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S.M.A.R.T Rowing International Challenge 2014

Avril Bastiansz - Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The St George Rowing Club announced on 21st April 2014 that they will be supporting a crew of disabled athletes, Para-Rowers, to compete in the Head of the Charles Regatta (HOCR) in Boston in October 2014.  The crew will be racing in the Leg, Trunk and Arms (LTA) category.  LTA rowers are able to use a sliding seat in a boat, just like an able-bodied rower. 

The crew got some VERY VERY EXCITING news on Tuesday 20th May when they received email confirmation that the Head Of The Charles Regatta committee had approved their application as an international crew in the LTA Mixed 4+ race.  While it is still necessary to complete the normal entry procedures, the crews entry has been guaranteed. This is VERY EXCITING and they are definitely GOING to Boston.


So who are the S.M.A.R.T Rowing International Challenge 2014 team members:

Carol Cooke (LTA - Physical Disability)
Steve Knott (LTA - Physical Disability)
Pete Siri (LTA - Physical Disability)
Sara Waitzer (LTA - Visual Impairment)
Mia MacMahon (Coxswain)
Alistair Chong (LTA - Physical Disability) - male reserve
Adrian Henning (Coach and Team Manager)
Stephen Irons (Coach and St George Rowing Club President)

The team comprises of rowers with varying ranges of rowing experience.  The team are aware of the hard work ahead of them and the training required to enter this regatta, but they are very much looking forward to training & having fun together as this journey unfolds over the coming months.

The crew with coaches will travel to Boston to challenge in the 50th Head of the Charles Regatta.  Along with being the 50th year of the Regatta, it is also the 5th year that Para-rowing events have been included in the event.  The team will leave Sydney on Monday 13th October and will race on Sunday 19th October 2014.  This will give them sufficient time to acclimatise and have at least 3 to 4 training sessions on the water, rowing the course that they will be racing on.  The team will also be training together monthly in Sydney, which will give supporters the opportunity to meet the crew and maybe even see them in action on the water. 

The estimated cost to support the challenge is approximately A$55,000.  This will cover the full costs of domestic training/preparation and international travel, accommodation & meals, regatta entry fees, boat hire costs etc.  The team will be undertaking fundraising activities and are looking for corporate sponsors as well. We hope that you are able to support the crew & the challenge in some small way.

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For more information about the event or the Para-rowing program at Wolli Creek please contact: or call Adrian Henning on 0406 729 048

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