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Brisbane Grammarians Rowing Club founder Scott Austin ’84 was recently appointed to the Board of Rowing Queensland. RQ Chairman Nick Parr was effusive in his praise of Scott’s credentials and of the contribution he has made since joining the Board. Scott will be right in the thick of it during an important time for the sport as it builds towards the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games. 

Scott played an important role in setting up and driving the Row Out Loud Rowathon, which was held for the first time on Saturday 13 August. The event raised more than $14,000 for the Love Out Loud Foundation, an organisation focusing on youth mental health and wellbeing.

Virtually all the Brisbane rowing clubs got involved in this important cause and there was plenty of friendly banter between participants both at the Inspire gym in West End and the pub next door. Our club was the top fundraiser, contributing more than $4000. Thanks to everyone who participated and congratulations Scott – you are a fantastic ambassador for rowing and our club.

On the racing front, we have some very pleasing results, some of which are listed below:

  • Queensland Masters Rowing Championships: Five gold, eight silver and seven bronze medals out of 35 entries. Champion crews were Men's VIII A & B Divisions, Men's VIII E Division, Men's Coxless IV A & B division.
  • Brown Snake Omnium: Two entries coming in sixth and 31st out of 45
  • Head of the Outback: One entry, second in the Outback Duel, semi-finalist in the Outback Gift, and fastest crew in the Head of the Outback (second after handicap).
  • Head of the Brisbane: Four entries, first in the Mixed Open VIII with BGGS girls, fourth in the single scull, and eighth and 12th in the Men's Masters E to M divisions.

Unfortunately, the main event of the year, the Head of the Yarra, has been cancelled for a third time, so we only have the Convict Chase Regatta remaining.

The Rowing Reunions continue to be successful with crews from the Class of 1992 and the Class of 2012 hitting the water in July. It was great to see everyone getting into the event.

Club members have also been seen supporting the OBA stand at Open Day, and regularly attending the OBA Business Breakfasts.

The club has increased membership by almost 20 per cent this year. Any young rowers wishing to come back to the sport, come down for a trial/refresher row over the summer. We have an excellent fleet of Sykes boats and plenty of members who are happy to take you out for a spin.

In other news, romance is in the air with the engagement of Graham Thomas ’81 and Mel, and John King ’86 and Sonia. We also congratulate Matt Bray ’10 and Abbie for tying the knot recently.

See you on the water!

Angus Blackwood ’83
President, Brisbane Grammarians Rowing Club

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