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Australian Rowing Championships

The Australian Rowing Championships is an annual rowing event that determines Australia's national rowing champions and facilitates selection of Australian representative crews for World Championships and the Olympic Games. It is Australia's premier regatta, with states, clubs and schools sending their best crews. The Championships commence with the National Regatta - men's, women's and lightweight events in open, under 23, under 19, under 17 and school age categories. Rowers at the National Regatta race in their local club colours with composite crews permitted. The Championships conclude with the Interstate Regatta - currently eight events competed by state representative crews or scullers selected by the state rowing associations. The states compete for an overall points tally which decides the Zurich Cup.

Competition historyEdit

Inter-colonial racing began in Australia in 1833 when a Sydney crew raced a Hobart crew in whalers. Schools, varsity and club events were the top-class races throughout the mid 19th century although New South Wales and Victoria raced regularly (though not annually) in men's IVs from 1863. In 1878 Victoria and New South Wales commenced inter-colonial racing in eight-oared boats and the other colonies and (later states) joined them such that by 1906 all six Australian states were sending a men's VIII and perhaps a sculler, to the annual Interstate Regatta.

A national open rowing championship was discussed at Australian Rowing Council meetings from 1946 but it wasn't until the 1960s that support for the concept was unanimous outside of New South Wales and Victoria. The first National Open Championship Regatta was held in 1962 and then was held every two years. Since 1969 the National Regatta has been annual and since 1976 has been held within the same single programme as the Interstate Regatta creating the combined Australian Rowing Championships.

Interstate RegattaEdit

The Interstate Regatta is held at the conclusion of the National Regatta and currently includes the following races for state representative crews:

The King's Cup - interstate men's (coxed) eightEdit

Australia's blue-ribbon annual rowing race for men. Contested by state representative senior heavyweight men's coxed eights.

President's Cup - interstate men's single scullEdit

 
Bobby Pearce, world and Olympic champion

An intercolonial sculling race between New South Wales and Victoria was first held in 1868 and then annually from 1895 with Queensland also racing.[1] Tasmania has consistently been represented since 1903. South Australia and West Australia have entered scullers with some regularity but not consistently until the 1960s.

The first President of the Australian Amateur Rowing Council, Mr E.C. Watchorn, donated the President's Cup in 1925 as the perpetual trophy for the annual Australian Interstate Single Sculling Championship. It was first competed for in 1926 and won by A A Baynes of Queensland.

  • Mervyn Wood (NSW) contested the event on nine occasions, won on a record eight occasions, seven of them consecutive 1946 to 1952.
  • G Squires (Tasmania) contested the event on eight occasions from 1956 to 1963 winning at his last attempt and finishing second six times.
  • Ted Hale (NSW & Tasmania) contested the event on a record twelve occasions and won on six occasions, all consecutive from 1976 to 1981. His NSW colleague Dr. Dick Redell finished 2nd to Hale in '76, '77 & '79 and was 3rd in '78.
  • Duncan Free (QLD) contested the event on eight occasions from 1996 to 2004 winning seven times.
  • Bobby Pearce (NSW) won on three occasions from 1927 to 1929 and by a 30 length margin in 1928. His cousin Cecil Pearce (NSW) won from 1936 to 1939 (by 8 lengths in 1937). Cecil's son Gary Pearce won in 1965.

The Queen Elizabeth II Cup - interstate women's (coxed) eightEdit

The premier interstate event for women was the ULVA trophy which from 1920 till 1998 was a fours event. The trophy had first been presented by the United Licensed Victuallers Association (ULVA) of Queensland. In 1999 the women's interstate race was changed to an event for VIIIs with the Queen's Cup as the prize.

Of the seventy-eight occasions between 1920 and 1999 that the race was held in IVs, New South Wales won thirty-one times with eleven of those victories consecutive between 1955 and 1965. Victoria managed twenty-four victories in that period also with eleven of them consecutive (1978-1988) and then enjoying another eleven year consecutive run from 2005 to 2015. Of the twenty-five events up until 2015, Victoria were the victors on eighteen occasions.

