The New South Wales Rowing Association (NSWRA) was formed in 1878. On July 1st, 2011 the Association adopted a new constitution and became Rowing New South Wales Incorporated (RNSW).
The initial impetus for the formation of the Association was a challenge from our neighbouring state of Victoria (or colony as it was in those days) for a race to be conducted in 1879. Things haven't changed much since - just more states to challenge for racing supremacy in Australia.
Since 1878 the number of rowing clubs in NSW has grown from three clubs at the time the Association was established to more than 35 clubs today, not counting a host of schools with rowing programs.
Rowing New South Wales governs the sport of rowing in NSW. It decides on the rules for racing in NSW, determines boat classes for racing events, sets an annual calendar of regattas, and promotes the rowing in this state.
Through the club and school system the sport caters for male and female rowers from elite to novice level including athletes with a disability.
Membership of Rowing New South Wales is around 5000.
Sydney International Regatta Centre - photo provided by Melba Studios
|President||Stephen Donnelley||Chairman of the Board|
|Deputy President||Stephen Handley||Board Member|
|Director||Deanna Fekete||Board Member|
|Director||Adam Vine-Hall||Board Member|
|Director||Victor Walter||Board Member|
|Director||Danika Wright||Board Member|
|Director||Liam James||Board Member|
|Director||Sarah Cook||Board Member|
|Board Secretary||Anthony Blower (CEO)|
|Public Officer||Anthony Blower (CEO)|
|Hon. Medical Officer||Dr Phillip Sharp|
|Chairman of Competition Commission||Stephen Handley|
|Boat Race Official Examiners||Victor Walter
|Councillor to Rowing Australia||Sarah Cook|
|Delegate - NSW Olympic Council||Doug Donoghue AM|
|Delegate - Commonwealth Games Association
|Margaret Mackenzie OAM|
|Delegate - Maritime Rowing Steering Committee||Murray Clarke OAM|
|Trustees to Laurie Stepto Memorial Trust Fund||Geoff McIntyre AM
J Doug Donoghue AM
|Current Life Members||Mr A Brown||Past Life Members||Mr P Cayzer OAM|
|Mr J Coates AC||Mr E Chapman OAM|
|Mr S Derwin||Mr D Croot AM|
|Mr K Jameson OAM||Mr E Dorsch|
|Mrs M Mackenzie OAM||Mr J Lanning|
|Mr B Moynahan OAM||Mr G Parlby OAM|
|Mr G Neilson OAM||Mr M Reddan OAM|
|Mr C Noel OAM||Mr R Stride|
|Mr D Sollom||Dr W Webb OAM|
|Mr N Garratt AM||Mr M Wood MBE|
|Mr E O'Hanlon|
By the way, if you are interested in knowing who won the 1879 eights race over four miles, it was NSW - by 6 lengths. But to balance the record, we note that the first race between Victorian and New South Wales crews was in 1878, prior to the formation of the NSWRA. The 1878 inaugural race was won by Victoria.
For this slice of history we acknowledge May A. L (1970) Sydney Rows: A Centennial History of Sydney Rowing Club. Sydney Rowing Club: Abbotsford.
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