Rowing at Brisbane Grammar School is a unique experience. Boys have the opportunity to learn new skills, train and compete at the same facility as the Olympians who have gone before them, and create new and lasting friendships with their crew members and coaches. It is an intensive sport requiring individual determination and excellence whilst demanding a high level of teamwork. It is a non-impact, non-contact sport so the injury risk is low and is ideal for developing bodies. Rowing can also cater for a wide variety of athletes: tall, short, big and small.

Apart from improving fitness, rowing can also benefit the development of motor competencies, improve speed, strength, coordination and flexibility, as well as self-image, teamwork and time management.

The aims of rowing at the School are:

  • Developing self-esteem, commitment, teamwork and sportsmanship

  • Developing the skill levels of all rowers and coxswains to a high standard

  • Maximising every crew’s potential whilst setting and achieving realistic and challenging goals

  • Experiencing consistent success at the Head of the River Regatta


The program is tailored to each Year Group and includes: 

Year 9 – October to March (Quad Sculls)

Year 10 – October to March (Quad Sculls)

Year 11 – September to March (Eights)

Year 12 – September to March (Eights) 

The School has a proud rowing tradition, first competing in the Head of the River in 1918 in fours and then in eights in 1955. The School has won the Open 1st VIII race 18 times and the Old Boys Cup for overall premiership on five occasions. The program has produced many State, National and World Champions, the most notable being dual Olympian Richard Powell (Seoul ’88 and Barcelona ’92), David Weightman (Atlanta ’96), Shaun Coulton (Athens ’04) and Sam Conrad (Beijing '08).

The Director of Rowing implements the program, with the support of coaches drawn from the ranks of teaching staff, Old Boys and members of the extended Grammar community.

The Rowing program is assisted by the Rowing Support Group, the Tipperoo Club. All rowing parents are able to join this club and attend meetings.

Information on regattas, season calendar, training schedules and contacts can be found on MyGrammar .

The Director of Rowing is Mr Matt Marden

T +61 7 3834 5372​