  • Kim Crow contested the event for Victoria on nine occasions in the ten years 2007 to 2016 and achieved nine victories.
  • Pauline Frasca made eleven appearances for Victoria in the event between from 2003 and 2014 and saw nine victories.[2]
  • Robyn Selby Smith contested the event for Victoria on ten occasions between 2002 and 2012 achieving seven victories.[3]
  • Alexandra Hagan contested the event on nine consecutive occasions for West Australia between 2008 and 2016.
  • Lucy Stephan contested the event on seven consecutive occasions for Victoria for seven straight wins from 2012 to 2018.
  • Kate Hornsey was seated in every Tasmanian VIII entered in the event between 2003 and 2014 (seven crews entered). She stroked six of those crews.

Penrith Cup - interstate men's lightweight coxless fourEdit

The Penrith Cup for a lightweight men's IV was introduced in 1958.[4]

  • Simon Burgess contested the event on ten occasions for Tasmania between 1993 and 2005, eight as stroke. He was victorious on seven consecutive occasions from 1999 to 2005, five of those as stroke.[5]
  • Thomas Gibson contested the event on eight occasions for Tasmania between 2004 and 2012. He was victorious six times, four of those as stroke.[5]
  • Samuel Beltz contested the event on ten occasions for Tasmania between 2002 and 2014. He was victorious eight times.[5]
  • Vaughan Bollen contested the event on eleven occasions - nine times for South Australia, twice for Victoria. He won twice, once for each of those states.[6] Hd had previously coxed four South Australian King's Cup eights.

Nell Slatter Cup - interstate women's single scullEdit

Since 1963 the interstate women's scull competition has been for the Nell Slatter Cup.

The Victoria Cup - interstate women's lightweight coxless quad scullEdit

From 1968 until 1998 the premier women's lightweight interstate event was the Victoria Cup competed for by coxless IVs. Since 1999, lightweight quad sculls have raced for the Cup.[7]

  • Alice McNamara raced the event for Victoria on twelve successive occasions from 2006 to 2017. She stroked six of those & saw a 2006 victory.[8]
  • Amber Halliday contested the event for South Australia on ten occasions from 1998 to 2008 for six victories.
  • Hannah Every-Hall contested the event four times for Victoria and four times for Queensland over a sixteen-year period from 1999 to 2014.
  • Bronwen Watson contested the event on nine occasions between 1997 and 2009

Noel Wilkinson Cup - men's interstate youth eightEdit

Since 1974 men's youth crews have competed at the state representative level for the Noel Wilkinson Cup.[9] Noel Wilkinson (died 1992) OAM was a long serving treasurer of the Australian Rowing Council who had worked tirelessly in fund-raising over many years for Australian national and Olympic squads. He had managed Victorian and national representative crews and was a club stalwart at the Banks Rowing Club in Melbourne from 1930 till his death. The event has been raced over 2000 metres since 1983. In the first thirty-seven years of competition for the title up till 2011, Victoria were the most consistent winners with seventeen wins, followed by New South Wales with ten victories.

Bicentennial Cup - women's interstate youth eightEdit

A women's youth event commenced in 1988 in coxed IVs and converted to VIIIs in 1994.[10]

Zurich Cup - overall regatta points tallyEdit

Since 1999 the overall cumulative points winner in the interstate championships is awarded the Zurich Cup. States are awarded points in each interstate event on the following basis: first place, eight points; second place, six points; third place, five points; fourth place, four points; fifth place, three points; sixth place, two points; seventh place, one point.

In the sixteen regattas at which it was presented up till 2014, the Zurich Cup was won on eleven occasions by Victoria, thrice by New South Wales and by Queensland in 2003 and 2014.[11]

  • South Australia's Chris Morgan in the twelve-year period 2005 to 2016 raced for his state on nine occasions in the King's Cup and on eight occasions in the President's Cup.

