Welcome to the inaugural rowing season for MCCRC. From the initial discussions in February between a few keen parents we have evolved into a club with a committee of volunteers. We have had an overwhelming response to rowing with 80 students expressing interest and attending initial training sessions. Please show patience with the committee as we develop procedures and training for a group 4 times the size of what we expected! Please also show your appreciation where possible to the Canberra Rowing Club who have offered the use of their facilities and who are giving their time to coach and encourage junior rowing. They also did not expect such a response!Rowing Season

The rowing season will commence for Marist College in mid October and will finish at the end of March after the final regatta. Rowers competing in regattas during summer must keep every second Saturday morning free until about 1:00pm. Students may have an opportunity to compete over the winter period but crews will be determined in Term 1.


Fees for the season include student membership to Canberra Rowing Club (CRC), ACT rowing affiliation, coaching, the use of the CRC equipment and facilities, and insurance.

Fees do not include competition uniform or competition entry fees (approximately $7 per seat per race in regattas).

Training Times

Training will be held from Monday through to Friday with each rower having a minimum of 2 training sessions. These will be allocated by the Rowing Coordinator and Head Coach according to coach and boat availability.

Training will be before of after school depending on coach availability. Most training sessions will initially be held in the afternoon. Transport may be available in the afternoons from school to the sheds but is still to be advised. Otherwise a parent roster for transport or local bus transport is likely.

A Rowing Coordinator (RC) will be supervising on land and in some instances in coach’s boats during the training sessions. A coach will be with students on the water at all times. One coach will be allocated one crew while students are beginners.

Training will also include land-based fitness such as ergo training, swimming sessions, running and strength training. The MCCRC are planning to include individualized training from fitness experts in addition to the rowing training – such as core strength training in one off sessions.

Parents must collect their child from the rowing sheds by the scheduled finish time. Supervision is not guaranteed after this time.


Crews will be allocated by the Rowing Coordinator and Head Coach. Allocation will depend on overall fitness, size of the student, cohort and rowing ability. Crews assigned initially are likely to include members of the student’s friendship group to make learning to row most enjoyable for all students. For competition, the boys may be selected to row in alternative crews who will train together prior to regattas. Students will be encouraged to try competition but it is not a requirement for membership.

MCCRC have access to boats for crews of 4 or 8. The younger age groups will train predominantly in fours, with some work in eights. The older age groups may train in eights more frequently. Once again this will depend on coach availability.


MCCRC will enter crews in upcoming regattas. Please indicate on the rowing enrolment form if your student will not be participating in the regattas as this will assist in crew allocation.

Provisional Dates for the 2010-2011 ACT rowing season.

More information will be made available as our season progresses.

24 October 2010        Col Panton Marathon
6 November  2010      Capital Lakes Regatta
20 November 2010      Daramalan Regatta
4 December 2010        Canberra Rowing Club Regatta
5 February 2011          CEGGS Regatta
19 February 2011        CGS Regatta
26 & 27 February2011 ISRA
5 March 2011               Black Mountain Regatta

19 & 20 March 2011     ACT Championships: Radford hosting


Uniform for rowing in regattas is the zootie. This will be available for purchase through the Marist College Uniform shop at around $75. Final pricing is to be determined and you will be advised when these are available for purchase.


MCCRC requires parent volunteers to assist the club to operate effectively. Please give consideration to how you can best assist. The following list gives you an idea of what is required. We are open to additional suggestions.

Coaches/Assistant Coaches/Tinny driver

Rowing training water and land based

Tinnie drivers

Provide resources such as rowing training handouts

Swimming coaches to train boys in boat capsize drills

Swimming coaches to train 100m clothed swim

Rowing Coordinators RC

This is a key role for the club and will assist the coaches by ensuring that crews are ready to row when the coach arrives. The RC will ensure that absent or sick students are replaced by other rowers to enable the crew to train. It is expected the role will be similar to that of a sporting team manager with a finite number of boys to be responsible for. The commitment would be for one morning or afternoon per week with the same group of boys (including your son). The RC does not need any prior rowing knowledge.

Web/IT support/Media

Help with updates on the website and web design

Marist newsletter updates

Publicity and media support

Photography at events

Upload photos to website

Help with "Coaches Page" on the website

Regatta support

BBQ duties or food support at events

Assist organizing boys into events



Sponsorship support

Help gain sponsors for the club

Help raise money for club purchases

Event Co-ordination

Assist with fundraising planning

Arrange family days

Arrange supporters events

Arrange for presentations at school


Assist with swimming coaching/training

Assist with shed support and moving boats in and out of the water


Provide food according to the roster

Assist to distribute food after training

Assist with co-ordination of food at regattas

Assist with purchase of food for the club events


Assist with record updates

Assist with distribution of emails

Assist with meeting notices

Contact Information

Main Email: maristrowing@gmail.com

Website: http://www.maristcanberrarowingclub.yolasite.com/

Committee Members

President - James Anderson Head Coach – Neil Smith

Secretary – Ian Cusack Treasurer – Maire O’Callaghan

Rowing Manager –Deborah Jeppesen Logistical Support – Carolyn Dunphy

Medical Officer – Pat O’Callaghan CRC Support - Laurence Sandral

Web support - John Gates/ TBA Media - TBA