Canberra Rowing Club - Awards Dinner 2015Share Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
There’s extraordinary beauty through the colder months in Canberra around the lake. But spectacular visuals unfortunately don’t ameliorate the pain of engaging in water sports that require early morning starts, weather you’d rather not have to endure and the sheer ridiculousness of rowing with your bum so close to the cold and the wet, and hands and fingers that are close to developing frostbite and chilblains.
But people do it. I’ve done it and whingeing doesn’t cut it with the dedicated who call rowing and paddling sport. They know it’s the ‘after’ that makes it exhilarating. And the biggest ‘after’ for the Canberra Rowing Club is their annual presentation night when the classic silver cups on their Bakelite stands, that have been part of this club for decades, are handed on to the next crop of most improved and oustanding rowers in various categories.
Last year it was a big “Bow Ball” celebrating 50 years of the club and at 51 a slightly more low key affair at Regatta Point endorsed the status of this club that has plans to replace the Yarralumla boatshed with a new facility for training and social activities.
Its history shows the initial building of the boathouse nearly bankrupted the club but the tenacity and determination of the committee kept it going. The establishment of the AIS rowing unit in 1982 was a major benefit to membership and the 1997 King’s Cup win at Lake Barrington their finest team effort. It’s time for another of those.
So to the winners the cups - my friend PR and marketing guru Sandra Sweeney ‘Outstanding Novice’ this year - to the club salutations for staying on course and to all a jolly good night.