• Paul and Paphaela Higginbotham

    Paul and Paphaela Higginbotham

  • Yu Chen, Kat Southwell, Jasmine Lloyd and Sara Zanetti

    Yu Chen, Kat Southwell, Jasmine Lloyd and Sara Zanetti

  • Cathy Starling, Michael Cusack and Ellen Nugent

    Cathy Starling, Michael Cusack and Ellen Nugent

  • Tony Trobe, Anne Charlton and Robin Poke

    Tony Trobe, Anne Charlton and Robin Poke

  • Philippe Lorrain, Nicholas Barnier, Edwin Bien, Dave Barbalet, John Southwell and Chris Polyichanin

    Philippe Lorrain, Nicholas Barnier, Edwin Bien, Dave Barbalet, John Southwell and Chris Polyichanin

  • Ash Carr, Jeff Hart, Chris Lowe, Michael Cusack, Emanuel Drakakis and Hilbert van Pelt

    Ash Carr, Jeff Hart, Chris Lowe, Michael Cusack, Emanuel Drakakis and Hilbert van Pelt

  • Peter Brooks, Suze Rogashoff and Dermot Balaam

    Peter Brooks, Suze Rogashoff and Dermot Balaam

  • CTC President Alan Butorac and VP Peter Lundy

    CTC President Alan Butorac and VP Peter Lundy

  • Hilton Taylor and Judith Dahl Taylor

    Hilton Taylor and Judith Dahl Taylor

  • Michael and Beth Peedom with Pat and Mike Burgess

    Michael and Beth Peedom with Pat and Mike Burgess

  • Roslyn and Paul Philippa

    Roslyn and Paul Philippa

  • Felicity Antill, Sharon Mackay, Narelle and Robert Connor, Janice Jago and Andy Horsburgh

    Felicity Antill, Sharon Mackay, Narelle and Robert Connor, Janice Jago and Andy Horsburgh

  • Fiona and John Blackwell

    Fiona and John Blackwell

  • Pat Davoren, Jennifer Eddie and Julianne and Murray Campbell

    Pat Davoren, Jennifer Eddie and Julianne and Murray Campbell

  • Carla Borg, Sarah Tynan, Sandra Sweeney, Sarah Taylor, Louise Parry and Ellen Newton

    Carla Borg, Sarah Tynan, Sandra Sweeney, Sarah Taylor, Louise Parry and Ellen Newton

Canberra Rowing Club - Awards Dinner 2015

27 June 2015

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.