The National RegattaEdit

The National Regatta currently includes a diverse program of club and school events.

Sydney Cup (for schoolgirl eights)Edit

The Sydney Cup was first presented in 2005. The current title holders are Methodist Ladies' College.

Past winners
Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time Margin
2019 Methodist Ladies' College Pymble Ladies' College Geelong Grammar 6:53.38 3.14
2018 Pymble Ladies' College St Catherine's Methodist Ladies' College 6:55.20 1.77
2017 Walford Anglican Queenwood Pymble Ladies' College 6:45.02 2.72
2016 St Catherine's Loreto Toorak Queenwood 6:43.76 1.89
2015 Geelong Grammar Loreto Toorak Methodist Ladies' College 6:46.46 7.87
2014 Loreto Toorak Geelong Grammar Genazzano 6:46.02 4.48
2013 Melbourne Girls' Grammar Walford Anglican Methodist Ladies' College 6:43.87 0.26
2012 Melbourne Girls' Grammar Methodist Ladies' College Walford Anglican 6:45.87 5.50
2011 Melbourne Girls' Grammar Pymble Ladies' College Genazzano 6:44.13 1.58
2010 Loreto Kirribilli Methodist Ladies' College Loreto Normanhurst 6:50.77 2.61
2009 Collegiate Geelong Grammar St Catherine's 6:46.56 1.51
2008 PLC Sydney St Catherine's Pymble Ladies' College 6:51.32 2.19
2007 Methodist Ladies' College Pymble Ladies' College PLC Sydney 7:17.91 3.36
2006 Methodist Ladies' College Pymble Ladies' College Geelong College 6:34.97 4.47
2005 Pymble Ladies' College Methodist Ladies' College Loreto Kirribilli 6:45.77 2.58

Barrington Cup (for schoolboy eights)Edit

The Barrington Cup was first presented in 1984. The current title holders are Scotch College VIC.

Past winners
Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time Margin
2019 Scotch College VIC Brighton Grammar Nudgee 6:08.81 4.39
2018 Shore Scotch College VIC Nudgee 6:02.89 2.93
2017 Scotch College VIC Shore Geelong College & Melbourne Grammar (dead heat) 5:51.62 2.97
2016 Shore St Joseph's Sydney Scotch College VIC 5:58.56 2.11
2015 Nudgee St Joseph's Sydney Melbourne Grammar 5:50.97 2.42
2014 Shore Scotch College VIC St Joseph's Sydney 5:52.67 3.26
2013 Scotch College VIC Shore Gavirate 5:52.87 1.68
2012 Scotch College VIC Melbourne Grammar Christ Church Grammar 6:07.08 3.18
2011 Shore Hutchins Scots 5:51.89 1.40
2010 Scotch College VIC Shore Scots 5:52.99 2.66
2009 Melbourne Grammar Shore Scots 5:49.71 0.82
2008 Scotch College VIC Melbourne Grammar Shore 6:00.04 2.60
2007 Shore The Kings School Newington 6:22.81 0.06
2006 The King's School Scotch College VIC Geelong College 5:40.81 3.66
2005 St Joseph's Sydney The Kings School Scotch College VIC 5:58.04 1.03

Locations and eventsEdit

Interstate Men's Championships for VIIIs (Kings Cup) and single sculls (Presidents Cup) were held in the following locations after Federation:[12]

The Penrith Cup for lightweight fours was added to the Kings Cup and Presidents Cup at Interstate Men's Championships for VIIIs as follows:[12]

An Interstate Women's Race for the ULVA Trophy was held in the following locations:[12]

With the Nell Slatter Trophy for women's single sculls added to the Women's Interstate Regatta from 1963 and the Victoria Cup added from 1968:

Interstate Championships with both Men's and Women's events were held in the following locations:[12]

A separate National Regatta was held with distinct dates and venue from the Interstate Championships as follows:

Australian Rowing Championships (combining both regattas) have been held in the following locations[13][14]

ReferencesEdit

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