Captain's Update 2nd June 2013

Greetings once again Blacks, I hope you are all well and surviving what feels like the first proper days of Winter.


Settling In

After the first few days of finding his footing and recovering from jet lag one of the first questions I received from a slightly troubled Sean was:
"What is a black?"

I explained that sports teams from Adelaide University are often known as 'The Blacks' (primarily due to their black and white uniform) and that when someone uses the term "blacks" around the club they are often referring to other club members and not meaning to be inappropriate. This seemed to reassure Sean that he hadn't come all this way to coach a club of racists and was able to see him get to work on more important business...

Though Sean's only been around two weeks we've already begun to see changes around the club.. A larger and more regular turnout to training, more structured training sessions and some super exciting long term plans... He seems to be fitting in well and becoming more of a black each day.

Active athletes be on the look out for your training schedule from Sean for this week, and for the month of June.

Thanks to Kate, Alister and Emily

I think its important that on behalf of the club I extend our thanks to the Walsh family for putting Sean up during his first couple of weeks here in Adelaide. It has certainly made things easier for him and for us and we greatly appreciate it! Big thank you guys, especially Emily!

Fundraising For Our Girls

If you have been keeping an eye on our Facebook page ( you may have noticed our National Team Girls are putting on a movie fundraiser to help raise funds for their trips overseas in the next few months. As junior and U23 athletes the girls receive almost no help from rowing Australia and are expected to cover significant costs on their own.. Please get behind this, even if you are unable to make the movie, the purchase of a ticket will still send funds their way.

The details are…..

The Great Gatsby
Friday 14 June
Movie starts at 6.40pm
Wallis Cinema Mitcham
Tickets $17, available from

Stride Out

A big thank you must be extended to Ned Kinnear for once again piecing together a stella issue of our bi-annual(ish) magazine Stride Out. Fingers crossed that you have all received yours in the mail. If you haven't please contact Jed Nicole to update your contact details and check the website in the coming days for an online copy…


West Lakes Rowing - LIGHTS and Private Boats

As we are entering the darker days of the year and that whenever the club seems to purchase boat lights they inevitably go walk about, we are introducing a new policy that all athletes training on the water before 7:30am MUST bring their own lights. If you do not, you will not be allowed on the water.


Lastly I would like to remind all club members rowing out of the West Lakes shed that the sculling oars located on the back left rack of the shed are for private use only and are not to be used by club members.

See you round,