading assistance of John (the bolt) Hutton, proving that trailer loading can be fun!