The bow as in bow wow rather than the bow of the bow tie didn’t cause any confusion for those who know and who row with their back to the bow celebrating 50 years of the Canberra Rowing Club with their Bow Ball, bow tie event at the National Portrait Gallery. Got that?
The 50th anniversary had memories flooding back to the eagerly anticipated filling of the lake, expected soon after the ‘official’ beginning of filling in September ’63, but months of drought delayed that and the April 1964 scheduled rowing championships looked like it would be a Todd River event.
But the rains came and fifty years on we can count many successes for CRC with club greats to be recognized and honoured in what will be a perpetual Hall of Fame. It will include three time world champion Bruce Hick, Olympic gold medallist Megan Marks (nee Still) and Commonwealth gold and bronze recipient James Galloway.
The Bow Ball, was a night to celebrate achievements and was the culmination of a day where a regatta on the lake, somewhat greened by the algae, certainly wasn't a deterrent to these fine young, old and in between rowers, who are currently the ACT Premiers. And to a night that was the highlight of the social side of their Golden Anniversary.
Included in the entertainment the aquatic themed re- write of the Beatles’ Help sung by Deb Cook, Eileen Bissaker and Judy Walsh showed more than rowing is learnt on those crisp cold Canberra mornings. Committee, take a bow!