Captain's Update 15th July 2013

Dear Blacks,

Apologies for the lapse in communication over the last few weeks. With University exams, Trans Tasman and our Winter Mini Camp they have been both a mental and physical struggle, but not without their rewards.

Like my previous emails this is a brief summary of the recent happenings around our fantastic club.


Trans Tasman 2013

As you all know during the first week of July we hosted the 2013 Trans Tasman Regatta, in which our men’s eight competed. As a nice surprise everything ran exceptionally smoothly from start to finish, with the eight coming out on top winning two out of the three races in a series of nail biting finishes!

The feeling from the visitors was that as a club we did an exceptional job at hosting the regatta, and I would like to thank everyone involved for helping make the week a great success!

Under 21 Selections

After casually whipping the New Zealand Men’s eight during the Trans Tasman Series Jed Nicole and his pair partner Drew Clements (ARC) travelled to Penrith to part take in the selection regatta for the AUS Under 21 Team. Jed and Drew won their heat, which meant they were well placed for a victory in the final! This means the boys will travel to New Zealand to compete in the U21 Trans Tasman Regatta against the host country in a layout not dissimilar to the old Youth Cup.

On behalf of the club congratulations and good luck Jed!

AUBC Winter Camp

During the last week the active members of the club took part in our Winter Mini Camp. The camp consisted of three sessions a day, two during the morning down at west lakes followed by a cross training session at Barr Smith all run by Sean.

I can happily say that I don’t think I have ever experienced as much pain in places that I have never felt pain before, as I did during the last week. We put in a lot of hard work, which I’m certain, will pay off come the University Games in September and the Summer Season.


The Empacher

The last week also has also seen the club take delivery of its very first Yellow Bullet. The Men’s Lightweight 4- / 4x arrived at the Barr Smith Boat Shed last Thursday, and looks right at home. As many of you know the purchase of this boat has only been made possible by donations from many past lightweight rowers and affiliates of AUBC as well as the tireless efforts of Dr Henry Newland and Patrick Maddern. Words cannot express how excited I am!

On behalf of the club thank you Henry and Patrick as well as everyone who has helped make this a reality! I will let you know how it feels! The Boat till be christened on Sunday the 25th of August, so keep the date free!

See you in two weeks

I’m currently on my way to spend two weeks overseas, one in London and one in Iceland.

If there is one thing that I hate more than being trapped in a metal tube of death 30,000 feet in the air its losing a rowing race so you can be sure I will keep up the training as much as I can whilst Im away!

Until I return,