The Brisbane Grammarians Rowing Club offers BGS Old Boys ready access to the unique experience that is rowing. Growing in popularity, rowing involves an exercise routine that builds core strength, flexibility, mental awareness and cardio fitness as well as any other activity. It also has the benefit of avoiding the impact on joints associated with running. Above all those benefits, the exhilaration of working in harmony with other crew members to get the boat moving as fast as possible, is an experience few other sports offer.
We currently have a membership of 35 and row out of the Rowing Queensland shed next to the BGS shed. We have a fleet of Sykes eights, fours, and pairs, and a couple of Wintech Sculls. We share the shed with the Vikings (Churchie Old Boys), Redlegs (State High Old Boys and Girls) and Brisbane Rowing Club. It is a competitive but very social community, and you are likely to find an old friend or two staring you down on the start line.
If you enjoy a spot of healthy competition, we target a number of regattas throughout the year that offer different challenges. These regattas are largely run in South East Queensland (Brisbane River and Lake Wyaralong near Beaudesert) but also at other locations such as Maryborough, Murwillumbah, Longreach and Melbourne. The races can be as short as 1000m or as long as 21km. The major event of the calendar is the Head of the Yarra in Melbourne. Held in late November, 270 eights from around the country gather to charge up the 8.5km course at 10 second intervals from the City to Hawthorn, taking in 135 degree bends, narrow bridge spans, regular blade clashes and some pretty decent rowing (and celebrating).
We have the capacity and desire to take on new members. We are set up to provide induction into the club and the way we row, and several experienced members (including coxes) are willing to take you out for a trial. We are experienced in easing returning rowers and those seeking a new challenge into the shed, so if you are interested in getting on the water please contact me (email@example.com) or Allan Craft (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let us know of your interest.
Come on down and give us a try.
Angus Blackwood ’83
Chairman Brisbane Grammarians Rowing Club